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Gossip from the Media linking players with moves to Carrow Road

Season 2007-8

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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 ?

30th June 2008
Norwich City and Kilmarnock are set to fight it out for Linfield striker Peter Thompson.The Northern Ireland international is desperate to fulfil his ambition of playing across the sea but the Blues have yet to receive an offer they deem to be good enough.Kilmarnock had a £50,000 bid rejected by the Blues in midweek but they and Norwich are lining up fresh moves for the talented hitman.

The Sun reports that 'Norwich are about to sign Macedonia defender Nikolce Noveski, 29, for £1million from FSV Mainz of Germany

27th June 2008
Reports suggest that Norwich failed in a last minute bid to sign Leicester striker Iain Hume who signed for Barnsley yesterday in a £1.2million move.

26th June 2008
Rangers' midfielder Alan Gow's agent confirms his client is in talks with Norwich after turning down a move to Burnley.

The Pink Un report that French striker Antoine Sibierski - another player linked with a move to Carrow Road - has been told he can leave Wigan on a free transfer. That could well alert City boss Glenn Roeder, who paid £2m to take the forward to Newcastle United from Manchester City in August 2006 during his time as Magpies boss. Wigan manager Steve Bruce is keen to move Sibierski, who has a year left on his contract, off the wage bill as he hunts new talent.

The Canaries have also been linked with highly-rated Sutton United 17 year old youngster Jerson Dos Santos. Norwich, Charlton and Brentford - where Dos Santos has trained - are reported to be interested. Whichever club lands his signature is likely to offer final-year academy terms to the young striker, leading scorer with 30 goals for Sutton's youth team last term.

19th June 2008
Reports that Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi hd agreed a £2m switch to Norwich are proven untrue.

15th June 2008
The Sunday People suggest that Rangers' Belgian midfielder Thomas Buffel is a target for Norwich

3rd June 2008
The Sun reports "Striker Andy Cole is in talks with Norwich after leaving Sunderland. But the Canaries fear the ex-Manchester United ace, 36, will not want to move his family from the North West."

2nd June 2008
City are linked with Dundee's highly-rated midfielder Kevin McDonald - but only at the right price. The Canaries have been heavily linked with the 19-year-old midfielder after a season of excellent performances saw him named the Dens Park outfit's player of the year and earned him a nomination as a Scottish PFA young player of the year.

24th May 2008
First team coach Paul Stephenson ruled out a move for League One Hartlepool United's forward James Brown, a player the Canaries first team coach worked with at Victoria Park before joining Glenn Roeder's backroom staff at Colney last November. Brown has been linked with a move out of Hartlepool for a number of weeks, with Norwich regularly mentioned as a possible destination for the 21-year-old trainee.

“He was a very good young player. He had his fair share of problems with injury in pre-season three years ago and it knocked him back a hell of a lot,” said Stephenson. “We've got a lot of targets and we have obviously got to find a lot of players.But we've got our main priorities that we want to go for first and I wouldn't say he was one. But he was a striker for me and he's scored a lot of goals. He's a good finisher. It's just that niggling doubt about his knee.”

Norwich have also been linked with Aberdeen midfielder Barry Nicholson in the News of the World and the same paper claim that QPR, Reading and Norwich are chasing Irish international striker Clinton Morrison currently out of contract with Crystal Palace

16th May 2008
Coventry, Norwich and Leicester have reportedly all lodged bids for highly-rated Luton midfielder David Bell, according to the Sky Sports website

Reports in the Midlands suggest the Canaries and Derby have joined Coventry and Crystal Palace in a four-way battle to sign Wolves' former Southend striker Freddie Eastwood

Rick Waghorn suggests that Soutampton's Polish striker Grzegorz Rasiak could be one of the "inbetweener" (players too good for the Championship but not really Premiership class) that Glenn Roeder is seeking to sign. It is believed that Norwich had a loan bid for Raisak in January foiled by a late minute swoop by Bolton

