Aston Villa 'make interest known' for £15m Wolves target who 'terrorised' Ipswich Town

The latest Premier League transfer news as Aston Villa and Wolves battle for a £15m Championship attacker.
Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now

Aston Villa have reportedly joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in the fight to sign Norwich City forward Jonathan Rowe this winter, with an influx of January activity likely. The 20-year-old is the equal-third top scorer in the Sky Bet Championship with 10 goals and he's at the centre of Premier League attention.

Rowe's 143 minutes-per-goal ratio is second only to Blackburn Rovers ace Sammie Szmodics for players with a tally of five or more, while his 37 per cent shot conversion rate can only be beaten by Watford's Mileta Rajovic. There's no wonder, then, that clubs are showing their hand before the upcoming transfer window.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Sun Sport reports Wolves had a £15 million bid rejected in the summer but Villa are trying to spoil the party. Unai Emery's side are said to be looking for added attacking depth and have made their interest known to Norwich. The Canaries don't want to sell but their ongoing financial troubles mean a big offer could force surrender.

Championship title challengers Ipswich Town will know all too well about Rowe's ability as the England under-21 international scored twice, terrorising the Tractor Boys on December 16. There were around six weeks without a goal – between the end of October and mid-December – but Rowe has returned to form recently.

Norwich are outside of the play-offs at current but Jonathan Rowe is still one of the Championship's biggest stars at current.Norwich are outside of the play-offs at current but Jonathan Rowe is still one of the Championship's biggest stars at current.
Norwich are outside of the play-offs at current but Jonathan Rowe is still one of the Championship's biggest stars at current.

It's unlikely the forward would immediately start for Villa as the likes of Ollie Watkins, Leon Bailey, Moussa Diaby and John McGinn have been in tremendous form – but his presence would be a big aid. Jhon Duran is a decent player but isn't quite ready to step up in Watkins' absence, it seems. Rowe, however, is better proven in England.

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.