Stoke face a battle to lure Nathan Redmond away from Norwich as the Canaries have spoken of their desire to keep hold.
England Under-21s winger Redmond is one of the Canaries’ most coveted talents and there has been speculation of a switch away from Carrow Road following the club’s relegation to the Sky Bet Championship.
Stoke are reported to be leading the race and could offer £8million, while Swansea, Southampton and West Ham are also among eight clubs said to be showing an interest.
However Norwich chairman Ed Balls says they are determined to keep hold.
Balls told Norwich-based The Pink’un: “Nathan is showing his stuff out in the Under-21s (Toulon Tournament) at the moment, scored a great goal last night and I think everybody at the football club wants to keep all of our players – and our best players – with us into the Championship next season.
“As (manager) Alex Neil has said, the reality is there are going to be people looking at what’s happening at Norwich.
“But we have no need to make any short-term, foolish decisions that are bad for the best interests of the football club – and we’re not going to be doing that.”