Norwich City transfer rumours: Canaries join Championship rivals in chase for striker
PUBLISHED: 11:59 26 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:59 26 June 2018
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Peterborough United’s supposed £6million price tag has not deterred the Mirror from touting Norwich City as one of the clubs who are keen to sign striker Jack Marriott this summer.
The 23-year-old was the top scorer in League One last season with 27 goals and a total of 33 in 56 games in all competitions.
The former Ipswich trainee is reportedly keen to stay in the Midlands and being strongly linked with Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Derby County.
Bristol City are another club who are reportedly keen, with Mirror reporter James Nursey also adding Norwich to that group who are ‘weighing up bids’ for Marriott.
However, it seems unlikely the Canaries would be able to compete for a player being touted with £6m moves, despite the recent big-money sales of James Maddison and Josh Murphy.
City have been bracing themselves to fill a £20m hole with the end of Premier League parachute payments, while still looking to shift some of the remaining big earners from their hefty wage bill.
At least one new striker is expected to be on the shopping list of sporting director Stuart Webber but the future of Nelson Oliveira is likely to dictate how much change can happen in the forward department.
Peterborough’s director of football Barry Fry discussed Marriott’s future at the end of last week.
“Jack does want to join Nottingham Forest,” Fry told the Peterborough Telegraph. “But Derby’s interest is recent and I would say they have a better chance of making us the right sort of offer.
“I spoke to Frank Lampard and his father at the play-off finals which was before he had got the Derby job, although it was common knowledge he would be appointed.
“We talked about a lot of players, but Harry Redknapp had told him to keep an eye on our club because of our habit of finding goalscorers.
“Forest say they are keen on Jack, but they have made no offer yet despite their manager being very friendly with our manager (Steve Evans). They talk all the time and Jack is a regular subject.
“Bristol City are also very keen, but again no bid has been made that I would even take to the board.”
Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony also added that he would be willing to hold out to get top value for his current prized asset, having sold Britt Assombalonga to Forest for £5.5m in 2014 and Dwight Gayle to Crystal Palace for £4.5m a year earlier.
“We were burnt a few years ago when not letting a top player (Lee Tomlin) go to Celtic. It caused mayhem in our dressing room and in the end cost us promotion in my opinion.
“At times, the right thing to do is get the best deal for the club and move on and trust our recruitment process.
“But that’s the beauty of Jack Marriott. He was the best professional we had last season. He was first in, last out each day, not money orientated and wouldn’t give us a moment’s bother if he stayed.”
Marriott was released by Ipswich in 2015 after loan spells at Gillingham, Colchester, Carlisle and Woking.
He signed for Luton Town and went on to score 22 goals in 79 League Two games to earn a move to Peterborough last summer for what MacAnthony described as a ‘substantial fee’.