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Gossip from the Media linking players with moves to Carrow Road

Season 2016-17

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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 ?


10th June 2017
Arsenal's Polish Under-21 international defender Krystian Bielik says: “Probably I will play for Norwich City on loan next season. Talks are close to finalisation.”

18th May 2017
FC Union Berlin boss Jens Keller continues to be touted with the head coach vacancy at Norwich City - with the odds on the German tumbling  Keller is now as short as 11/4 second favourite in the market, after being cut from 40/1 10 days ago, with betting suspended for a period on Thursday morning following a surge in interest.

17th May 2017
Norwich are reported to have agreed a three year deal for Barnsley attacker Marley Watkins; the 26 year old is a free agent who has rejected a new deal at Oakwell.

10th May 2017
A host of Championship clubs including Wolves and Norwich City are interested in signing Newcastle United defender Grant Hanley.

1st May 2017
Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill is reported to be in the running for the vacant head coach position at Norwich City according to the Sun on Sunday

Leeds United boss Garry Monk is also linked with the Norwich vacancy

14th April 2017
Norwich and Tottenham are competing for 20 year old Stevenage defender Ryan Johnson according to the Standard. He spent a week on trial with Tottenham's Under-23 development squad.

16th March 2017
Norwich City are eyeing up a very ambitious £10m swoop for Porto attacker Vincent Aboubakar, according to reports from Fotomac.

 Turkish-Football.com revealed the Canaries were interested in Besiktas’s Cenk Tosun, scouting him against Galatasaray,

Norwich City Management Structure revamp
Following the sacking of Alex Neil on 10th March 2017, there was considerable speculation as to who would replace him. On 18th March, Norwich announced their new management structure which would see a Sporting Director work with a Head Coach (Interim Chief Executive Steve Stone became Managing Director)

23rd March 2017
Exeter manager Paul Tisdale, the second longest serving manager in England, emerged as a contender for the Head Coach position at Norwich according to The Sack Race

22nd March
Suggestions for Head Coach include Barnsley's Paul Heckingbottom, former Red Devil Ryan Giggs, New Zealand manager Anthony Hudson and recently sacked from Middlesboro Aitor Karanka

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke is linked to the Head Coach psotion

20th March
Norwich are linked with Huddersfield's Head of Football Operations Stuart Webber for the new Sporting Director role

18th March
Former Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has reportedly emerged as a contender for the vacant Norwich post

16th March
New Zealand manager Anthony Hudson is said to be keen on a return to England with Norwich
Former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is reported to have declared an interest in the Norwich vacancy

Suggestions for the Sporting Director role include Celtic's David Moss, Tottenham's Paul Mitchell, Southampton's Ross Wilson, Huddersfield's Stuart Webber, former Fulham chief football officer Mike Rigg and Ricky Martin.

15th March
Celtic talent spotter David Moss is a contender for the Director of Football role at Norwich claim Scottish sources. Celtic's head of development scouting issaid to be in the frame, having helped to recruit the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Victor Wanyama during his time in Glasgow, with another Bhoys star, Moussa Dembele, crediting Moss for his efforts after landing the striker from Fulham last summer. Celtic added former Sunderland director of football Lee Congerton to their recruitment team on Wednesday, which could pave the way for Moss's Parkhead departure. The former Swansea City and Crystal Palace academy manager has been with Celtic for the past six-and-a-half years in various roles.

11th March
Former Newcastle and Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is linked to the Norwich vacancy as was former Brentford and Rangers head coach Mark Warburton.
Another suggestion was Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill who had already had three spells at Carrow Road
Outside chances were former QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and ex-Leicester boss Nigel Pearson whilst former Canary Paul Heckingbottom was also mentioned for his successes with Barnsley. Graham Alexander of Scunthorpe was also linked.

10th March
Early suggestions for Neil's replacement were former England manager Roy Hodgson, former Birmingham boss Gary Rowett, Lincoln City's Cowley Brothers and Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neil
The Daily Mail link Preston's Simon Grayson to the vacancy


19th February 2017
orwich City have been linked with a move for Exeter City starlet Ollie Watkins come the summer according to the Sun. The 21-year-old forward has scored 11 goals in 35 appearances for the Grecians this season and was January’s League Two player of the month.

