Ian Wright has told the Kelly & Wrighty Show that a deal to take Todd Cantwell from Norwich to Newcastle is “imminent” – and that is the reason for his absence. Dean Smith has blamed his omissions on illness.

Cantwell, 23, is yet to replicate the form that saw him shine during 2019-20 in the Premier League. In 37 Premier League outings, he had a hand in eight goals – scoring six times and creating two more. But he was exciting.

He was linked with numerous top-tier English clubs including Tottenham and Leeds, after Norwich went down. But a move did not materialise. Cantwell has been in and out of the side over the last 18 months.

Now, The Telegraph report that Newcastle have been in talks to sign Cantwell – with Leeds still linked. The report states that a fee is likely to be be between £15million and £20million – and Wright thinks it is close.



“They’re not playing him, perhaps because a deal to Newcastle might be on. I don’t know if it will happen, I believe it will. I do believe that for him not to be playing, a deal is imminent,” Wright said about Cantwell.

“A player like him, I think he is totally disillusioned. When he first came up, I got James Maddison vibes. The way he plays, creativity, confidence. You have to feel that he is not playing because a deal is likely to happen.”

Wright on Cantwell: Does Norwich star improve Newcastle?

Straight away? Probably not. Cantwell is capable of magic. But he needs to settle, in what will be his first club aside from Norwich. Newcastle fans would have to be more patient – than with Chris Wood and Kieran Trippier.

But what Cantwell does have is raw talent, versatility in the final third, tenacity, aggression, confidence in his own ability – and flair. That is what Newcastle lack, other than Allan Saint-Maximin, in attack.

Bringing in Cantwell for a fee between £15million and £20million would be a superb signing, but the Toon fanbase might have to wait for Eddie Howe to get the best out of the England Under-21 international.

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