Leeds United accept Norwich City offer for Jonny Howson

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LEEDS United have accepted an offer from Norwich City for captain Jonny Howson.

A fee of £2 million has reportedly been agreed between the two clubs and Leeds have this morning confirmed a bid from the Canaries has been “reluctantly accepted”.

Howson is out-of-contract in the summer and the Whites would risk losing one of their star men for nothing come the end of the campaign if they didn’t cash-in on him in the January transfer window.

A Leeds statement read: “The club has reluctantly accepted the offer on the basis that the player only has six months of his current contract remaining and has expressed a desire that he would like to play Premier League football at the earliest opportunity.

“The club has been in discussions with the player about a new contract at Elland Road for more than 12 months, but he has been steadfast in his position that he would like the opportunity to play Premier League football and on that basis Jonny hasn’t felt in a position to commit himself to Leeds United at this moment in time.”

The 23-year-old is one of the Whites’ longest-serving players after progressing through the club’s Academy set-up and making his first-team debut against Barnet in the Carling Cup in September 2006.

He’s since gone on to make almost 200 appearances for the Elland Road club but has been sidelined since early December with a knee injury.

Howson is set to become the second high-profile White to make the switch from West Yorkshire to Carrow Road this season following Bradley Johnson’s close season move.

The Morley-born midfielder is expected to travel to Norfolk this week to discuss contract terms.

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