Rumour Mill: Troy Deeney linked with Norwich City move, as West Brom chase Martin Olsson

Watford's Troy Deeney. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. Watford's Troy Deeney. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

Monday, June 30, 2014
9:46 AM

Troy Deeney would appear to be flavour of the month in the speculation ranks this morning as Neil Adams is rumoured to be putting together a record-breaking strike force, numerically at least.

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Norwich City's Martin Olsson and Tottenham Hotspur's Aaron Lennon compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture: Stephen Pond/PA Wire.Norwich City's Martin Olsson and Tottenham Hotspur's Aaron Lennon compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture: Stephen Pond/PA Wire.

Having secured the services of Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty, City are now reported to have had a £5m bid for the striker rejected by Watford.

However, West Bromwich Albion have “joined the race” while the likes of Swansea, Aston Villa and Burnley are keeping tabs on him.

Deeney, 26, scored 24 Championship goals for Watford last season and 19 the previous season. He joined Watford in August, 2010, having started his career at Walsall. Should Deeney seriously be a target for City it would lead to an unfeasibly large number of strikers, although there are some obvious candidates for the departures list, either through ambition or disgruntlement, depending on the pecking order.

West Brom are also being linked with City full-back Martin Olsson.

The Daily Mail claim new Baggies boss Alan Irvine wants to beat West Ham to the signature of the 26-year-old Sweden international.

Olsson joined the Canaries from Blackburn for a reported £2.5million and finished as runner-up in the club’s player of the season vote.

He played 37 games in all competitions after establishing himself as City’s first choice left-back ahead of Javier Garrido, scoring one goal, in the 6-3 home win against Bury in the second round of the Capital One Cup.

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42 comments

  • The challenge is for Neil Adams and his coaching team to bring the squad together. A prolonged dither over who is in and who is not will be a distraction so I hope that the club is doing as much as possible to make players feel secure. Snoddy's departure was inevitable and possibly best for all. Ollson is my priority to hold on to, especially if intrest is only from perennial Premier League strugglers. It would appear that the chaotic approach to team selection, tactics and motivtion last year made it hard to see what most player's potential was but we do have a lot of talent (or do we say "quality" these days) in there but it needs forging into a team. I would like to see what Fer can do in a team that plays as a team.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • After his world cup goal, I can't see Leroy Fer being content with Championship football. However he seemed so turned off at the end of last season (unsurprisingly) perhaps now is a good time to cash in.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • Important to keep hold of Olsson...a real quality player and should have been 'Player Of The Season' (IMO)...would show a real lack of ambition if we can't keep hold of players like him, Ruddy, Fer, Hooper, etc...Adams is obviously gearing up for a very attacking City side and he's made some good signings already...just let's not try to lose any of the TOP boys...rather add to the quality!!! OTBC

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    YarcoYella

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • My mate in Bournemouth reckons they have put in a £1.25 million bid for Andrew Surman, could he be the next one to go. Sad to see him go as he is a good left sided midfielder.

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    Gibbo

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • Spot on, waclor, regarding Luca. The only good thing for him at NCFC was the terrific osso buco he got for his lunch at Colney. We also need a classy midfielder who can speed things up. We could all be pleasantly surprised. With the gloomy shadow of Hugh Trollderwood lifted, the existing players have it in them to succeed!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • This is of course only a rumour? If not forget team building, this looks more like the random acquisition of players a la Bryan Gunn. Who said three at the back? We do not have three central defenders good enough and we desperately need a classy midfielder who can slow play down and make things happen. RvW and Hoops owe the club and we should give them the chance to repay that debt. Luca is owed a chance by Norwich who in the form of Useless Hughton, did everything possible to wreck his career.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • Hindsight clearly shows that Chris Hughton remained in charge for too long. Mind you I could not see the board sacking Hughton and replacing him with Adams after any of the Fulham results around the turn of the year, for example. Agree Olsson is one player who would be missed if sold. Hull have bought Snodgrass but are likely to struggle. West Brom will struggle whether or not Olsson joins the Baggies. City need to rebuilt, not only get promoted but to do better than the likes of Hull and West Brom plus Sunderland who had a remarkable finish to the season. City bound to feature in the Championship rumour mill. Norwich are one of the teams to watch, from a neutral viewpoint. If City had stayed up the Canaries would have been one of the favourites to go down. Time for a clean slate. OTBC

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    Capri

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • ..and definitely hold on to Ollson.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • I don't like the idea of losing players to the likes of WBA, West Ham and Hull, all of whom will fall apart when their mid-level bank-rollers lose interest, get locked-up, etc.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • And yes hang on to Ollson.

