Could Norwich City's financial situation lead them back to reported January target James Meredith?

Bradford City's James Meredith celebrates scoring the first goal with Devante Cole and Mark Marshall

The Bradford City defender, who was recently named in League One's team of the season, was linked with a move to Norwich City earlier in the year.

General view of Norwich City's Carrow Road groundGeneral view of Norwich City's Carrow Road ground

The Daily Mirror reports that Norwich City may have to asset strip in a bid to boost their coffers this coming transfer window.

Seven players have already been released, with others - including captain Jonny Howson - said to be at risk of being sold should offers come in.

Norwich's Jonny Howson scores their first goalNorwich City captain Jonny Howson

But the Canaries' transfer plans needn't all be dependent on prior outgoings, with one of their alleged former targets available for free at the end of his contract.

Earlier this week James Meredith [who the Daily Mail linked with a move to Carrow Road in January] reiterated his desire to play Championship football next season - whether that be at Bradford City or not - and an approach from Norwich would surely test the left-back's loyalty, irrespective of how the Bantams get on in their League One play-off campaign.

Meredith has been one of the third tier's stand-out performers this term, earning him a place in the divisional team of the year, and a chance to impress at a higher level is perhaps overdue after four years of standing still.

Norwich have an option to sign Mitchell Dijks permanently this summer, although having previously failed with a £3.4 million bid [ITV Sport] it's unlikely the Ajax left-back's transfer would fall within the Canaries' budget.

Meredith's would, and those at Carrow Road would be wise to consider him once more.

Bradford City's James Meredith celebrates scoring the first goal with Devante Cole and Mark MarshallBradford City's James Meredith celebrates (right)

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