11th May 2008
The Non-League Paper reports that Lee Clark's brother-in-law Peter Baker has resigned his position as manager of Newcastle Blue Star to take up a new role as Northern scout for the Canaries. Glenn Roeder later claims no knowledge of this appointment

9th May 2008
The Pink Un reports that Norwich City boss Glenn Roeder is reportedly tracking Chelsea starlet Jack Cork. The versatile 18-year-old has been linked with a potential Carrow Road loan switch next season after impressing in Scunthorpe's doomed Championship campaign. Roeder's friendship with Chelsea youth chief Frank Arnesen helped entice cultured left back Ryan Bertrand to the club in the January transfer window.

8th May 2008
bNorwich are linked with -of-contract right-back Paul Connolly who had played for Plymouth last season and scored in a 3-0 defeat of the Canaries.

20th February 2008
Ipswich, Norwich and Plymouth have all inquired about Newcastle's young Canadian defender David Edgar

30th January 2008
Scunthorpe chairman Steve Wharton yesterday insisted striker Martin Paterson is not for sale - at any price. Wharton confirmed he had knocked back a Carrow Road inquiry for the Northern Irish hitman after City were reportedly ready to launch an £850,000 Glanford Park raid.

“I have had a very brief telephone conversation with someone from Norwich,” he said. “They inquired if Martin was available - and I said not at any price. When the response came that every player had his price, I told them that £5m would not be enough for them to take Martin. That was the end of the conversation and there was no offer made.”

27th Janaury 2008
The Sunday People claim that Blackburn boss is ready to snap up Macedonias answer to Steve Gerrard - Velice Sumulikoski. The midfielder plays for Turkish side Bursaspor and has been capped 36 times for his country and had a spell at Zenit St Petersburg. The 26 year old would cost about 1 million quid. Norwich City are also interested, but Blackburn are favourites to sign him

13th February 2008
Taken from the Football Rumours website: "Roeder is also keen about Newcastle duo Peter Ramage and Shola Ameobi; however, the managerial situation at Newcastle and Ramage's injury are currently holding those deals at bay. Beyond that, Roeder is looking at Plymouth's David Norris, Sunderland's David Connolly and Carlos Edwards and Sheff United's Chris Armstrong. He's also had a bid rejected for Hartlepool's James Brown"

6th January 2008
The Sunday People claim that Norwich are preparing a £500000 bid for Hartlepool striker James Brown

Reports from Bulgaria suggests that Norwich are 90% certain of signing CSKA Sofia captain and centre back Vladimir Illiev for 1 million euros.

Ipswich Town, Norwich City, Coventry City and Leicester City are reported to be interested in £700,000-rated Cardiff midfielder Paul Parry

4th January 2008
The Barnsley press report that Norwich and Wolves are linked with Barnsley's German left-back Dominik Werling

The Pink Un reports that "Norwich City are poised to appoint a new goalkeeping coach. Tommy Wright is expected to resign as manager of Ballymena United to take up the position. Reports suggest that the former Northern Ireland keeper has been offered a two-and-a-half contract with the Championship club.
However the following day, Wright chooses to stay at Ballymena

18th December 2007
The Daily Star reports that Leicester manager Ian Holloway hopes to beat Derby and Norwich to the signature of Sunderland midfielder Graham Kavanagh.

13th December 2007
Wigan defender Fitz Hall, reported to be a possible target for City boss Glenn Roeder, is now said to be on his way to Queen's Park Rangers. One national newspaper claims Rangers have agreed a £1.2million deal for Hall when the transfer window opens in January, beating off opposition from Norwich and Coventry.

