Norwich City talent Reece McAlear is set to return to the SPFL as a cinch Championship club agree to sign him on loan, NTOF understands.

McAlear started his professional career at Motherwell and has been linked with a move to Queen of the South – where Norwich City sent youngster Aidan Fitzpatrick to last season – but the midfielder won’t be at Palmerston next season as NTOF understands that move is a non-starter. Inverness CT has been suggested as another option.

Cheltenham Town v Norwich City U21 - EFL Trophy

Coming back north. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

The recently-promoted English Premier League club are keen to get McAlear some first-team experience and he will head to the Scotland’s Championship to get that. A central midfielder, McAlear made his Norwich City debut last season.

He also featured 20 times in Premier League 2 alongside 4 EFL Trophy appearances. McAlear signed for Norwich City in 2019 – at just 17-years-old – after coming through the Motherwell youth academy, the Fir Park club keen to keep him on their books prior to his move south.

Norwich City have a slate of Scottish youngsters on their books. Goalkeepers Jon McCracken and Archie Mair are both highly-thought of at Carrow Road while Fitzpatrick and McAlear are also well-regarded by the Premier League club.

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