Signing £7m-rated Wednesday star Tom Lees would certainly boost Norwich’s survival hopes

Sheffield Wednesday

Norwich City have been linked with Sheffield Wednesday’s Tom Lees.

According to a report in The Sun, Norwich City have placed £7 million-rated Sheffield Wednesday defender Tom Lees among their January targets.

The former Leeds United defender has been a key player for the Owls this season, starting 18 Championship matches before succumbing to injury at the beginning of December.

Strong in the air and excellent at reading the game, his fine performances at Hillsborough this season haven’t gone unnoticed and links to the Premier League won’t come as a surprise to supporters.

According to a club-by-club January transfer report in The Sun, Lees is said to be a target for Norwich as the Premier League duo look to bolster their defensive ranks this month.

Lees is valued at £7 million in the report, a huge increase on the outlay Wednesday paid to bring him to Hillsborough after the 25-year-old struggled to make an impression at Elland Road.

Norwich are heavily involved in a relegation battle this season, with Canaries currently occupying 15th position following their 1-0 win over Southampton on Saturday.

With 32 goals conceded thus far, it’s easy to understand why Alex Neil’s side may look place a new defender at the top of their priorities this month in their bid to avoid the drop.

Lees has averaged 2.2 interceptions and 4.8 effective clearances per Championship match this term.

The 25-year-old has the capabilities to succeed in the top-flight, and his proposed acquisition could play a vital role in Norwich’s attempts to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.

The Carrow Road outfit are six points ahead of the bottom three, though a failure to strengthen this summer could prove costly with 18th-placed Newcastle United gradually improving.

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