25th January 2017
Norwich are linked with a £3 million swop for Sporting Lisbon's Dutch defender Martin Zeegelaar but he turns down a move to Norfolk

24th January 2017

Norwich are linked to Barnsley defender Angus McDonald

23rd January 2017
Fleetwood hope full-back Amari’i Bell will remain with the League One club until the summer, despite reported interest from higher-level clubs, including Norwich City

Norwich are also linked to Bradford City's James Meredith

14th January 2017
Alex Neil admitted that Barnsley attacking midfielder Conor Hourihane is on his radar.

11th January 2017
bransley Striker Sam Winnall has been linked with a January switch to Norwich City, as Barnsley consider their options over the club’s leading goalscorer. He eneded up ssigning for Sheffield Wednesday

9th January 2017
A Polish website claims Leicester winger Bartosz Kapustka is interesting Norwich, possily as part of a deal that could take Robbie Brady to leicester.


17th August 2016
Norwich, Newcastle, Southampton and Stoke are linked with Dutch striker Luc Castaignos who plays in Germany for Eintracht Frankfurt.

13th August 2016
Norwich are linked with highly-rated French centre back Jerome Onguene who plays for Sochaux and France's Under-19s

Norwich are linked with Cardiff's Icelandic midfielder Aron Gunnarsson.


12th July 2016
Rumours link Norwich with Derby midfielder Jeff Hendricks

11th July 2016
The Sun claim that orwich City have targeted Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga, with the Canaries making a reported £7m enquiry for the Reds’ hitman.

29th June 2016
Iceland’s Euro 2016 hero Johann Berg Gudmundsson is a possible replacement for the departed NathanRedmond, according to the South London Press. Gudmundsson is believed to be waiting until the tournament is over for his country, who famously knocked England out of the last-16 on Monday to set-up a quarter-final against hosts France this weekend, before resolving his club future following Charlton’s relegation from the Championship. The 25-year-old has started all four of his country’s games at the tournament. The South London Press report it is inevitable he will leave as one of the Addicks’ highest earners. Gudmundsson claimed 13 assists last season and scored six goals and has consistently impressed since a free transfer move from AZ Alkmaar in 2014.

The Sun report Norwich lead the race for the free agent Steven Fletcher, who was released by Sunderland last season, after falling out of favour with Sam Allardyce. The big targetman has also been linked with Celtic, Aston Villa and Hull City. Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday appear to be Norwich’s biggest rivals although City are reportedly willing to offer Fletcher £35,000 a week to fend off interest from the Owls.

28th June 2016
The Liverpool Echo claimed on Tuesday that Liverpool's 19-year-old Spanish attacking midfielder Sergi Canos.has been the subject of a £2.5m bid from the Robins after stalling on a new deal to stay at Anfield, but Norwich City are believed to be ready to match the Reds’ valuation.

18th June 2016
Reports in the north-west have Norwich City have been linked with a £1.5m swoop for Bolton’s attacking midfielder Zach Clough. He scored seven goals in 29 appearances for the Trotters last season, who were relegated to League One after major financial turmoil

8th June 2016
The Croydon Advertiser report that Dwight Gayle is ready to leave Crystal Palace with Norwich, Newcastle and Aston Villa all interested.

The Sun report Palace manager Alan Pardew is willing to off load former Cardiff City attacker Jordan Mutch to fund a move for Newcastle United wideman Andros Townsend. Norwich are linked

Brentford’s highly-rated teenage midfielder Juan Pablo Gonzalez Velasco is attracting interest from a host of clubs. Norwich, Fulham and QPR have been linked but Southampton appear in pole position to recruit the 17-year-old.

4th June 2016
19-year-old forward Manchester City forward Patrick Roberts has now joined the Norwich Citywish list according the Glasgow Evening Times. He is currently midway through an 18 month loan to Celtic

2nd June 2016
Dutch centre-back Stefano Denswil is a summer target for Norwich City, according to media reports in Belgium. The 23-year-old Ajax youth product joined Bruges in January 2015 and has helped his club win the Belgian title in the past two seasons. Belgian journalist Sven Claes, of Dutch language Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, claimed on Twitter that Denswil is interesting the Canaries. The former Netherlands Under-21 international made 30 appearances for Bruges last season, scoring twice.


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