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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.
28th May 2001
Reports from London Road suggest that Norwich made an £800,000
bid for Peterborough striker Leon McKenzie. However Barry
Fry is said to be holding out for £1million for the striker who
scored 13 goals in 30 appearances in 2000/01
21st May 2001
Teamtalk suggested that
Middlesborough's Neil Maddison could be on the way to Carrow
Road even though the former Southampton star has been in talks
with hometown club Darlington.
20th May 2001
The Sunday People linked Norwich with a £1million approach
for Tranmere winger Andy Parkinson. Nigel Worthington later
confirmed that Andy was one of a number of players he had enquired
about but that a new striker and a new goalkeeper were his priorities.
18th May 2001
Veteran Sheffield Wednesday keeper Kevin Pressman joined
the list of goalkeepers linked with Norwich to replace Andy Marshall.
14th May 2001
Gillingham defender / midfielder Nicky Southall has been
linked with Norwich although he is expected to join Bolton according
13th May 2001
Cambridge's French keeper Lionel Perez is the latest goalkeeper
to be suggested as a replacement for Andy Marshall.
10th May 2001
Norwich were linked by Teamtalk
with a move for Notts County's Welsh goalkeeper Darren Ward
as a replacement for Andy Marshall who is expected to leave Carrow
Road on a Bosman free. Norwich will face competition from Notts
Forest, Barnsley and Sheffield United. On the same day, the Nottingham
media alleged Norwich were looking at Forest's pacy and strong
striker Marlon Harewood
29th April 2001
Tranmere's relegation has seen their stars linked with moves to
more successful clubs - Scott Taylor was linked by The
Sunday People with a move to Norwich.
29th April 2001
Sport First reported that Norwich were watching whether
Bolton striker Dean Holdsworth signs a new contract with
20th April 2001
Bolton's third choice keeper Steve Banks has been suggested
as a replacement for Andy Marshall if he departs in the summer
of 2001. Worthington knows Banks from their time together at Blackpool,
who are also interested in signing Banks.
22nd March 2001
Norwich were said to be keen to sign Crewe striker Mark Rivers
but were put off by Dario Gradi's asking price of £1.5million
(Teamtalk). This rumour
resurfaced in May 2001.
20th March 2001
As Transfer Deadline Day 2001 approached,Norwich were linked with
a move for Bournemouth midfielder Claus Jorgensen by Teamtalk
Aberdeen's 24 year old defender / midfielder David Rowson
was linked with moves to Norwich, Bolton or Tranmere.
28th February 2001
Teamtalk linked Norwich
with Canadian international left back Richard Hastings
who is currently with Inverness Caledonian Thistle. 23year old
Richard has had trials with Bournemouth and is rumoured to interest
18th February 2001
Norwich manager Nigel Worthington admitted he had watched Kilmanock
midfielder Gary Holt, who has attracted the attention of
a number of English clubs. Holt played against St Johnstone who
fielded another suspected Norwich traget Gary Bollan
13th February 2001
The placing of current club captain Matt Jackson on the tranfer
list due to failed contract negotiations led Teamtalk
to suggest that Arsenal centre half Matthew Upson would
return to his native Norfolk to join the Canaries and replace
25th January 2001
Sporting Life speculated
that Bradford's Peter Beagrie would be heading to either
Norwich or Preston.
25th January 2001
Teamtalk and The Daily
Record linked Norwich with a £200,000 move for St Johnstone
left-back Gary Bollan who has previously played for Dundee
United and Rangers
21st January 2001
Various Sunday newspapers including the News of the World
claim that Norwich and QPR are watching Arsenal's young midfielder
James Harper who is currently on loan to Cardiff who signed
his best friend Rhy Weston from the Gunners earlier in the season.
Harper claimed he had no interest in staying at Arsenal where
the staff ignored homegrown talent in favour of foreign signings.
The move to Carrow Road was mooted again the following week after
Cardiff's £250,000 bid was rejected by Harper.
12th January 2001
After Nigel Worthington was spotted at the clash between Blackpool
and Lincoln, it was claimed that Worthington is interested in
signing Blackpool's young stars John Murphey and John
Hills whom Worthington knows from his period at Blackpool.
7th January 2001
The Sunday Mirror reports that Norwich are considering
a £1million bid for Charlton defender Steve Brown. This
is later dismissed with Nigel Worthington claiming that Norwich's
transfer funds do not stretch that far.
4th January 2001
Sheffield United left back Wayne Quinn was said by Teamtalk
to be interesting both Norwich and Portsmouth. The former England
B and Under 21 international had lost his first team place at
Brammall Lane and would command a fee of approximately £700,000.
28th December 2000
Teamtalk claimed that former
Norwich manager Bryan Hamilton had a £250,000 offer for goalkeeper
Paddy Kenny accepted by the Bury board but that the transfer
remained in abeyance following Bryan's resignation
28th December 2000
Dave Bassett's departure from Barnsley led immediately
to his addition to the "wish-list" of possible new managers for
Norwich with the Carrow Road faithful remembering Bassett's past
promotion glories from Division One with clubs like Nottingham
Forest, Crystal Palace etc.
20th December 2000
After tracking Kilmarnock defender Gary Hay for a number
of weeks, Norwich made an offer of supposedly £150k over the weekend
of 16th/17th December 2000. Although Kilmarnock accepted, Norwich
later withdrew their offer.
