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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. How many will come true ?

27th May 2007
The News of the World report that Norwich have made a £2.5million bid for Scunthorpe striker Billy Sharp. This is later confirmed by Scunthorpe.

26th May 2007
Peter Grant is linked to more interests north of the border, with Dunfermline's Ivory Coast defender Souleymane Bamba and Airdrie midfielder Stephen McDougall reportedly on his radar.

25th May 2007
Speculation on the Pink Un website link Norwich with a £750,000 swoop for Polish striker Konrad Romanczyk from Amica Wronki
Norwich have also been looking at Dereham Under-18 Centre-Back Robert "Robbie" Coote
Norwich are looking at Irish twins Gareth and Gavin Paice and Welsh left-sided midfielder Nigel-Brynn Tracey

22nd May 2007
The Canaries were believed to be chasing the signature of highly-rated Mansfield centre-half Alex John-Baptiste. The 21-year-old defender is out of contract at Field Mill and is reported to have made two visits to Norwich in the past 10 days to see the facilities at Carrow Road and Colney, before returning to hold talks with manager Peter Grant.
John-Baptiste, 5ft 11in and born at Sutton-in-Ashfield, has made 166 senior appearances for Mansfield, scoring six goals. He made his first team debut at the age of 17 in March 2003 and had loan spells at Tamworth and Burton Albion before establishing himself in the Stags' defence. Apart from centre-half, he has played at right-back or as a defensive midfielder.

Striker Luke Varney today revealed he had turned down Norwich City in opting for a £2.5m transfer to Charlton Athletic. Crewe Alexandra marksman Varney completed his move to The Valley yesterday, but reports in the Midlands claim the Canaries had matched the Gresty Road club's valuation of the player. Varney said: "Alan Pardew told me their aim was to go straight back up, which accords with my ambition to play in the Premier League. I could have left it until later in the summer, but I felt this was the best move for me. Norwich were in for me as well, but I didn't think they were in the same bracket as Charlton.

If City manager Peter Grant has missed out on Varney, he is expected to recruit at least one new face from Crewe, with full-back Jon Otsemobor on his way for Norwich to complete a medical, according to his agent.

17th May 2007
St Johnstone striker Jason Scotland has issued a come and get me plea to Norwich City manager Peter Grant. The Canaries had identified the Trinidad and Tobago international as a possible summer transfer target but have yet to follow up on their interest, much to the bemusement of the player and his agent Mike Berry.

Norwich's chief scout Alan Woods has been looking at Scotland this season and has seen him bang in 26 goals for St Johnstone but City have yet to follow up on their initial interest. “Alan Woods was looking at him a little while ago and we were expecting to hear more this summer but so far there's been nothing,” said Berry.“We would of course be interested to talk to Norwich City and I'm surprised that, given Peter Grant's knowledge of the Scottish game, that he has not made a move for Jason.”

16th May 2007
Peter Grant is believed to have expressed an interest in 21-year-old Scottish midfielder Martin Woods who reportedly has an escape clause in his current Millmoor contract following United's League One relegation. Championship new boys Scunthorpe have already made an approach for the former Leeds trainee who is out of contract next summer. Woods has also been linked with Sheffield Wednesday and a potential reunion with Mick McCarthy at Wolves after working under the ex-Republic of Ireland boss at Sunderland. The Millers' player-of-the-season earned rave reviews operating in a wide left role during his debut campaign in south Yorkshire. Woods notched four goals in 36 league appearances

13th May 2007
Norwich City are reported to be one of four clubs chasing Tony Capaldi after the defender confirmed he will be leaving Plymouth on a free transfer. The Northern Ireland international has spent the last four years at Argyle, but says he is ready for a fresh challenge - with Norwich, Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Wolves all said to be interested.

