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Rumour Mill: Norwich City close on Stoke striker Mame Biram Diouf, as Patrick Bamford loan link persists

15:13 29 January 2016

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Stoke City's Mame Biram Diouf battles with Norwich City's Robbie Brady during a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road in August 2015, in which Diouf scored for the Potters. Picture: Steve Paston/PA Wire.

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Stoke City striker Mame Biram Diouf is being linked with a move to Norwich City ahead of Monday’s transfer window deadline.

Talksport claim the former Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers forward is ‘close’ to joining the Canaries, as Potters boss Mark Hughes has decided the 28-year-old is surplus to his requirements.

The Senegal international has made 17 appearances for Stoke so far this season, starting nine of those matches and scoring three goals.

He has mainly featured as a substitute in recent months but did start last weekend’s 3-0 loss at Leicester, as Hughes rested most of his first-choice players ahead of his side’s Capital One Cup semi-final against Liverpool on Tuesday night.

The 6ft 1ins tall attacker scored 12 goals in 38 games last season after joining the Staffordshire club on a free transfer in the summer of 2014, after a profitable two years in Germany with Hannover, where he scored 32 goals in 68 matches.

Diouf rose to prominence with Norwegian side Molde, to earn his transfer to Manchester United. Limited involvement saw him spend time on loan back at Molde and then with Blackburn, for whom he scored a hat-trick against Norwich in the League Cup in August 2010.

The report also adds that City face competition from relegation rivals Newcastle United, who have grown frustrated in their pursuit of West Brom striker Saido Berahino.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail claim the Canaries are close to signing Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford on loan for the rest of the season.

The 22-year-old has returned to his parent club after a loan spell at Crystal Palace was brought to an early end, following nine appearances for the Eagles and no goals, with his six league appearances coming as a substitute.

Bamford remains highly rated however, having scored 19 goals in 44 matches for Championship side Middlesbrough last season.

Sky Bet have also slashed their odds on the England Under-21 international joining Norwich before Monday’s 11pm deadline, to 5/1.

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48 comments

  • i reckon we could do a lot worse than bring back RVW and to fill the obvious need for a centre back,over the past four seasons he,s shown an uncanny ability to keep the ball out of the net.

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    Trevor Frammingham

    Sunday, January 31, 2016

  • Most of the best players have been snapped up, we are fighting for the crumbs left on the table, players no better than those we already have.

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    Barry from Spain

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • Wiven, I'm told Nigel is a nice sailor lad who will settle for any port in a storm.

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    cutty

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • As this is "rumour mill HQ", have people seen the Bamford image in the NCFC car park? Could this be a potential loan? I'm with Mattias - I can't see how he fits in with the pattern we play. Would rather see Mbokani be the central striker with more games under his belt. A wee little Smoultter, ha, good one! usually refers to fish rather than a wee member of the Smoultt clan. Good one, made me laugh.

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    Comrade Smoultty

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • So Jammy AND Baggy are back. Not sure what they will find to squabble about now that Hoops & Grabban have gone. However I'm sure they'll quickly find something else to disagree about soon. Quite day at CR....

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • It could be that AN is starting to build a side around the strengths of Mbokani. We know he likes 4231 as a formation and he is now starting to sign players in the 3 that can run onto balls from the superior hold up play of Mbokani who can also pass if there are people running off of him... with Naismith, Jarvis and maybe Bamford to add to players like Brady, Wes and Redmond that gives us a plan B to the current Get it down the wing and cross it strategy.... if this is the case we also need more players like Tettey and O'Neil for the 2, hence the links with Jedinak

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    jops

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • Smoult ole partner, got to agree with the Brady comment.

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    cutty

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • Cutty, whose Nigel and where does he get his port.?

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • Is not Smoultter a young offspring of the Smoult family?

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    cutty

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • Angus ..Aberdeen...horse. someone getting a steak in. If only our chairman was balls, this is.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • Cutty, I'm purely here to give young, peurile Tommy a run for his money. See how he likes it, can't do the fancy hieroglyphics though. Consider it attacking down both flanks, something City should be doing a lot more if Brady actually plays in his position.

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    Comrade Smoultty

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • Brew, don't tell me 'comrade Stuby Smoultter' is a custard malapropism. Is he about to metamorphose into a meretricious messenger?

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    cutty

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • Smoultty, of Angus extraction, from the nether clans west of Aberdeen. Smoultter just does not work. Feeble comment from the forum tvverp. How`s the wee lads getting on. Not SO wee now. Hope they treat the old war horse from time to time. And old mam, less said tho' (nanogram)

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    Comrade Smoultty

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • G_F_U - (From another board) - that was not me on the debate! One of "my" comments was actually a recent one of el dingo's and the other was one of mine, taken out of context with a chunk missing. Mischief afoot at Archant Towers. Ask Comrade Smoultter (anagram).

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • Let us hope that behind the scenes people are working hard to bring deals to fruition for NCFC as these rumours of rumours are pure torture!

