Ipswich Town have been urged by David Norris to stand firm with their valuation of Matt Crooks, with the Rotherham United midfielder not said to be worth £1m given his current contract situation.
Crooks has been at the centre of Paul Cook’s transfer plans this summer at Portman Road, with Ipswich already seeing two bids rejected by Rotherham for the 27-year-old.
The second bid is believed to be north of the £500k mark, but Rotherham are holding out for £1m, despite the fact that Crooks’ deal in South Yorkshire is rapidly approaching its end.
In the eyes of former Tractor Boy, Norris, there’s no way that Ipswich should be forking out £1m.
Speaking exclusively to Football League World, he said: “With a year left, he could see the first few months out and then sign up on a pre-contract. Then they (Rotherham) wouldn’t get anything.
“They’re probably pushing it a little bit to get towards £1m.”
Crooks scored six goals and registered three assists in the Championship last season for Paul Warne’s side, impressing despite Rotherham’s eventual relegation back into League One.
There’s little denying his quality in the midfield, but Norris remains unconvinced that Ipswich should be upping their offer of £500k.
He continued: “I think around £500k is fair. Obviously Crooks is a very good player and Rotherham are still getting a decent return with only a year left.
“I can’t see Ipswich wanting to pay £1m. Around the £500k mark would be fair.”