Claret and blue vultures are the first to have been sighted circling Norwich’s Championship-bound body, with West Ham plotting a summer swoop for the Canaries’ creator-in-chief Robert Snodgrass.
The Scot is one of a small minority of players the Carrow Road faithful would be sad to see abscond based on their performances during their catastrophic 2013/14 campaign.
Forever looking to augment his supply line to target man Andy Carroll, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is a known long-term admirer of the former Leeds man and is expected to offer recently-relegated Norwich £3m for his services.
The East Anglians would be foolish to accept such a paltry sum for one of the Premier League’s leading fashioners of chances from last season, however.
Only seven Premier League players made more key passes per outing than Snodgrass, only one of which, Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, plied his trade for an outfit to finish outside of the top-four.
On top of this, and perhaps more importantly, current Hammer Stewart Downing is the only player to have made more than 20 top-tier starts and averaged more crosses than the man the Mirror reports could soon be on his way to Upton Park.
Given Allardyce once shelled out a figure rising north of £10m for Matt Jarvis following Wolves’ 2011/12 relegation, it’s apparent paying big bucks for players who prefer to provide doesn’t perturb him, meaning Norwich can easily squeeze a few more millions out of the eastenders’ bankrollers.
But Snodger is much more of a fiend in the box than your typical midfield conjurer.
The six goals he fired were enough to see him to share the Canaries’ seasonal top-scorer trophy.
A shot-shy attack of a relegated outfit may not be the soundest benchmark to measure Snodgrass’ tally against, but only Kevin Nolan of the current Hammers crop was able to outscore him this term.
After his stellar season in the Premier League, it’s likely he’ll be included in the Scotland squad to face Nigeria in a pre-World Cup friendly later this month; they’re 7/4 to beat the African country.