17th November 2007
Norwich, Bolton and Middlesboro are competing for the signing of Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi although Michael Owen's injury whilst playing for England makes it unlikely that Newcastle will relase Ameobi

16th November 2007
Hartlepool youth team coach Paul Stephenson is considering an offer from Glenn Roeder to join City's coaching team

7th November 2007
Norwich City have today been linked with a swoop for one of the hottest properties in the Scottish Premier League - left-back David Murphy.
The Hartlepool-born star has been playing for Hibernian since 2004 after being released from Middlesbrough and is considered by many as the best full-back north of the border.

25th October 2007
Southend manager Steve Tilson expresses his interest in the vacant Norwich City manager's post. Tilson, said: “I've had no contact from Norwich but if they were to approach the club then it's something that I would have to talk to my chairman about."

Meanwhile, Blackpool manager Simon Grayson, is also being strongly linked with the post. The Seasiders' boss is attracting the attention of various clubs after relentless success in his two years. He has taken the Tangerines from League One relegation candidates to Championship status in 21 months at the helm and was linked with the Leicester City job two months ago

Stoke City's Tony Pulis, former Leicester manager Martin Allen, Charlton number two Phil Parkinson and John Gregory are all believed to be in the running for the Norwich job

24th October 2007
Reports suggest that Charlton assistant manager Phil Parkinson has been interviewed by Norwich for the vacant managerial post at Carrow Road. The former Colchester and Hull City boss moved to The Valley in January to take over as Alan Pardew's assistant, but has been linked with a number of clubs in recent months, including South London rivals Millwall.
Graeme Souness is unlikely to be heading to Carrow Road after he ruled out a move to Bolton following the sacking of Sammy Lee according to the Pink Un

23rd October 2007
Swindon boss Paul Sturrock says he is not on City's wish-list, saying he is committed to the League One outfit.
Speculation has also linked Southend manager Steve Tilson with a move to Carrow Road, but the Shrimpers confirmed that no official approach has been received from Carrow Road.

22nd October 2007
Rumours gather momentum that former Canaries midfielder and current Norway national team coach Aage Hareide is one of the overseas managers the board claims have applied for the job.

20th October 2007
Former Fulham boss Chris Coleman, rated a potential outsider for the Norwich City managerial vacancy, has turned down an approach from more than one English club with Bolton and an unnamed club linked to the Real Soceidad manager

19th October
The EDP suggest the following are candidates for the vacant manager's position at Carrow Road:
Paul Jewell - former Shef Wed, Bradford and Wigan manager
Ian Crook and Pierre Littbarski - have worked together in Australia and Japan
Steve Bruce - believed to be on the way out at Birmingham
Dion Dublin - said to be preparing a media career
Martin Allen - former Leicester manager
Joe Royle - former Ipswich manager
Mark Bowen - currently number two at Blackburn
Mike Newell - former Luton Manager
Glenn Hoddle - former England manager
Peter Reid - former Sunderland manager
Peter Taylor - recently sacked by Crystal Palace
Malky Mackay - number two at Waford
Dave Penney - Doncastor manager
Nigel Pearson - assistant manager at Newcastl
Geraint Williams - Colchester manager
Stuart Pearce - England Under-21 manager
Steve Tilson - Southend manager
Paul Ince - MK Dons manager
Phil Parkinson - number two at Charlton
Chris Coleman - former Fulham manager now in Spain
Mickey Adams - number two at Colchester
Paul Sturrock - Swindon manager
Aage Hareide - Norway manager

3rd October 2007
Speculation on the BBC Football 606 site suggests that Norwich, Southampton and Hull are competing for the loan signing of Middlesboro defender Andrew Davies

16th September 2007
The People report that Aston Villa defender Gary Cahill is sought by eight Championship clubs after Martin O'Neill announced he was willing to lend out the 21year old. The clubs are said to be West Brom, Sheffield United, Southampton, Coventry, Stoke, Cardiff, Burnley and Norwich.

