LEEDS United have confirmed that they have accepted an offer from Norwich for captain Jonny Howson.
The Morley-born England under 21 international is out of contract at the end of the season so the Whites have opted to cash in if the midfielder can agree terms with the Premier Division outfit where he would join his midfield partner from last season, Bradley Johnson.
A statement on the United website says: “The club has reluctantly accepted the offer on the basis that the player only has six months of his current contract remaining and has expressed a desire that he would like to play Premier League football at the earliest opportunity.
“The club has been in discussions with the player about a new contract at Elland Road for more than 12 months, but he has been steadfast in his position that he would like the opportunity to play Premier League football and on that basis Jonny hasn’t felt in a position to commit himself to Leeds United at this moment in time.
“The player would be able to leave on a free transfer at the end of his current contract.
“While accepting the offer on Tuesday the player has still to agree terms with Norwich and we are disappointed the matter has become public at this stage.”