Report: Ipswich Town eye deal for Tranmere forward James Norwood

James Norwood of England scores from the penalty spot to level the scores during an International 'C' friendly match Between England and Czech Republic at the Kingfield Stadium on November...

James Norwood could be to Ipswich Town what Grant Holt was to Norwich City.

James Norwood of Tranmere Rovers and Tyrone Marsh of Macclesfield Town in action during the Vanarama National League match between Tranmere Rovers and Macclesfield Town at Prenton Park on...

According to a report in the East Anglian Daily Times, Ipswich Town are interested in signing Tranmere Rovers striker James Norwood who has been likened to former Norwich City hero Grant Holt.

The Tractor Boys are planning ahead to next season as their Championship survival hopes look extremely bleak despite an evident improvement under manager Paul Lambert over the past month.

Ipswich have lacked goals all season, netting just 30 times in 38 league games, and they are looking to rectify their shortage of goals ahead of next season by reportedly lining up a move for Norwood.


The 28-year-old striker is the leading goal scorer in England’s top four divisions this season, bagging 25 times in League Two while also grabbing a couple in the FA Cup.

With the striker out of contract this summer, Ipswich could sign him on a free transfer, and he seems exactly the type of physical striker Lambert is searching for.

The report likens him to former Norwich man Grant Holt, a player Lambert relied so heavily on as the current Ipswich boss led Norwich to successive promotions before keeping them up in the Premier League.

Paul Lambert, Manager of Ipswich Town looks on prior to the FA Cup Third Round match between Accrington Stanley and Ipswich Town at The Crown Ground on January 5, 2019 in Accrington,...

Holt spent a good chunk of his career in the lower leagues before impressing at Norwich in his late 20s. He scored 68 goals in 135 starts for the Norfolk side, becoming a Carrow Road favourite.

Norwood is said to have many similar attributes, with the lone striker demonstrating his good movement and excellent finishing ability on numerous occasions this season.

Grant Holt of Norwich City celebrates scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Norwich City at Etihad Stadium on May 19, 2013 in Manchester, England.

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