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Adam Idah Celtic transfer roadblock as Norwich City play hardball over £6m striker

Norwich City are ready to play hardball with Celtic as the Canaries look to keep hold of Adam Idah.

The Irishman, 23, hit nine goals and provided two assists for the Hoops this season as he rounded off his loan from Carrow Road with a famous Scottish Cup Final-winning goal against Rangers. That's prompted a number of pundits and former stars to suggest the club must look to sign him permanently.

A fee of around £6million has been floated as a potential price tag the player would likely go for but Football Scotland understands Norwich are not yet entertaining a permanent sale at this moment.

The EFL Championship outfit just sacked manager David Wagner from his position following their failure to get out of the second tier and back into the Premier League via the playoffs. Their season ended with a hammering at Leeds United who would be promoted.

Football Scotland understands their plans, now, for Idah is to have him back for pre-season after he gained strong experience at Parkhead with his goals tally and the minutes he earned on the pitch as well as his involvement in helping them win the Premiership title.

Idah - contracted until 2028 - will be given the chance to impress among the first-team set up once again at Norwich and given a fresh start under their newly-appointed boss Johannes Hoff.

There was no clause inserted into the deal between Celtic and Norwich for a purchase option for the Hoops which leaves them with little to bargain with until NCFC make their call.

However, Double-winning boss Brendan Rodgers has laid his cards on the table by admitting he'd love to welcome the frontman back next season. He said: "Hopefully we can do something. He has a long-term contract at Norwich but he is definitely one I would love to bring back here. At 23 with the potential and quality he has I think he can really push on in his career."