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Norwich City loanee Dieumerci Mbokani touted with Canaries’ summer exit

09:00 10 March 2016

Dieumerci Mbokani made a second half appearance in Norwich City

Dieumerci Mbokani made a second half appearance in Norwich City's Premier League defeat at Swansea City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City’s on-loan striker Dieumerci Mbokani has reportedly made it clear he will cut his ties with the Canaries if they lose their Premier League survival battle.

The 30-year-old is on a season-long loan from Ukrainian powerhouses Dinamo Kiev although Norwich have an option to buy the striker who has scored four goals in 22 appearances.

Italian football web site, Tutto Mercato Web, report Mbokani has already indicated to the club’s hierarchy he would be unwilling to drop down to the Championship.

The report claims a permanent deal for Mbokani would cost £5.5m but the striker has been limited to cameo appearances in recent weeks behind Cameron Jerome. The DR Congo international scored a memorable back-heeled goal in the 5-4 Premier League defeat against Liverpool in January but again made an appearance from the substitutes’ bench in last weekend’s 1-0 top flight defeat at Swansea City, which kept Norwich firmly in the relegation zone ahead of Manchester City’s visit to Carrow Road.

Norwich turned former West Ham wide player Matt Jarvis’ loan move into a permanent deal in the January transfer window, but Alex Neil made it clear earlier in the season no final decision would be taken on Mbokani’s future until the end of the campaign.

52 comments

  • Hi all I'm back have just moved house so been with out Internet for 8 days . Let's face up to it we don't have a striker that is good enough for this league who can score goals the same goes for the defence ,but if my memory serves me right we have never had a top striker or a good defence ? Not now or at any other spells we have had in the premiership. Look if you want to have a chance of staying in the best league you have to spend on queily players and not from the championship the chances of finding one down there is like looking for a needle in a hay stack ok Leicster got lucky in finding one that happens very rarely . So if city do avoid the drop witch I don't beleave they will looking looking at all the games left its down to what other teams do , so if we survive then the board must spend that's why we do the same old thing get promoted then go straight back down

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    City M

    Friday, March 11, 2016

  • I feel a D!ck Emery moment coming on... "You are awful - but I like you"...

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 11, 2016

  • I feel a Dick Emery moment coming on... "You are awful - but I like you"...

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 11, 2016

  • augustuspablo; is it a "win-win" decision for Alex, or a "lose-lose" one? If Lafferty succeeds, questions will be asked .. why not before?. etc. If Laffers fails, then Alex picked wrong anyway. I'd see it as a win-win for the team (and the fans) - unless Laffers is persona non grata in the dressing room. He is a rum 'un.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 11, 2016

  • We've tried everyone else, now give Lafferty a go, what's to lose?(Except pride) , no one else is scoring so why not ?

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    augustuspablo

    Friday, March 11, 2016

  • Not allowed into the cubicle. Key words: Lambert. Holt.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 11, 2016

  • Machianalli's success was largely down to his striking lucky with Paul Lambert. The success of the team was mostly down to the way Lambert, Culverhouse & Karsa extracted every ounce of potential out of a bargain-basement squad. Not forgetting The Holt Effect...

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 11, 2016

  • Remember that he has fallen out with every manager he has ever had; this was well documented before NCFC took him on loan. I think he will become another Kai Kamara - one season in the big time a few goals and will return to his parent club (having scored a cracking back heel against LFC). Kyle Lafferty as I understand it is unmanageable hence he was loaned out last season and won't be getting anywhere near a premier league game. The Wolf was telling all his team mates what to do on the training ground and as an ego the size of Colney as I understand it. No manager whether it be a football team or any team wants disruptive influences around the place which is probably why some of the team are rewarded with playing regularly even if they are not playing particularly well. Has NCFC actually been relegated then or are there another 9 - 10 games left? James Maddison is one for the future. Remember too that when David McNally came along NCFC were 20th in the third tier heading towards the conference and administration - now the club is externally debt free and as a local business has one of the largest turnovers. Yet people are still moaning and groaning - the board this, the board that. Football is a business and there are principals to running any business. I read 99.71% of ground is full on average every home game and everyone who pays to go goes there by choice...

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    rancidiser

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • He is showing lack of commitment. So in my opinion he should go now. Or at least be banished to train elsewhere.

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    Tim Lesiuk

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • I'll give a lift to the airport, there's room in the motor for Pinto as well

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    never mind the danger

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • I agree with Fancofile. Don't think Lafferty has had the chance to show what he's made of and Jerome is one of the hardest working members of the squad who can't work miracles on his own.

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    Wattoh

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Emilio Botiglieri, nine vowels, allegedly had a trial at NCFC.