9th May 2007
Norwich City are among five clubs attempting to hijack teenage striker Mark McAllister's move to Celtic. The Glasgow giants are still in pole position to sign the 19 year-old from Irish side Dungannon Swifts although Leeds United, Cardiff City, Derby County, Coventry City and the Canaries are all trying to convince the player that his future lays in England. McAllister scored 15 goals in his first season at Dungannon although he missed a penalty in the Irish Cup Final against Linfield

29th April 2007
The Sunday People report that Norwich are about to bid for Crystal Palace's England under 21 midfield player Ben Watson

22nd April 2007
A national newspaper claims City are interested in Wales international Danny Coyne . The 33-year-old, capped 10 times by his country, is out of contract at Burnley at the end of the season

20th April 2007
City are one of three Championship clubs running the rule over Cambridge United striker Robbie Simpson. The 22-year-old has hit 13 goals in his last 14 matches for the Nationwide Conference outfit alerting the likes of Ipswich Town and Leicester City along with Canaries manager Peter Grant

6th April 2007
Norwich City boss Peter Grant was today linked with a move for Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Alexander. The Bluebirds shot-stopper is out of contract in the summer and will be available on a free transfer after rejecting a new deal with the Welsh club. Grant could move for Alexander after the 29-year-old admitted that he is pleased to be linked with the Canaries.
“I am obviously flattered to be linked with a club like Norwich City but while I'm under contract at Cardiff my thoughts are 100 per cent behind them and promotion. What will happen in the summer, will happen. However, it seems that my future will not be at Cardiff City next season.”

29th March 2007
Norwich City have reportedly been given permission to make an early move on summer target John Otsemobor. The 24-year-old Crewe defender has been given permission to speak to Canaries boss Peter Grant, according to Alex manager Dario Gradi.
“Jon will be on his way at the end of the season and I think he could go to Norwich,” said Gradi. “They have asked if they can speak to him, so perhaps it is all done and dusted.

26th March 2007
Confusion reigned over reports that one of non-league football's leading strikers was due to start a trial with Norwich. Jon Main is the top scorer in the Ryman League Premier Division with 37 goals to his name this season for mid-table Kent side, Tonbridge Angels.Scouts have been regularly sighted at Tonbridge's Longmead ground this season with Premiership Reading rumoured to be one club interested in signing the 25-year-old front man, who has bagged five hat-tricks this term.
Main said of his trial at Norwich: “I've got four or five days there and will just have to see how it goes,” he said. “I can't wait.”
However Peter Grant denied that Main was coming to Carrow Road in any capacity

21st March 2007
Norwich City boss Peter Grant was yesterday linked with another cross border raid for Queen's Park's highly rated teenage midfielder Paul Cairney. Mounting speculation in Scotland suggested Grant plans to run the rule over the 18 year old before the end of this season. Cairney has impressed since Christmas in the Spiders' Division Three promotion push.

Grant was also linked with Falkirk central-defender Darren Barr

12th March 2007
Norwich are linked with Whitley bay striker Lee Kerr who has scored 20 goals for the Northern League Division One side this season. He recently had a trial with Newcastle United, and it is believed that the Canaries are interested in giving him a similar trial at Carrow Road after Easter. Magpies boss Glenn Roeder saw the Jarrow-born striker Kerr go close to scoring on his debut for United's reserves against Bolton Wanderers earlier in the week after partnering £9.5m Albert Luque up front.However, Roeder has decided against offering Kerr a contract at the club, despite believing he has a professional future in the game, although not yet at Premiership level.

11th March 2007
The News of the World reports that Norwich are one of four clubs including Reading, Cardiff and Peterborough who are watching 6ft 4in Histon defender Matt Michel-King

9th March 2007
Reports on the Pink Un message board suggest that Peter Grant has made 'tentative' enquires about David Bell at Luton. Lincoln's on loan striker Spencer Weir-Daley has also been linked to City according to a Lincoln website. MK Dons' boss Martin Allen is reported to be resigned to losing Izale McLeod with Norwich and Derby leading the race. City are also linked with David Mirfin (Huddersfield) and Fran Merida (Arsenal)

1st March 2007
Norwich City have been linked with a move for another Scottish-based player in the shape of Hearts midfielder Julien Brellier.The 25-year-old defensive midfielder is out of contract at the Edinburgh club at the end of this season after two years in the Scottish capital and would be free to sign a pre-contract agreement. Brellier began his career with Montpellier before moving to Italian giants Inter Milan in May 2000. He was then loaned out for three seasons to Lecco, Legano, Venezia and Salernitana and then Venezia once more

26th February 2007
Rumour has it that Chelsea offered keeper Hilario to Norwich on loan to compensate for the injury suffered by David Marshall during Norwich's Fifth Round FA Cup defeat at Stamford Bridge.

