Chris Hughton’s north-east connections have predictably featured prominently in the first stirrings of close season transfer speculation involving the Canaries this summer.

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Norwich have been added to a list headed by Fulham and QPR as potential suitors for Newcastle right-back Danny Simpson.

The 25-year-old is reportedly heading for the exit door at St James’ Park after contract talks stalled on extending his original three-year-deal which is now rapidly approaching the final 12 months. The Newcastle Evening Chronicle believes Alan Pardew will cash in rather than let Simpson run down the remaining year of his current deal.

The Europa League contenders have also been heavily linked with a potential replacement in high-class French international defender Mathieu Debuchy. Hughton signed Simpson for £750,000 when he was Magpies’ chief in 2010 and with Kyle Naughton returning to Tottenham after a successful season-long loan stint, City’s squad may need reinforcing in that area of the pitch, despite Russell Martin and George Francomb both signing extended contracts in recent weeks. Interestingly, Newcastle also feature prominently in another slice of transfer tittle tattle involving Norwich and Hughton’s predecessor, Paul Lambert.

Representatives for Ajax right-back Vurnon Anita claim the 23-year-old was contacted by the Canaries’ former boss, although Newcastle are also on Anita’s trail. The Dutch have reportedly slapped a prohibitive £8m price tag on the youngster to ward off potential Premier League suitors.

Anita’s representative Harry Lulofs, quoted in the Jarrow and Hebburn Gazette this week said: “Ajax are very satisfied with him and want to keep him, but Newcastle have been watching him for a long time and really want to sign him. This is the first offer Ajax have received for Vurnon and we’ll soon see how they react.

“The only other Premier League club to get in touch was Norwich. Paul Lambert called me to ask about him. Now he has moved to Aston Villa so maybe they will be in touch. I don’t know.”

Lambert has been heavily trailed with a raid on his old club for Grant Holt after the skipper re-affirmed his desire to leave last week following an initial transfer request.

City chief executive David McNally revealed recently West Ham failed with two close season initial bids below £4m, but the Daily Mail yesterday suggested Sam Allardyce will test City’s resolve once again with a bid of that amount for the 31-year-old. Villa and Everton are also reportedly monitoring the situation.

Finally, Skysports have thrown Norwich’s name into a list that includes Stoke, Wigan and newly-promoted duo West Ham and Reading reportedly keeping tabs on Greek striker Dimitris Salpingidis, who struck an equaliser for his country against Poland in the opening game of the Euros.

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29 comments

  • Perhaps we should've seen the Jock's exit coming from even further back than we did. An anagram for Paul Lambert is " a ball term up" !!!

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • bum later pal (anag). Not that we wish PL any ill, of course.

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    canarydownunder

    Friday, June 15, 2012

  • Lobbo, according to the "Norton Subcourse with Nogdam End Pig-Breeders` Quarterly", Grant is looking for a new career path altogether. An innovative range of pork products branded "Grant`s Grunt". He changed his mind about the constabulary.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • I hope that Dimitris Salpingidis is not an anagram for Michael Theoklitos.

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • As for the greek - 1 spirit missing a lid?

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    canarydownunder

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Surely it would be much simpler if we had made Tottenham an offer for Kyle Naughton? .....and offered Whitbread a new contract? Both were magnificent last season.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • el dingo, if PL is really being that predatory, we`ll have no team at all. I suppose their contracts are meaningless? If Lupa Trembla does us that much damage that quickly, he`ll be demonized round these parts. Not that he`d bother, what with his personality type. That Hall of Fame entry should be transferred to the Alley of Infamy, or the Gutter of Greed. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 14, 2012

  • Salpingidis, is there an ointment for it.... and as randy Lerner is only giving PL £20m to spend he cant afford all those City players.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, June 14, 2012

  • Dimitris Salpingidis is be avoided due to the magic revelaed in anagrams. Dimitris Salpingidis = Dial a dispiriting miss.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Rumour has it that Gorbalschev is knocking on `Arry`s door at Spurs for Kyle `Grasshopper` Naughton, though rumours of Redknapp`s imminent departure could mean PL would rather Naughton stayed put.... It can`t be difficult to get out of a freshly signed 3-year contract can it? Ink`s not even dry, PL, - smudge it! Anyway, Lerner has plans to convert Villa to Baseball; the "Bodymoor Bluesox". Counter-rumours claim it is Shinty he has his eyes on; the "Paisley Pantihose", so there could still be a future for Paul.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Nowhere near, B Inners! Anyway, Salpingidis is Greek, Theoklitos is Australian. It`d be a good project to make an anagram out of Michael Theoklitos. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Following up on ImD's Leon Best tip, I ended up at Newscastle's Chronicle site and found that the Geordies are planning a big welcome when CH returns to.....The Sports Direct Arena. An interesting comment about him taking over after they were relegated, leaderless and, "With some players jumping ship that summer, he quickly healed the dressing room and made Newcastle "United" once again." Sounds like the man of the hour. Now let's get out on the market before Lambo hoovers up all the talent.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Mentioned it previously but it wouldn't surprise me to see Nathan Redmond end up gracing the hallowed CR turf next season. Highly rated, attracting interest from some "big names" and interestingly was the first of CH's former players to express sadness and disappointment at his departure for pastures new before thanking him for all he had done. Would provide another great wide option and a very good insurance policy against losing one of our own wingers.

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    Jonny Fowler

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Apropos of something; `Arry`s quit Spurs. Is the ink dry on the Villa contract, Paul? Quick........

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 14, 2012

  • PS I saw that snippet in the `Norton Subcourse with Nogdam End Pig-Breeders` Quarterly Newsletter`. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • lol I doubt all our players will suddenly jump ship, if we let all our players go we'll have no team haha. Plus we don't need to sell remember.

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    ImDrunky

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • As for the greek - 1 spirit missing a lid?

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    canarydownunder

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • That `invisible ink on the contract trick` worked at Villa. Lupa Trembla`s now off to Spurs. Fact. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 15, 2012

  • One name I'll put out there I wouldn't mind NCFC buying is Leon Best, will be a suitable replacement if Holt does go.

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    ImDrunky

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Brewer, if only they had sought the wisdom of anagrams, it would have been revealed that MT was never going to be happy in Norwich and that he was desperate to return to Oz. Michael Theoklitos = Hello a homesick t*t

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Tools cheat like him (especially down here)!

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    canarydownunder

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Well, if it was in the ' Jarrow and Hebburn Gazette' it must be true!!

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Or the Vestibule of Voracity. Certainly not veracity!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 14, 2012

  • Is Holt still at Norwich.

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • He`s sipping wine in Cyprus with Mr & Mrs Drury, reportedly. Perhaps Ads`ll persuade him to stay at Naaridge?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Yeah it's all going great. Kyle Naughton's on his way to Villa for around 4m NOW, Howson and Bennett (Ryan) will be there in Jan too and Pilks - can-t say when. I just hope this isn't true but the source is good. PL is the ultimate vulture and we could be left "a little short" next season.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • "We f*c*i*g love Dimitris Salpingidis" is one heck of a chant to get out

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    Pondlife

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Seriously, I wonder if Lupa is looking at the Spurs situation and thinking "did I jump too early?"..... On the other hand, with Spurs finishing 4th and in danger of losing a few more superstars to the Mega-Clubs (a sort of bale-out), perhaps Villa fits the "Messiah has come" profile better for him. For him. Spurs might be a tougher prospect for redemption for Him. For Him. PS, marvellous anagrams, guys. OTBC

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 14, 2012

  • Waiting to see if Snodgrass joins his mates at Norwich or goes to Villa.

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    Ardara24

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

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