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    Nelson

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Not sure I follow the point or reasoning behind the question of Sunderland being docked points for playing Adam Johnson. As far as I'm aware, this is a purely moral issue. There are no rules against playing someone who is awaiting trial (whatever the offence) - not least because that would fly in the face of the principle of someone being innocent until proven guilty - a cornerstone of the Rule of Law. Nor are the rules against playing someone who has been convicted of an offence. Ched Evans could have played again - it's just eventually no club wanted the sponsor or supporter fall out from doing so. I believe Troy Deeney of Watford has a spent conviction, no?

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    PutneyCanary

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Cut his loan short and send him home, clearly wants out. Slow lumbering striker not good enough for the Prem.

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    dave123

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • 4 goals in 22 appearances,why the debate, Norwich want better than that. The doors over there Sir

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    brereton

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Abs Damian Francis and Lewis Grabban had the same problem at NCFC that is why LM and BJ went.

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    francophile

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • This reminds me so much of the Damien Francis saga of the last ten games of the Premier League in 2005: one eye on a move to another club, not wanting to get injured to jeopardise a move, poor commitment. How about playing Lafferty and Bamford up top, drop Jerome to the bench and pack Mbokani's bags for him now? We need people to run through brick walls in these final games, not the "I'm off and too good for this club" brigade.

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    NorwichAbs

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • This reminds me so much of the Damien Francis saga of the last ten games of the Premier League in 2005: one eye on a move to another club, not wanting to get injured to jeopardise a move, poor commitment. How about playing Lafferty and Bamford up top, drop Jerome to the bench and pack Mbokani's bags for him now? We need people to run through brick walls in these final games, not the "I'm off and too good for this club" brigade.

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    NorwichAbs

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • For me he is no better, no worse that the rest of our strikers, none of whom are anywhere near PL standard. That is reflected in their combined lack of goals. I still feel it was a big mistake letting Hooper go and had it not been for AN's stubborn belief in one up front (which also hasn't worked) Hooper could have been more than usefully employed. I find it frustrating watching Jerome or Mbokani struggling on their own up front to get and hold the ball when the supply to them and support has been poor - and when up against quality PL defenders. Bamford? It is now nearly mid-March and how much of him have we seen? Lafferty? Who knows - ask AN! To make matters worse, our midfield and wide men haven't chipped in with many goals either. No doubt Mbokani will be only one of a host of players to leave and to a greater or lesser degree few would be badly missed. I agree with those who would prefer to see some of our best youngsters brought into the squad next season. The club has crowed about the two recently signed, claiming we had taken them from under the noses of other PL clubs. If they are as good as the hype and spin the club has heaped on them, then they should be better than some of the present squad. At least the youngsters should come filled with ambition and enthusiasm and also without the baggage and mental frailties that seems to be afflict a lot of our current team. Or will they, like so many of our prospects, simply fade into the background and not get their chance?

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • What will we do without such a prolific goal scorer. Bye, bye!

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    b arclay

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • It's pathetic trying to secure our place in the Premiership on the back of wanting to get Sunderland docked points. If we're not good enough, we're not good enough!

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    Algarve Canary

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • At least Ricky wanted to stay , but he had an agent who didnt, and this season Ricky stayed until.the management sent him to spain. Maybe Ricky would have been better than Mbokani, just a thought.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • log in and comments disappear day 2.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Gaetano Giallanza also 8 by the way.

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    OTFBC

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • On a serious note has there ever been a Norwich player with more than 8 vowels in their name?

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    OTFBC

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • If it's true he said that then there is 2 issues here firstly he wants to be at the top and is giving his all to stay there or secondly I'm on me bike thanks .the ship is sinking Either way can't blame him he won't be the only one to depart , hopefully if we do go down we have a good clear out and bring in some of the youngsters, start building a new team and after 2 or 3 seasons bounce back and stake our claim to premiership football

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    iMac

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Thank god (wheeeeeey) for that

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    JimBob

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Bamford and Lafferty need to get out on the pitch.Cameron gives it his all but hasnt scored enough goals I think AN is out of his depth he doesnt use options quick enough ... If things dont change we are down simply not up to premiership ..AN included sorry get a real top twenty manager .

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    johnty

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Well, if this is true, then mister Godthankyou you are not needed here anymore. You are NOT bigger than this Club. You are the weakest link- goodbye!

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    Norwegian Canary

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Why would he say that? He'd probably be an average striker at Championship level... A 10 goal a season man at that level.

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    Colin

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • I think Mbokani is decent, another one who carries a threat but probably hasn't benefitted from being in an unsettled team. That back heel against Liverpool was one of my favourite goals this year, albeit not a great deal to choose from! How much loyalty do people expect from a loanee? To be fair I didn't expect him to stay if we drop.

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    GossVolley

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • If NCFC go down and Black Cats stay up it will be interesting if there is any legal fallout over the Adam Johnson saga. Surely he should not have been playing during the circumstances and potentially the relegation scrap could have a new twist? He played 28 times for the Black Cats when he shouldn't have and had he not played and been suspended by the club you could argue their points tally would not be what it is. This could hold the key to our survival and I think there is a case for our legal team to ask the question before the season ends.

