Norwich bid accepted for Leeds captain Jonny Howson

Norwich to hold talks with Howson after Leeds 'reluctantly' accept bid for captain

On his way: Jonny Howson

On his way: Jonny Howson

Norwich have had a bid accepted for Leeds midfielder and captain Jonny Howson.

The npower Championship confirmed
they had 'reluctantly' accepted an offer for the 23-year-old, whose deal
at Elland Road expires in the summer.

A statement on the club's website
read: '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 to play Premier League football at the earliest
opportunity.'

Howson has been out of action since
December because of a knee injury, and Leeds revealed their
disappointment at not being able to tie the former England Under-21
international down on a longer deal.

'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,' the statement continued.

'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.'

Norwich signed Bradley Johnson on a free transfer from Leeds in the summer after the midfielder's contract with the Yorkshire club had expired.