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    Egyptian canary

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • I for one would like to see Hoops and RVW here next season as I think we have yet to see the best from both of them. I think will see both of them perform much better under NA and GH. As it was last season they were afraid to go over the half way line.

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    Egyptian canary

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • I'm surprised nobodys yet spotted our strategy for this year. Buy all the strikers so no one has them and then we dont need to worry about strenghtening our defence...!!!

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    zebbee

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • I agree with every comment here re Martin Olsson. Excellent in every respect. So for once I agree with you, Dubai!:)

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    el dingo

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Olsson was the best player last season. Saw all of City games live here in Spain. Always thought he could have played in front of Garrido.

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    Barry from Spain

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • The Canaries must take a leaf from history. There was an occasion as I recall when the City went down and the club persuaded Watson, Woods and Bruce to stay a short time and we went straight back up! So fight, fight, fight to retain the best even for a short time to achieve the objective and return to the promised land!

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    mardler

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • There should be enough left on Olsson's contract to enable City to dig in and defend vigorously against a move from Carrow Road. Retaining him would be a strong assertion of intent in the Championship this season and a great assist in maintaining supporter morale which is also important. Whoa Colin! You are being harsh on Garrido who always played for the shirt while having little assistance from those around him! Meanwhile those concerned about quick nutrition at Carrow Road might investigate Cornish Pasties from the West Cornish Pasty Co who sold 8 million last year! I have no connection with the firm but note Danny Mills is one of the owners! An awful lot of squit was written about Danny & Norwich last season when really he sees our problems clearly and speaks in an objective manner. Let us munch on it!

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    mardler

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • A couple of years ago we used to say that Houghton was trying to compose a team of goalkeepers. Now Neil is composing a team of strikers. As other people are saying it won't be long before last year's signings are gone. We couldn't afford them even if anyone wanted to keep them. Bolton and QPR both lost £60m in their first year down.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Olsson in my opinion is by far our best player. Definitely deserves to be in the Premiership so I expect him to go but it will be a shame if he does - not only does he have quality but also total commitment from start to finish. If the rest of the team had done the same, Norwich would have stayed up.

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    Johny

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • No problem being linked to strikers and im sure Adams isnt so daft to think that the answer to our goals problem is sign 100 strikers. We have to think where we are at though. Despite what RVW said on twitter recently is he on the way? Is there truth in the talk Hooper fell out with Adams? Despite the board saying we dont need to sell (to please us fans), in reality if someone offers big money they would be foolish to say no when players like Grabban, Deeney are about for lower wages, transfer fees, bonus money etc...and are experienced in the league we are now in. Personally I hope Hooper and RVW stay. In reality im sure at least 1 will move on. Dont panic about the supply line yet guys. Just because that area is one place we need to sort does not mean its the only area we are focusing on and cant get deals done elsewhere. The Grabban deal was just obviously easier to get done. I see Watford have got Matěj Vydra back on loan from there nutty owners other club Udinese so maybe they will be willing to do business for Deeney. Another good player. Exciting stuff if anything comes of it.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Please stop carping on about NA he has shown he has the guts to step into the firing line,let him get on with getting City ready for the big push.CH destroyed all confidence in our players,we should all get behind City and support the new team.Please dont knock something that NOT happened.We cant all be as negative as CH was.Come on you doubters ,we did it once and we will do it again.OTBC

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    canarykid

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Watching the under dog teams in the Word Cup reminds me how awful we played as a premiership team last season. It was not even mid table championship standard. Looking at the signings so far it looks as though the Board are preparing us for an improvement in performance. So this season above mid table championship standard - but no way near play offs. Why oh why did the Board keep Hughton so long. It will be many a year before we get back into the premiership.

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    Canterbury Tales

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • I would love it we sign Deeney! Surely though he would want a Prem move and Watford wouldn't sell him to a Champ rival? All this interest in strikers does suggest that a few are heading for the door. I personally trust Adams to assemble a team that fits his ideals and tactics. Also I'd imagine Hooper might request a transfer as he wanted Prem footie and only really came to Norwich to be in the shop window I think. Olsson is definitely someone to try and hold on to but I wouldn't blame him if he wants a transfer to a Prem side, he was one of the best full backs in the lower half of the Prem last year. For the right kind of price I could see him going but if that is the case Im sure they've got some ideas for a similar replacement. Garrido is decent too...