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    OTFBC

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • MBok seems to get less good the more he plays, while Laffs gets much better the less he plays. I wonder if the subject of this article is the reason Mbok has been bench warming the last few games. I think he'd be a beast in the Championship (just look how many goals CJ scores there compared to the Prem) - but if he wouldn't sign for a Championship team, fair play to him. It's not quite the same as a fully fledged City player saying they'd leave if we got relegated (and I'm sure there are a couple thinking that privately). Incidentally, when I type "Mbok" on my iPad, it auto-corrects to "am ok". He is OK, but I wouldn't shed a tear if he's not with us next season (whatever league we are in).

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    PutneyCanary

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Good shout, OTFBC! How could I leave out Laffers?! Un-kennel Kyle. Who let the dogs out?..

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Folks - don't overlook the writer's caveat... "Reportedly". Anyway, it is time for a change. Unleash Bamford. Ushackle Brady. Untether Wessi. Bring back Winkel... MB O'Kani seems a decent old boy, but he's hardly set the world on fire for us. Let him return to his Ukrainian Powerhouse to rekindle the flames in their boiler room.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • I think its fairly obvious he wont be playing for us next season whatever division we are in. Also with Africa Cup of Nations next year we would lose him for about a month. He has probably been misquoted so don't go too hard on him - he's been as good as any of our average strikers. I blame AN entirely for his rotation system - he gives no striker sufficient time and goes with out of form strikers. He should have sold Grabban in September and spent on an out and out goal scorer back then - he has since sold Hooper, not played Lafferty and signed Naismith, another expensive mistake. His decisions this season have all back fired and ultimately he has to be blamed for the clubs failure this season. Playing a lone striker has not helped us and neither has his favoritism towards certain players and obtrusive attitude to others in the squad.

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    OTFBC

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Well at least he is honest about it. The strikers we let go are finding the net regularly, some of the ones that we have kept are ticked off about not getting game time. One of those that is getting game time doesn't see a future and the other seems unable to hit the target from 4 yards, with or without a banjo.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Who penned that picayune piece? With a "touted", a "cameo" and a "powerhouse" it has the pedigree of a Paddy Post-It.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Well now we all now where his loyalties lie and it's clearly not with the Yellow and Green. Why bother playing him anymore if that's his attitude?

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    ncfcyellowman

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • like it Ozzy. I could post something in French that he would understand but it would not get past the censor, Something to do with hands falling asleep.

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    francophile

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Very succinct Ozzy and to the point. It must have taken longer to log in than type your post. Can't really disagree though. Shame it just hasn't worked out. Will he play again? If he's on the books for the remainder of the season then we should probably treat him as an asset. You never know, one goal might just ricochet in of his backside!

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    nevermindthedanger

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • His heart clearly isn't in it so drop him from the squad. Let's see a bit more of Bamford; he's hardly kicked a ball in anger since he joined. Perhaps Lafferty might get a run out - probably not as the manager doesn't seem to want him. He might be useful for us in the Championship next season so let's see what he's got now.

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    kevt

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Go now, you useless sod

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    OzzyCanary

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • If his "threat" and actual talks are true, then let him go now. Cancel his loan. It is one thing to decide a the end of a season that enough is enough and is prepared to move on but a loanee player speaking like that? Anyone would think that he had already been offered a permanent contract . . . hope not - he hasn't exactly been making star performances all season or even looked like a star player, so let him scuttle back to his club - they obviously don't think a lot of him either ese he wouldn't be off on a loan at the age of 30.

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    manbythesea

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Despite the comments below, the valuation isn't bad in today's over priced market. He is a decent player and at 30, why would he want to play in the championship next season ?

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    Johny

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Never expected anything else, the big question though, is he as good as Lafferty yet alone better? said when I first saw him that he reminded me of Kye Kamara, awkward but no real ball skill. I certainly do not want to see him here next season whatever our position, certainly not for big money given his age etc. At least Jerome is our own player and others need to chip in with goals to help him out. Time for Naismith to step up to the mark. I would revert to three centre backs on Saturday, that way we can play Pinto as a wing back. Having seen Bamford miss a couple of sitters, I am not sure he is any better than CJ either.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Well good to have his loyalty and commitment clarified.

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Sorry 'must' be itching.....

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    Nelson

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Does he think he is the new Grant Holt? I don't think he is good enough for the Championship. He probably won't be the only one leaving, even if we stay up. There must be a dozen or more who will be 'allowed' to leave. Mr Neil must have some plans for the future as I assume his job is safe. Maybe he plans to build using youth and talent. We have plenty of youngsters who mast be itching to get stuck in.

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    Nelson

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Oh no!! What Will we do without this prolific talisman; he really should pay back some of his well earned salary...

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    Oh matron

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • That's an easy one whichever league we are in ; at £5.5m thanks but no thanks.

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    Diss man

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • What a major blow that would be - he can go now for all the good he does.

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    VictorM

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

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