Adam Idah Celtic transfer hurdle as Norwich City boss outlines firm stance

Norwich City are playing hardball over Celtic target Adam Idah
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Norwich City boss Johannes Hoff Thorup insists he wants to run the rule over Celtic target Adam Idah in pre-season training.

Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to bring last season's loan hero back to Parkhead on a permanent deal and the Scottish champions have already had a £4million bid thrown out. Idah was a periphery figure under former boss David Wagner last season but after his goalscoring exploits in Glasgow - including two goals against Rangers - newly-appointed Thorup has no plans to sell.

It's believed Idah, 23, wants to return to Celtic Park but Norwich holds all the cards as the Republic of Ireland international is under contract for another four years. Speaking at a fans' forum last night, Thorup and sporting director Ben Knapper underlined Idah's importance to the club ahead of the new campaign.

Speaking afterwards to Pinkun, Thorup outlined his stance by saying: "See it from another perspective. Imagine that he was a striker in another club with his track record, with his history, academy background and so on. What would we say about him? We would say he is a quite an interesting striker, I would guarantee.

"It will be wrong for me to say that we cannot spend time on him, or we should not give him a fair chance as well. I hope that he will find that the way we do things now will also encourage him, and will also give him the feeling that, ‘Okay this is the right place for me’. That's the ambition for now, because I think he's a good player with some good qualities and it could definitely be a striker for us.

“For all the players here, it will be unfair for me to say that, from day one, I will just go and say, ‘Okay, we need this and this and this’. No, I have to give them a chance. We have to see.

"Sometimes players can surprise from initially we have the thought, ‘Okay, they will maybe not be good enough’, but then you can see in training and some pre-season games that they can take the steps. So I think it's fair for me to give them the chance."