15th December 2000
Both The Sun and Friday Sport First reported that
former Southampton and Stockport manager Dave Jones is
close to a return to management with Norwich. Recently cleared
of child sex abuse charges, Jones is alleged to see the Canaries
hotseat as the best way of kick-starting his career that appeared
to be going places at The Dell. Jones is said to be flattered
by Norwich's interest but will face competition from Steve
Bruce, Ian Crook, Mel
Machin, Kevin Drinkell and Jan
14th December 2000
Feyenoord's youth team director Hank van Steeg was linked
with the vacant manager's position at Carrow Road
14th December 2000
Arsenal agreed a fee of £500,000 with Norwich for midfielder Paolo
Vernazza but the youngster opted to stay in London and eventually
8th December 2000
Following Bryan Hamilton's resignation,
the media immediately began linking candidates with the job.Although
Nigel Worthington was appointed acting manager, the media linked
both former Canaries (Kevin Drinkall,
Steve Bruce, Dave
Watson, Ian Crook Robert
Fleck Ian Butterworth and Dave
Williams. Those linked with the post that have no prior link
with Norwich include Roy Evans(ex-Liverpool), Dave Jones(ex-Southampton),
Steve Cotteril (Cheltenham), Mickey Adams(Brighton)
and Joe Kinnear.
1st December 2000
Following Norwich's bid for Kilmarnock midfielder Gary Holt
on 30th November, the Canaries were further linked with swoops
on the Scottish Premier League. Holt is a 27 year old Scottish
international midfielder whose previous clubs include Celtic and
Stoke. Bryan Hamilton and Bob Cooper met with the player who has
attracted interest from a number of other Clubs and Kilmarnock
officials today and Cooper agreed terms with the Scottish Premier
League Club. The deal is now subject to the player being able
to agree personal terms with the Canaries. In addition, it was
revealed that Norwich's chief scout Duncan
Forbes was watching recent games at Aberdeen. The Aberdeen
Press and Journal claimed Norwich were preparing a £750,000 bid
to tempt Aberdeen to part with top scorer Robbie Winters.
Howerver there was some confusion with Scottish sources linking
the Canaroes with tranfer-listed Eoin Jess and Paul
Bernard whilst Norwich have revealed they were actually watching
Winters' striking partner Arild Stavrum Forbes
27th November 2000
Norwich manager Bryan Hamilton enquired after Manchester United's
young Northern Irish international striker David Healy
but were told that he was not for sale at the price the Canaries
could afford. Hamilton turned his attention to Healy's striking
partner in the Reserves and as predicted by the Sunday People
signed Alex Notman.
17th November 2000
Norwich City submitted a £1million bid for Stockport's striker
Ian Moore on 16th November. The bid was accepted by Stockport
but Moore's agents preferred to reject it in favour of investigating
Bryan Hamilton is now expected to pursue other striking targets
in light of the loss of Tony Cottee and
Gaetano Giallanza to Barnet and injury
respectively. One target suggested by Planet
Football is FC Gronigen's 30 year old striker Martin
Drent. Drent is also interesting Notts Forest, PSV and
Feyernoord having begun this season with an impressive striking
record. Hamilton also revealed that Norwich had made an inquiry
for a leading non-league talent but had lost interest when quoted
£1million for his services. The target is believed to be Boston's
Mark Rawle. Norwich have also been linked with Sheffield
United's Marcus Bent before he signed for Blackburn.
9th November 2000
Teamtalk suggests that the
second striker that Norwich are rumoured to be chasing is Blackpool's
John Murphey who scored twice against the Canaries in their
Worthington's Cup encounters earlier in 2000/01
5th November 2000
Cambridge United have revealed they have rejected an offer from
Bryan Hamilton for unsettled 6ft 1in striker Zema Abbey.
As TEAMtalk reported earlier
today, Hamilton was waiting to hear if he had been successful
with bids for two unnamed strikers, one of whom was thought to
be Abbey. Hamilton is desperate to add a new striker to his squad
in order to ease the current goalscoring crisis and believed that
Abbey could make the transition from Division Two. However, Cambridge
chairman Reg Smart described the offer as "being nowhere near
our valuation of the player". He said: "It was a six-figure offer,
but apart from being far too small, we didn't like the way they
wanted to pay it. It also involved a swap for two Norwich City
players who Roy McFarland didn't particularly fancy. "It seems
Zema's agent is hawking him around, while he's still on contract
with us. And my message to anybody thinking they can take advantage
of the situation is that the boy is not for sale." Abbey is keen
on a move higher up the league's and will be frustrated that United
have blocked the move. However, Hamilton is unlikely to pay over
the odd's for a player unproven at Division One level and is now
expected to turn his attentions elsewhere. The City boss is still
awaiting to hear if his other bid has been successful as his search
for a new goalscorer continues. The Luton-born 23-year-old is
a latecomer to professional ranks having only joined Cambridge
from Rymanís League club Hitchin in February.
24th September 2000
The Sunday People reported that Norwich and Birmingham
were interested in 31 year old Southampton player Chris Marsden
but that Chris signed a new contract with the Saints.
reported that Norwich were watching American defender Jeff
Agoos who was one of the USA's three over-age players at the
Sydney olympics. This left sided defender plays for DC United.
10th September 2000
The media reported on 10th September 2000 that Norwich had approached
Newcastle to take Kevin Gallacher on loan but had been
turned down. They later signed Tony Cottee
1st September 2000
Norwich are linked by numerous sources with a move for Leicester
City's veteran striker Tony Cottee, as a replacement for
Craig Bellamy. However Charlton Athletic are also said to be interested.
The following week saw Tony's transfer to Norwich materialise.
24th August 2000
Teamtalk and other sources
report that Norwich have scouted Colchester's Lomano Lua-Lua
as a potential replacment for Craig Bellamy.
However Spurs, Arsenal and Newcastle are also said to be keen
on the £1million rated 18 year old from Zaire. Norwich have also
been linked with Middlesboro's Alun Armstrong.