Adam Idah to Celtic transfer lands £9m price tag from Chris Sutton as he shares Norwich suspicion

Chris Sutton reckons Norwich may want up to £9million from Celtic if they want to sign Adam Idah.

Record Sport exclusively revealed that the Hoops hierarchy were prepared to back Brendan Rodgers in a bid to land the Irish striker after his loan stint from the Canaries. It had been the consensus that the East Anglian outfit would be seeking around £5million to make the deal permanent.

However, Sutton - who started his career at Carrow Road - now believes his former club will up the ante given Idah's form in green and white, coupled with the going rate for strikers south of the border. And with Norwich being dumped out of the Championship playoffs and missing out on the English Premier League jackpot, then maximising transfer revenue this summer will be key. Sutton suspects a fee of up to £9m could be demanded. And he points to a previous Celtic cash splash that shows the club are prepared to do it for the right player.

“I think this is a really difficult one and I understand the Celtic fans’ frustration with it," he told the Monday Night Club on 606. "But for example, when Ange Postecoglou came in, and we’ve spoken about this before, he targeted the Japanese market where it was a good market to target where they got quality players in for reasonable money.

“But it’s what level Celtic are prepared to go to in terms of a development player? And you look at the money down in the English Premier League and it’s it’s difficult because there are no guarantees.

Odsonne Edouard of Crystal Palace looks dejected -Credit:Visionhaus/Getty Images
Odsonne Edouard of Crystal Palace looks dejected -Credit:Visionhaus/Getty Images

“But you have to look at what Brendan Rodgers is doing. Brendan Rodgers is an outstanding coach, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. And he is a developer of players.

“But the big debate at Celtic now amongst the Celtic fan base is Adam Idah. Adam Idah is on a long-term contract at Norwich, there was no deal in place where he would sign for Celtic at the end of the loan.

“Now what would you price Adam Idah at? And that’s the difficulty. I suspect he may be something like £7m, £8m, £9m. Norwich may want even more.

“I think he is on quite a long-term contract there. But, remember Odsonne Edouard when he signed for Celtic from PSG? I think he was £9m. So Celtic may have to splash out they might not like doing it but they have to pay that.”