Talks over whether Bournemouth will sign Todd Cantwell are expected to take place this week, with Norwich boss Dean Smith admitting the Dorset club have yet to confirm their intentions.
Bournemouth retain an option to buy the player, believed to be worth more than £10million, but as DorsetLive has already reported, this decision has probably already been made. For Norwich, the likelihood of receiving significant compensation for an out-of-contract peripheral character in 12 months is starting to look increasingly unrealistic.
As things stand, Cantwell is set to return to his parent club to begin pre-season preparations this summer, following an unsuccessful loan spell in Dorset. Earlier this month, Norwich triggered a 12-month extension to his pre-existing contract earlier this month, primarily to protect his market value. Cantwell’s deal was due to expire at the end of this season.
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Speaking ahead of Norwich’s trip to Leicester on Wednesday, Smith was asked if he fears losing any players this summer to relegation from the Premier League and if Bournemouth intends to activate his option. purchase.
“No, nothing,” Smith said. “The players are all under contract. I think it’s only Lukas Rupp and Todd Cantwell where Bournemouth have an option. Other than that all the players are under contract so as far as we’re concerned they’re staying. at the club .”
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