Adam Idah Celtic transfer talks accelerate as Hoops make Norwich City approach

Celtic have made a transfer approach for Adam Idah
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Celtic have made an official approach to Norwich for Adam Idah, according to a report.

The Republic of Ireland striker had the desired impact after being brought to Parkhead on loan in January, breathing new life into a faltering title campaign to help them to a league and Scottish Cup double. There were huge late goals against Motherwell and Hibs, as well as goals in other fixtures, and that all culminated with the winner a cup final win over Rangers.

Brendan Rodgers made no bones about the fact he wanted the 23-year-old to return on a permanent basis for next year and beyond, admitting that before the season was out and again after that final success rounded the campaign off. There was no option to buy in the loan though, so the Hoops must negotiate with the English Championship side.

Things were complicated by the fact the Canaries changed manager with incoming boss Johannes Hoff Thorup taking over and admitting he wanted to look at Idah in pre-season before any decision was made. But Celtic are not waiting around and appear to have made their move.

Sky Sports are reporting that an approach has now been made. It has previously been reported Norwich would be looking for around £5m-£6m for the player, while there is also a chance Thorup decides he wants to work with him after running the rule in training.

As well as Idah, Celtic also want Paulo Bernardo back after his loan at Benfica. There was a £6m purchase option in that one but it's believed Hoops chiefs were keen to negotiate a smaller fee.

Speaking recently about both loan players, assistant boss John Kennedy said: "Again, there are a lot of conversations taking place as we come back for pre-season and hopefully in the coming weeks some things will start to happen. There are a lot of plates spinning and a lot of work to be done."