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    mardler

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • Well it looks as if the transfer fun and games are just about over, I think it lightens the mid season gloom. Now it's back to speculating what team is going to show up and why doesn't AN see what the rest of us see. But hey-ho we've got two new Board Members on the gravy train, one a politician and the other a civil servant, so we're in safe hands, and Steven stays with us as Special Ambassador. Just a pity about the meat pies, but then the fans are use to lesser fare, but they do have a trio of shirts to choose from, pass the port Nigel.

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    cutty

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • I'd LOVE for the talk of Diouf and Bamford to be true. Especially Diouf as no1 I can't believe Stoke would let him leave and no2 he would fit the way NCFC play under Alex Neil perfectly. Bamford is a player I hate to admire but would he fit how we play? Not convinced personally but obviously wouldn't say no as hes far better than people we've been linked with like Dwight Gayle for example. Sadly though I know better than to believe every story posted that's come straight from the realms of Twitter Land. Would love to be wrong however. If we only got one though, our priority should be Diouf. Swansea have now strengthened for Paloschi which is a real signing for those who are not familiar with him. Everyone around us is significantly raising their A Game. Hopefully NCFC continue to as we've done well so far this window. Just need to obtain that tiny bit more quality to help ease us over the line this season and then allow further building and replacing in the summer. Sadly if we are to stay in this division and not yoyo around the two leagues then we as a club will ultimately have to choose between sentiment and progression. If we are to progress some more sentimental team members like Jerome and Martin etc will be replaced. If we remain sentimental then fine, it will aid us back in the Championship etc. Tricky choice as we all know what side of the fence our great clubs board normally sit on. Fingers crossed. Would love to be shocked with a massive sign of intent with Diouf if there is any truth in it.

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    Mattias333

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • However Irish, if you read the other EDP article that actually quotes some facts, Alex Neil makes it sound more like all business is done. "we were able to bring in funds to enable us to get who we wanted and hopefully in the summer we can continue building" etc...sounds to me like we are done as AN is usually pretty open, unless on this occasion he's trying to mislead fans and opposing teams.

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    Mattias333

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • I think some of the comments here demonstrate why the club would get better pr from its fans if it left all of its transfer business to the last day! If we had signed nobody up to now, yet signed Jarvis, Naismith, Pinto and Klose on Monday, most (but of course not all) would consider that to be satisfactory business. The fact that we are still in the market for further reinforcements is testimony to the clubs ambitions. This has been a relatively quiet window in the Premiership so far..looking at the business most of our competitors have done, I believe our club have outperformed and should be applauded.

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    Irish canary

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • What happened to VOO? I thought he was quite handy not so long ago. Ship out RvW ASAP. Take a hit on the 8 million City paid for him. Forget Gayle. Not good enough IMO. Get Bambam in permanent. Not sure about Douf. Is he any good? Why is Mark Hughes willing to let him go? No way would I sell CJ. Remember Wembley or the Worldy that was disallowed against Palace? 2 days to go. I'm sure AN will give us a nice surprise. COYY.

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    canarytrev

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • Go_Fleck_Urself, not just you, at least waclor, Johnty and I agree. We have enough goals in this squad if we select our best defenders and the whole team sticks to the plan. Cover for Tettey\O'Neil is still my priority. I guess if Lafferty is to be allowed away to get game time before the Summer, then we do need a third striker as cover. Diouf looks similar to what we have, but less sk!lled than Mbok and lower work rate than CJ. At least Bamford has pace, assuming he's recovered from last season's injury? He appeared to have lost his cutting edge at Wembley and I've not seen him play since.

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    Reg Breeze

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • Go_Fleck_Urself, you're not entirely alone. At least waclor, Johnty and I agree with you! We have enough goals in this squad, if we can learn to defend. Having said that, if Lafferty is to leave for game time before the summer, then we need a third striker as cover. Diouf looks like a slower version of our present two, less skilled than Mbok, and lower work rate than CJ. At least Bamford has pace, or did have before we injured him last season. I've not seen him play since Wembley when he appeared to have lost his cutting edge?

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    Reg Breeze

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • Bamford looks lightweight - would he fare better than RvW in the PL? As we see with CJ, scoring the Championship does not always mean scoring in the PL. Diouf would be another type of player to what we have, surely, so unless someone is leaving, why bring him in? Agbonlahor is a proven PL scorer.

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    Surrey Canary

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • Slow and hilarious in the same sentence can only mean one thing. Little Jamie is back offering nothing as usual!

