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Gossip from the Media linking players with moves to Carrow Road
Click here for the 2000/01 Gossip
Flown From The Nest traditionally covers those former Norwich City players who have departed for pastures new. This page will cover those players that the tabloid press speculate will be joining Norwich City or that the Canaries have an interest in signing.

17th July 2000
Norwich manager Bryan Hamilton is said to have approached Arsene Wenger about bringing 18 year old Arsenal striker Graham Barrett to Carrow Road, either permanently or on a one year loan. However Wenger is said to have big plans for the young startlet who made his Arsenal debut in December 1999 and already has Irish Under 21 caps.

4th June 2000
Football news website Teamtalk link Norwich with a move for Ipswich veteran midfielder Micky Stockwell . Bryan Hamilton hasn't dismissed the move for the defender whom he knows from his own time at Portman Road, and whom is available on a free transfer. However Norwich face competition for Stockwell's signature from Colchester United and ambitious non-leaguers Rushden & Diamonds.

22nd May 2000
Tottenham goalkeeper Ian Walker, son of former Norwich manger Mike, is said to be interesting Norwich according to the Sunday People. Walker is expected to face competition for the Number 1 shirt at Spurs from Neil Sullivan (Wimbledon) who is available on a free. However Ian might not anticipate a drop down to Division One.

24th April 2000
Walsall's Dean Keates is a 1million target for the Canaries according to Teamtalk.

16th April 2000
According to reports in the Non League Paper, Norwich are one of a number of clubs to watch Rushden & Diamonds trio of Andy Burgess, Gary Mills and Billy Turley. 18 year old midfielders Burgess and Mills are both rated at 200,000 and have been said to interest Manchester United, West Ham, Sunderland, Everton and Southampton whilst Norwich are said to have had a season ticket at Nene Park. Bily Turley is a former Northampton keeper whilst the other 2 are products of Rushden's youth policy. Norwich will face competition if they move for these youngsters as there was supposedly 14 scouts at a recent clash between Rushden and Morecambe.

19th March 2000
The Sunday People claim that Norwich asked Preston for permission to speak to David Moyes following Rioch's resignation.

16th March 2000
Teamtalk reported "The list of people linked to the Norwich job grows longer everyday but Bryan Hamilton came out top of a local poll. Norwich have been rumoured to be looking at Dave Watson, Steve Bruce, Kevin Drinkall and Frank Burrows and many more to be the new City boss. The local media have linked "Big Name" managers to take charge, like ex-Liverpool boss Roy Evans, Former-Bolton man Colin Todd, Joe Kinnear who has now left Wimbledon and Alan Little who was sacked as West Brom boss recently. It seems like one of these are unlikely to take control though because they are managers who are used to having money to spend and there is little available at Norwich. Bryan Gunn, Robert Fleck and Ian Crook have been mentioned also but they have no managerial experience behind them yet. An ex-player or an up-and-coming manager from the lower leagues will be the most likely option although another fan's favourite is Steve Bruce and Peter Jackson the man he replaced at Huddersfield is also in the frame."

5th March 2000
The Sunday People report that Norwich are interested in signing Bradford midfielder Neil Redfearn who has been relegated in his last two seasons with Barnsley and Charlton.

2nd March 2000
TEAMTALK report that Bruce Rioch may return to Bolton to sign keeper Keith Branagan. Bruce Rioch later played down such speculation staing that he was happy with the two keepers at Carrow Road. On March 6th, Branagan signed for Ipswich Town on a month's loan.

25th February 2000
The Unofficial Football Transfers website reported that Norwich are one of many clubs watching Kettering Town's keeper Adam Sollitt. Other clubs said to be interested include Fulham, Ipswich, West Ham, Tottenham and Leicester who have invited him to Filbert Street for trials.

15th February 2000
Teamtalk reports that Bruce Rioch is said to have switched left back targets and is now after a certain Gregor Rioch, currently at Third Division Macclesfield Town. New Macclesfield manager Peter Davenport says that City have had scouts at both their last two games and are showing an interest in the 24 year old son of Bruce Rioch. Rioch junior has a price tag of around 100,000 and Canaries are certainly looking for a new left-back, with Erik Fugelstad leaving on a free transfer in the summer and Che Wilson has yet to be offered a new deal. Macclesfield manager Peter Davenport has confirmed that Gregor is free to go on trial to Carrow Road.
With the whole Macclesfield squad up for sale, Norwich have also been linked with centre-back/right-back Rae Ingram. Ingram has said he would be interested in a move to Carrow Road but has made it clear he will not go to City on trial. The defender said: "I am 25 and have played 100 League games, so I don't think it would be beneficial to me or Macclesfield. "It would be different if I were 18 but if they want me they should do so without a trial." 300 000-rated Ingram has confirmed he would consider a move to the Canaries, but his stance is sure to cause problems as City like to see potential targets in reserve team action before completing any deals. It's understood that the Canaries have also "taken note" of 14-goal top scorer Richard Barker, but Macclesfield's 500,000 valuation of him is too steep. This story resurfaced in the Sunday People on 6th March 2000 although it was claimed that Stockport and Nottingham Forest were also interested in Barker.

19th January 2000
Teamtalk link Norwich with Everton striker Danny Cadamarteri.

12th January 2000
Eastern Daily Press reports that "Grimsby Town striker Jack Lester was emerging last night as the man to cure Norwich City's goal scoring problems. Lester was placed on the transfer list by Mariners' boss Alan Buckley after the 24-year-old marksman failed to agree a new contract with the Blundell Park club and it's understood that the Sheffield-born player would command a fee of between 500,000 and 750,000... Lester, who enjoyed one of his better games of the season when Grimbsy beat City 2-1 at home in November, is out of contract on Humberside in the summer and would then be free to move on a Bosman transfer leaving Grimsby out of pocket in the process. "It was a business decision to put Jack on the transfer list and it's one we had to make," Buckley told the Grimsby Evening Telegraph. .. Lester, who has been at Grimsby since his junior days, has turned down three contract offers already - a fact that has alerted a cluster of clubs - one of which, according to sources in the north of England - is Norwich City. However, his bustling, direct style unsettles defences and he has been instrumental in securing nine penalties for his team this season alone. The reports matching Lester with the Canaries come just a few days after Rioch was linked with Newcastle's 21-year-old forward Paul Robinson. Robinson, signed for 250,000 from Darlington in March last year, handed boss Bobby Robson a transfer request last week because his first team opportunities have been limited

9th January 2000
Sunday Mirror claims that "Middlesborough 2million rated reserve striker Andy Campbell is attracting the attention of East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town and Norwich City. And Huddersfield, whose promotion bid is showing signs of blowing up, are also interested".
News of the World reports that "Leicester's Icelandic striker Arnar Gunnslaugsson is wanted by Bruce Rioch at Carrow Road. Gunnlaugsson has had an unhappy time at Leicester since his move from Bolton. Norwich fancy the speedy striker and are waiting for the nod. Norwich have also asked about Nottingham Forest's Dougie Freedman."


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