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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
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
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
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."