10th September 2007
Norwich are one of a number of Championship sides, including Coventry, Ipswich, Hull and Southampton, who are keen to bring Wigan defender Fitz Hall, cleverly nicknamed "One Size", in on loan

22nd August 2007
A number of media sources suggest Norwich are interested in Celtic's young Irish left-back Darren O'Dea and in Rangers' defender and Scottish international Ian Murray who was formerly with Hibs. Murray's move was confirmed by Rangers the next day with him due to sign on Friday 24th August on a free tranger

9th August 2007
The Pink Un reports that Norwich and Ipswich re battling out for the loan signing of West Brom midfielder Darren Carter who scored Birmingham's winning goal in the play-off final against Norwich back in 2003 [by the end of the day, Carter had joined Preston for £1.2m]

8th August 2007
Rumours suggest that City gave a trial to former Millwall super-kid Cherno Samba who has been placed on the transfer list at Plymouth

The Pink Un report that Peter Grant is also looking at boosting his defensive options in the form of Manchester United youngster Ryan Shawcross. The 19-year-old has already been loaned out to United's feeder club in Belgium, Royal Antwerp, and the Premiership champions may be willing to allow him to further his footballing education away from Old Trafford again.
[Shawcross actually joined Stoke on loan on 9th August]

25th July 2007
The Daily Mirror report that Watford and Norwich are fighting over the signature of Leicester forward Matty Fryatt

18th July 2007
SkySports report that Stoke, Norwich, Charlton, West Brom and Preston are preparing to hold talks with midfielder David Thompson

Norwich are also linked with former Leeds and West Ham midfielder Lee Bowyer

9th July 2007
Norwich were linked with Holland Under-21 striker Maceo Rigters but the 23-year-old NAC Breda forward joined Blackburn for an undisclosed fee on a four-year deal.

28th June 2007
Sunderland sign Aberdeen defender Russell Anderson for £1million - a player that Norwich admit to having made enquiries about. Peter Grant said "said: “Russell's a very good player, there's no doubt of that. There's no doubt I would be interested."

Grant dismisses speculation linking Norwich with Watford defender Clarke Carlisle

QPR have signed 24-year-old Barnsley striker Daniel Nardiello, amid claims of a late bid from the Canaries, denied by the club

Reports on the PinkUn mesage board claim Norwich are interested in 21 year old Hungarian defender Csaba Csizmadia

22nd June 2007
Norwich have a £1.5million bid for Southend's Freddie Eastwood rejected by the Essex club.

21st June 2007
Peruvian international Miguel Mostto became the latest name linked with the Canaries. Manager Peter Grant admitted that City had looked at 29-year-old Mostto, who plays his club football for Cienciano, but said they had decided not to pursue their interest in him. “We have seen him and he's a very good player - he's one of the players we have looked at. He's done very well, but I didn't think he was for us,” said Grant.
Mostto signs for Barnsley in a deal worth £400,000

20th June 2007
Norwich hold talks with Scunthorpe striker Billy Sharp - the subject of a £2million bid by City.

7th June 2007
Millwall midfielder Marvin Elliott is said to be wanted by Leeds, Luton and Norwich City as he looks to get away from the Den. Crystal Palace were also linked to the player but they have now confirmed they are no longer interested as they have enough central midfielders

5th June 2007
The BBC report that Dundee have turned down an offer from Norwich City for 20-year-old left-back Paul Dixon. Dundee chief executive Dave MacKinnon told the Evening Telegraph: "We have received an unsolicited offer from Norwich City for Paul Dixon. "But it has been rejected and the matter is now closed."
Norwich assistant Jim Duffy said: "There is a big gap in our valuation and Dundee's, and, at the moment, we are not planning anything further." Duffy, who has had two spells as manager at Dens Park, handed Dixon his first-team debut at Dundee.

4th June 2007
Reports in Scotland say former Celtic star Peter Grant is chasing midfielder Gavin Rae. Rae has been told by manager Walter Smith that he is free to leave Ibrox, and although Hearts have admitted an interest in the 29-year-old, it is believed Norwich could pip them, and Nottingham Forest, to his signature.


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