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    GossVolley

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • NA should try and hang on to Olsson. West Brom were awful last season and will surely struggle again in the PL next season. It is better Olsson stays with a team that CAN be promoted than leave for a team that will quite likely be in the relegation mix in next seasons PL. Martin, hang on here it you can please !

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • The big problem with Norwich F C is we were daft enough to keep Hughton to long, the only thing he did as a manager was ruin our club I doubt if any club will employ him after looking at his record with city.

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    Randy

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Nothing wrong with Garido, he was quite good but not as good as Olson, City should keep him as back up IMO.

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    goldie

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • If City sell Olson then we know they have been lying to the supporters about keeping their best players for a push to get back into the Prem at first go.

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    goldie

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • ........ "getting silly and if Adams thinks the answer to goals is to sign 10 strikers then Im starting to have my doubts about his ability to build a team" Jimbo ......... the clue is in the title of the piece : Rumour Mill Also remember all contracts are up at midnight tonight, so no surprise we haven't seen any departures yet. Wait a few days and we'll start to see Adams team develop, and I for one look forward to seeing how the transfer activity pans out. OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Sorry Victor, if you think the strikers last season were the problem and the answer is to replace them all with Championship strikers then you couldnt of seen the way we played. Id be quite happy to see RvW or Hooper or Becchio stay. To be honest at any other time id be happy to be linked with Deeney but this is getting silly and if Adams thinks the answer to goals is to sign 10 strikers then Im starting to have my doubts about his ability to build a team.

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    Jimhow

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • with all the news of new players coming in to carrow road,there has been a certain lack of trolls from dipswich posting on here.i wonder why?

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    bluelight

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Of all the relegation class of 20132014- Olsson is the one player I would be desperate to retain.

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    Brycland

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Victor - it was not that RVW or GH failed. It was the fault of CH who failed by not getting or organising the other players to make chances for them to convert. No player could have prospered under CH tactics. We need to get one or more central defenders in and bring in a playmaker for the midfield. Some time in the next twelve months we also need to think about replacements for our older defenders who are starting to lack the pace required as was evidenced last season.

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    andy

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • We have to get in a midfield playmaker as we cannot be sure of Wes. And we have to sort out the centre backs. Or are we going 3 at the back as we are seeing in Brazil?

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • I wouldn't mind Deeney, Grabban, Lafferty and Becchio as our four strikers, with RVW and Hooper departing. Olsson would be hard to replace. We need to try to keep him and offload Garrido.

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    Colin

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Hooper has done well at this level before. I'm sure it would make more sense financially to keep him, than to sell at a loss and then spend more money buying a replacement. Obviously there may be other factors involved if he doesn't want to stay or Adams wants rid. Again with RVP I fear he is too fragile for this league, but if we don't NEED to sell financially then loaning him out somewhere in Europe where he may reestablish his reputation may be wiser ito the price we will get for him, rather than selling him now as a flop

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    canary can-can

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • I would like to see Hooper & RWV given their chance in the Championship. We paid a lot of money for them and they did show a glimpse of what could be. Don't forget, even Grant Holt really struggled to find the net under Hughton. Must keep Olson.

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    christoph

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Adams has already got two new strikers in and it seems the door is already open for last years models to leave - one way or the other. Why not, I can't see that City owe the likes of RVW or Hooper anything. We just need to get as much as we can for these failures.

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    VictorM

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Please don't leave us mr olsson (unless it's for silly money)

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    canary can-can

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Troy Deeney has a bit of a "bad boy" history, but his scoring record for Watford over the last 2 seasons has been very impressive. Another in-form striker is Chris Martin of Derby. I wonder if it is our club`s intention to just unload all our existing strikers, along with all the negative baggage drummed into them by Hughton & Calderwood? A very bold approach if so. Specially the little matter of £14m + whatever you might value Becchio at. Things will become clearer as deals are finalised & contracts are signed. The National Press will have some news.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • We still need one or two defenders or we will lose games with silly results like 4-6 good to score goals but must stop them as well. do we need any more forwards, I think not.

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    Randy

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Totally agree Jigs 69 but Troy Deeney has a prolific scoring record. If this is true Adams is after yet another striker it seems that RVW, Hooper and Becchio will all be leaving Carrow Road. I can't see too many fans being too disappointed with such a change.

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    VictorM

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • We MUST get our priorities right and hang on to Olsson. Class act.

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    jigs69

    Monday, June 30, 2014

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