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Gossip from the Media linking players with moves to Carrow Road - 2000/01 Season
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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 to Teamtalk.

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 the Trotters.

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

March 2001
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 Middlesboro.

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 Jackson.

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 Molby.

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 joined Watford.

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 other offers.
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.
Teamtalk 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 instead.

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.


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