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    baguio

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • Morologus es,little jammy,can you define,if possible ,"this is one of the most hilariously slow things you have heard in your life" meanwhile i comment thus 1. A 4 line comment on this post would generally be regarded as succinct 2. Your life probably amounts to 2 or 3 years,so i cannot defer to your opinion. 3 You are indeed a gifted little child if you CAN HEAR typed comments. The only upside for you is that you appear to eventually have a supporter in the shape of the ole bustard custard

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    dis dressed

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • Double D, hoorah ! Irish and both of us can create shock waves through this forum. Positively to the end. What's to be moaning about? Aren't we like in the 20th best clubs performing in the best league in the world. Spending millions, never, ever, heard of in our history. Glory days should be celebrated. Staying in the league is our aim. If we don't . . . . . . . that bothered . . . . . . . not really. Really !

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, (best form of defence)

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    Wombat

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • I know this sounds a ridiculous idea, but how about starting with 2 strikers up front? Insane isn't it? But until it's tried we will never know, because quite frankly I'm p##### off with this 1 striker up front tactic. Before anyone jumps on me and says we scored 4 last week, take a look at the teams we have scored 2 or more against this season, and the defence are rubbish. So surely with another defensive addition, it's got to be worth a try. IMHO

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    Bald Canary

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Do you lot ever stop moaning? Perhaps some of you would prefer to go back to the dull old CH days. I for one am enjoying this Prem season, enjoying young Alec's leadership and I'm happy that the transfer business seems to be going in the right direction.

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    Double D

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • I have to stick with Waclor the club needs a centre half urgently and until hes on the pitch Klose who has not played prem league pace remains an unknown. On a more positive note if he and pinto click that could make a huge difference to City's chances of staying up to speed and in the top twenty.

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    johnty

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Ditto jaemae2 . . . . how many jaemae's are there BTW. I know there's only 1 OTBC, but hey-ho, apparently I'm being accused of . . . . ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • The post below this one is one of the most hilariously slow things I have EVER heard in my life.

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    jaemae2 .

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Diouf, appears to offer nothing beyond what we have already ,certainly not a Plan B option. Promising young players seem to be off the list. Probably a good thing as we appear able to provide a home for an old player,on his way down,rather than a young player who seeks to improve within the hallowed halls of Carrow Road and its Management and training Programs

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    dis dressed

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Think you're in for a long nap Trev, we're on an ebb tide and it's all aboard who's coming aboard. Liked the Guy Fawkes jib Brew.

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    cutty

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Diouf,another clone of our current 2 .would not appear to offer anything extra,certainly not a plan B option,the lack of which is catching us out. Up and coming young English players appear to be out of the question. Probably a good thing, as,or many years, we have been a final graveyard for players past their best. Not so much a place for a promising player to realize his ambitions and progress in skill or value.

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    dis dressed

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • YAWNNNNNNNN,ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ wake me up when we actually sign someone please,this rumour stuff is beyond daft now.

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    Trevor Frammingham

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • instead of Barmforth i'd rather we loaned Alex Pritchard to understudy Hoolahan whose legs could probably do with some respite. Barmforth may serve to just muddy the waters.

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    dick

    Friday, January 29, 2016

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    waclor

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Get them both in! Bamford as a loan deal. Think Whittaker and Lafferty will go out on loan and as Ruddy Hell pointed out M'boro wanted CJ for £8m not so long ago. So we should cash in on him now.

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    OTFBC

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • GFY, you'll have to put in for a transfer, or perhaps a spell out on loan.

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    cutty

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • I dont see either of them benefiting us...guessing AN is sticking with the lone lanky targetman...might as well put a bet on relegation

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    AC Canary

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Splazza, it seems that Bamford was set afire on November 5th. Reportedly, some Middlesbrough fans thought he was a good Guy, the rest didn't give a Fawke.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • I like both these guys actually. Bamford was on fire at Boro not so long ago. Diouf can score too. My preference would be Diouf and I think either wiuld be a good addition, and done good business done in this window. I hope it will be enough because I cannot see anymore coming in despite a vulnerable defence. Let's hope Klose can help tighten things up at the back. OTBC

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    Splazza

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Hey. How about another CB and a defensive midfielder? No? Just me? Why don't NCFC ever listen to me? Left out in the cold as usual...

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    Go_Fleck_Urself

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Just to stir the pot a little: what if *both* of these lads are coming in, and CJ is going out? Boro wanted him a while back, are looking to splash 9m on McCormack from Fulham and are therefore clearly in the market for a top-end Champ striker. Fulham surely won't sell their entire strikeforce while hovering over the Championship trapdoor, meaning CJ will be back in their sights...Stranger things have happened. We need three strikers to compete for our one up-top role and CJ, for all his honest toil, will never cut the mustard at PL level.

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    Ruddy Hell

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • So we can't bring both of these in, MBD is too similar to CJ and DM in my view... unless we are paying for Bamford

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    DerbyCanary

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Good in the air and know's where the net is...can only help the cause...as can Patrick Bamford I'm sure given the right chance...a step in the right direction?...who knows?...time will tell, but we've done some good business in this 'transfer window' and it'll hopefully be enough to keep us up!!! OTBC

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    YarcoYella

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • This would be very good I think. He was good last season.

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    Canarywary

    Friday, January 29, 2016

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