Norwood set to stay... despite seven clubs showing interest

James Norwood gets the ball under control at Bolton Wanderers.

Several clubs have enquired about the availability of Ipswich Town striker James Norwood. - Credit: Pagepix Ltd

James Norwood looks set to remain at Ipswich Town beyond the January transfer window, despite seven different clubs showing an interest in his signature.

The 31-year-old striker was banished to the Under-23s and transfer-listed last October, the club's hierarchy deciding his rumbustious personality was simply not for them.

He was allowed to return to the fold in December though, after manager Paul Cook had been sacked following a poor run of form, and subsequently scored four times in six games to take his overall tally for the Blues to an impressive 26 goals in 49 starts and 23 sub appearances.

James Norwood celebrates at Gillingham.

James Norwood has scored four goals in six games since being brought back in from the cold. - Credit: Pagepix Ltd

The EADT and Ipswich Star understands that Championship club Preston, as well as League One outfits Wigan, Plymouth, Oxford United, Portsmouth, Charlton and Lincoln, have all made enquiries, with chief executive Mark Ashton leaving the decision on the front man's future in the hands of manager Kieran McKenna.

McKenna may have dropped Norwood for Saturday's 2-1 home win against Accrington, but he has been glowing in his praise of the striker, stating that his 'attitude on the pitch has been infectious' and that 'he’s been a good influence around the group'. 

Norwood, meanwhile, has always made it clear he wishes to remain in Suffolk and earn himself a longer stay. His current contract expires this summer, though the club do have the option to extend that by a further 12 months.

With the likes of Sone Aluko, Tom Carroll, Kayden Jackson, Jon Nolan and Tomas Holy also coming towards the end of their current deals, McKenna said: "We’re in dialogue about that (contracts), but I don’t think it’s the time yet to start talking too much about the squad for next season and what the balance might look like. It’s a little early for that because we want to look at this season and the players here now, as well as January. 

“A little further down the line is the time to talk about next season and the players and squad we might like going into it.” 

Toto Nsiala (sold to Fleetwood) and Myles Kenlock (loaned to Colchester) have both departed Portman Road this month. Rekeem Harper and Idris El Mizouni have both been made available for loan, while Tomas Holy and Jon Nolan could both move on as they near the end of their deals.

Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna pictured with goalscorer James Norwood after the game.

Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna has been full of praise for striker James Norwood. - Credit: Steve Waller - stephenwaller.com

IPSWICH TOWN CONTRACTS

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* Known 12-month extension option 

LOANS: Coulson, Bakinson, Celina, Bonne

2022: Holy, Kenlock*, Clements*, Carroll*, Nolan, Aluko*, Norwood*, Jackson

2023: Vincent-Young*, Donacien*, Penney*

2024: Walton*, Hladky, Woolfenden*, Burgess*, Morsy, Evans, Fraser, Harper*, El Mizouni*, Burns, Edwards*, Chaplin, Pigott, Walton*

2025: Edmundson