19th February 2007
Birmingham, Sheff Utd, Leicester and Norwich are all linked with £500,000 rated Coventry player Michael Doyle

9th February 2007
Scottish striker Gary O'Connor revealed that 5 English clubs sought to sign him from Lokomotiv Moscow during the transfer window. They were Aston Villa, Wigan, WBA, Birmingham and Norwich City

Norwich are linked with a loan move for West Brom's Welsh international striker John Hartson

29th January 2007
According to FansFc, Northern Ireland international Tony Capaldi is a target for Canaries boss Peter Grant. The left-sided 25-year-old, who can play either in defence or midfield, is out of contract with Plymouth in the summer and has yet to sign a new deal at Home Park. Sunderland are also keen to sign the player but reports on Wearside suggest that Norwich have made a bigger offer to prise him away during the transfer window.

Norwich are also linked with Birmingham winger Julian Gray as a long-term replacement for Darren Huckerby

26th January 2007
Norwich are linked on the Pink Un message boards with Sam Parkin, Karl Hawley, Freddy Eastwood, Jermain Easter, Will Anti, Julian Gray, Mark Randall, Celestine Babyaro and Alex Baptiste

25th January 2007
Supposedly Norwich have offered a trial to a 9 year old boy called Luke Telfer, the son of famous Southampton player Paul Telfer. Apparently he's also been scouted by the big boys Chelsea and Liverpool.
Speculation links Chris Cohen of Yeovil Town joining Norwich for £400, 000 whilst James Hayter of Bournemouth is reportedly off to Norwich for £500, 000

20th January 2007
Norwich are linked with Carlisle hotshot Karl Hawley

10th January 2007
Norwich are said to be watching Buty hotshot Andy Bishop
Celtic goalkeeper David Marshall's agent claim that Peter Grant has been in discussion with Gordon Strachan about bringing him to Carrow Road.
Derby manager Billy Davies also reports that Lee Camp is expected to be leaving soon - possibly to Norwich
Norwich make a bid for Celtic's Stephen Pearson who chooses instead to join Derby County

5th January 2007
Reports from Glasgow suggests Celtic's young striker Rocco Quinn might be joining the Canaries on loan.
Norwich and Cardiff are reported by Sky Sports that they are competing for the signature of Luton forward Rowan Vine, who eventually joins Birmingham City on 11th Janaury

3rd January 2007
Speculation on the Pink Un message boards link Norwich with Bristol City duo Lee Johnson and Steve Brooker
The Daily Mail link Norwich and Cardiff with Shrewsbury midfielder David Edwards

1st January 2007
Norwich are planning January offers for Celtic fringe players Derek Riordan and Stephen Pearson. (Daily Mail)

31st December 2006
The Sunday People report that Norwich might swoop for Sunderland's Dean Whitehead
Norwich have also been linked with Motherwell's Australian midfielder Scott McDonald and are supposed to have had bid of £200,000 turned down. Wolves are also keen.

