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Rumour mill: Norwich City target Chelsea’s Loic Remy; Elliott Bennett set for Bristol stay

10:41 03 January 2016

Norwich City have been touted with a January interest in Chelsea's Loic Remy. Picture: PA

Norwich City have been touted with a January interest in Chelsea's Loic Remy. Picture: PA

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Norwich City look set to fight it out with Premier League rivals Swansea City and Aston Villa for Chelsea hitman Loic Remy.

The French international striker could be available on loan during the transfer window and the Sun on Sunday claim City have not ruled out a possible move.

Villa boss Remi Garde made his interest public last week but the Midlands’ club look to be hurtling towards the Championship after Saturday’s 3-1 Premier League loss at relegation rivals Sunderland.

Alex Neil has been linked with the likes of Utrecht’s Sebastien Haller and Sampdoria’s Eder this month as he attempts to bolster his frontline, and the permanent signing of former West Ham wide player Matt Jarvis has freed up a Premier League loan option.

Remy has two years left on his existing Stamford Bridge contract but the 27-year-old has only made 14 senior appearances for the Blues this season and last featured for new Chelsea chief Guus Hiddink in the 3-1 Premier League win over Sunderland on December 19.

Meanwhile, Norwich loanee Elliott Bennett could remain at Championship club Bristol City, with Robins’ boss Steve Cotterill revealing he is in talks with the Canaries to extend Bennett’s stay at Ashton Gate.

The 27-year-old played the final game of his current loan stint on Saturday in the 1-0 league defeat at Reading but Bennett is out of contract at Carrow Road in the summer.

“We’re in talks with Norwich and we are exploring all of the options,” said Cotterill, after his side’s defeat at the Madejski.

The Bristol Post report Cotterill’s club is interested in signing Bennett on a permanent basis, but could extend the loan should the Canaries be unwilling to sell in January, with the Bristolians keen to resolve the issue ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie at West Brom.

Bennett made two Capital One Cup appearances for the Canaries in August but both Neil and chief executive David McNally have made it clear recently there is likely to be departures in January for players who are not part of the Scot’s longer-term plans.

23 comments

  • Would like to see the goals to chances ratios for Remy vs Mbokani and Jerome. Don't think his conversion rate would be any better. We need midfielders who give our current strikers more good balls into the area.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, January 4, 2016

  • Bohnhof, regarding strikers, in the system AN seems to prefer with one up top, the onus is on midfielders supporting the lone striker and getting their share of goals. So far, we've seen Tettey, Howsen, Redmond do that plus a few from the defence. I wouldn't expect any striker in this line-up to get many more than 10 a season but that's OK if he's also contributing to other goals too. Best chance Saturday came via probably the two most criticised players - Russ & Nathan down the right hand side with Dave just unable to get the resulting chance on target. We had a perfect view of that in row G.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • Sky reporting that we have now made a definitive bid of 10m Euros for Andre Ranocchia from Inter Milan. So if the Ivo Pinto and Steven Naismith deals both come to fruition then we could have two additional defenders and another creative midfielder. We're still light in the attacking area and neither Mbokani or Jerome have made an impact sufficient to keep us up. An attacker would be beneficial but perhaps not the priority - forget Laffery or Hopper - they're has beens insofar as NCFC are concerned.

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    Bohnhof

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • well Ole TBC, maybe we should let Leeds buy one from us , after all lets be nice to our one time feeder club !

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • Ideally meed to sort the incomings out quickly and then release at our leisure and hopefully set at inflated prices closer to the deadline! Not sure about Remy either. Interesting one with Matthews but we need Rudd & Ruddy till the end of the season regardless.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • Yes el dingo ,read about pinto looks good but seems cheap 4 mill euros, but we need him, who will go , gh seems to impress his loan manager , kl as well , they both deserve to be playing every week

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    iMac

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • Could be Imac. Him Pinto AND A CB would do me. Just 17 points to go. Then next season with an improved squad. And hence consolidation. Magic!

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    el dingo

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • Switched on ready to follow the Everton game , Naismith is not playing or on the bench .could it be , yes please

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    iMac

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • I like it, a quick Pint-o Remy Martin and we need to add 56 new players, but - after a quick slash, it was revealed, as Meister Brewer points out only 5\6. Now let us see...... DMcN, are we going to get 5\6 more cooks in Ed's kitchen, or, is this just Balls ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • Meanwhile, ԼƛƑƑЄƦƬƳ appears to be joining ԼЄЄƊƧ ! ❤ʘ͜͡ʘ❤

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • The Pinto fee is believed to be €3m (£2.2m), but could grow to €4m (£2.9m) with add-ons. As many have pointed out the pairing of Bassong and Bennett has been fairly strong of late, so reckon we will get a CB in on loan perhaps. Kevin Wimmer from Spurs perhaps?

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    OTFBC

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • A Remy Martin would go down well with most of us.

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    irongloves

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • If Pinto is coming then that must mean bye bye Whittaker?

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    Surrey Canary

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • Can only see Remy coming on loan if Chelsea cover some of his wages. I think Benno will be off - can't see why we would not sell if out of contract in the summer - can't see him becoming a squad member next season if we stay up. Not sure Bamford is strong enough for PL. We need a left sided centre back.

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    Surrey Canary

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • Remi Matthews is returning to the fold from his stay at Burton.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • Have just read that the pinto deal is done and will be announced tomorrow.

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    tonyb

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • perhaps the pinto deal is off if the media are linking us with Byram?,cant see him coming here as bigger clubs are in for him,unless Howson can talk him round of course.Would Bamford be any better than we have already,,,,,doubt it,i think we need to be a bit more ambitious than him,if we could afford it than Haller or Zaza would be great.we do have 5 or 6 players we can ship out to help with the wage bill.

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    tonyb

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • No chance of this ever happening. His wage demands will be too high and far better looking for someone who will feature next season. Naismith, Bamford (loan) more in line with AN's plans. Maybe Sam Byram at RB if Pinto deal doesn't come off. Then CB needed.

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    OTFBC

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • I agree brew 56 was a tad optimistic. I think we definitely need a new centre back, probably left sided, an injury to either bass or Beno is a really worry at present, another winger to give us some depth on the right, someone who can play in the wes role, another striker so we can push laff, Grabban, RVW and hooper through the exit door and I'd like to see a quality centre mid arrive now so we can slowly bed them in as O Neil, tettey have been superb but they are pushing on a bit.

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    BigO

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • Good to see your resurrection continuing, BigO. Enjoyed the recent programmes about you on BBC4. Golden Days... Agree we need a CB, but cannot see how we could aspire to 56 signings, or even a mere 5\6. You need a slash. ;-) We have plenty of midfield cover - maybe VOO may yet prove to be the likes of a Midfield Dynamo, as touted by The Writer.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • Not trying to be negative after our recent run but norwich need to strengthen heavily in Jan. We are paper thin in coverage for key positions (wes, redderz, CB's) and everyone else will strengthen. It's starting to look like villa, Sunderland and one more from us, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Swansea, Southampton and maybe the baggies and it is going to be very tight, maybe even a record points total 40+ to stay up. We need our fringe players out and 56 to deepen the squad.

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    BigO

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • we would never pay Remy's wages!Be a good move for lil Benno and free up some cash for realistic transfers!

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    tonyb

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • Remy? It's a big no from me.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

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