18th December 2006
Peter Grant is said to be preparing swoops North of the border with Hibs trio Scott Brown, Ivan Sproule and Chris Killen on his list along with Celtic's Derek Riordan and Aberdeen's Russell Anderson and Barry Nicholson
Norwich are also linked with Millwall defender Zak Whitbread, Italian youngster Giorgio Di Vicino and Stoke's young striker Adam Rooney

1st December 2006
Norwich are linked with Aberdeen defender Russell Anderson

29th November 2006
Norwich were linked with Hibernian winger Ivan Sproul by the Daily Express

18th November 2006
The Pink Un reports that Norwich are one of a number of clubs to be watching Cork City's 21 year old hotshot Roy O'Donovan who had scored 11 goals in 13 games in the Eircom League. O'Donovan played for the Republic of Ireland B team against Scotland on14th November 2006 and was watched by scouts from Portsmouth, Cardiff, Leicester and Norwich. Falkirk boss John Hughes and Notts Forest manager Colin Calderwood have also watched him

13th November 2006
Norwich boss Peter Grant could make a move for out-of-favour Celtic striker Derek Riordan according to the Daily Mirror

10th November 2006
Norwich are linked with Tottenham's Swiss winger Reto Ziegler and West Ham midfielder Mark Noble

3rd November 2006
Football Rumours report that Norwich will swoop in January for Carlton Cole from West Ham. This is part of a clause in the Robert Green transfer. The Canaries are also close to signing Peter Ramage and James Vaughan on loan. Supposedly Peter Grant will also seal the loan signing for Tomasz Radzinski and Manchester United youngster Ryan Shawcross on loan signing with Shawcross on a view to a permanent deal.

19th October 2006
New Norwich boss Peter Grant wants to make Bournemouth striker James Hayter one of his first signings according to the Daily Star
Whilst the Pink Un reports that Queen of the South manager Billy Stark is being considered as Grant's assistant. Stark and Grant played alongside each other in the Celtic midfield in the 1990s. He also played for St Mirren, Aberdeen (under Alex Ferguson) and Kilmarnock. He was assistant to Tommy Burns at Celtic for 3years and has since managed Morton and St Johnstone.

11th October 2006
Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish rejects links with the City job citing lack of finances as an issue. A source close to McLeish north of the border revealed: “Alex is looking to get back into management and would be happy to go to a Championship club, but the question of budget at Norwich was an issue. He would be a Scottish manager going down south and would most likely get one chance to get it right so that weighed heavy on his mind.”

The Sun suggest former Doncaster boss Dave Penney has become a strong contender to succeed Nigel Worthington

The Football Rumours website link David Platt with the vacancy

10th October 2006
Tony Mowbray is linked with the City position as is Scunthorpe boss Bryan Laws (The Times) and former City midfielder Peter Grant

7th October 2006
The latest candidates for the Norwich vacancy include former Leeds boss Kevin Blackwell and former City defenders Mark Bowen and Kevin Bond

6th October 2006
Former Charlton manager Alan Curbishley is linked to the Norwich job as is Southend manager Steve Tilson

4th October 2006
Former Manchester United and England captain Bryan Robson and former Ipswich manager Joe Royle are linked to the Norwich vacancy

3rd October 2006
Ian Crook is linked with the vacancy at Carrow Road following Nigel Worthington's sacking

22nd September 2006
Norwich made enquiries to bring two O'Briens to Carrow Road on loan - these were Portsmouth's Irish defender Andy O'Brien and Newcastle winger Alan O'Brien

13th September 2006
Everton left-back Pat Boyle is poised for a loan move to Norwich according to The Sun
Nigel Worthington admits to having made enquiries about bringing Tottenham utility player Tom Huddlestone to Carrow Road

11th September 2006
Nigel Worthington admits to havin made a bid during 2005/6 for Southend's prolific striker Freddie Eastwood

31st August 2006
Norwich almost replace Leon McKenzie with Bristol City's Welsh international striker David Cotterill but Wigan step in at the last moment to sign the teenager

21st August 2006
Rumours link Norwich with a swoop for Bolton forward Henrik Peterson and a loan deal for their keeper Ali Al Habsi. Norwich are also linked with Middlesboro's Malcolm Christie.

20th August 2006
The News of the World link Norwich win West Ham goalkeeper Jimmy Walker.

19th August 2006
This week has seen Norwich linked with Derby keeper Lee Camp and Ipswich striker Sam Parkin - whilst Charlton keepers Stephen Andersson and Thomas Myhre were reported to be joining Norwich as part of the Robert Green transfer


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