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Rumour Mill: Sampdoria striker Eder and Lorient defender Lamine Koné linked to Norwich City

18:34 16 December 2015

Sampdoria have reportedly rejected Norwich City

Sampdoria have reportedly rejected Norwich City's initial approach for Italy striker Eder. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

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Two international footballers are the latest to be linked with a move to Norwich City in the January transfer window.

The Daily Mail claim the Canaries have held discussions with Italian side Sampdoria about a possible deal for Brazil-born Italy international striker Eder.

The same newspaper claims City scouts were also in France to watch Ivory Coast centre-back Lamine Koné in action for Lorient, in a 3-0 defeat at Ligue Un mid-table rivals Lille at the weekend.

Koné is 26 years old and stands at 6ft 1ins tall. West Ham and Aston Villa have been linked with a move as well, while respected French newspaper L’Equipe has also reported that Sunderland had agreed a deal with Lorient for the Paris-born defender, although Sky Sports has subsequently reported that no deal has been agreed.

Sampdoria striker Eder is also being linked, with the 29-year-old having scored 11 goals for club and country so far this season.

The Mail claim Norwich are prepared to offer around £7.5million for the former Cesena and Brescia hot shot but also report that the Canaries are keeping tabs on two other strikers, Utrecht’s Sebastien Haller and Wolves’ Benik Afobe.

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38 comments

  • Newcastle and Sunderland clearly won't go down. Our task is to make sure we get 39- 40 points by the end of the season. Assuming we beat Villa that will mean getting 22 points from the reverse fixtures. . If AN persists with RM at centre back we will go down - he's two small and too error prone. Midfield is fine provided Redmond doesn't start. And we will score goals if Mbokani is given the striker's role. The plan should be simple - start with a defensively strong line up in midfield and a back line strengthened in January (commanding centre half like Curtis Davis would be ideal), then bring on Redmond as an impact sub after 65 minutes. Sadly AN views the sub bench as decoration, a disease caught from CH. It is taking longer than I thought to get rid of the wet CH blanket from the club. Incidentally anyone who thinks Kyle Lafferty is the answer to our goal scoring problems is seriously deluded. Clearly they didn't see him operating in the championship at the start of last season and there equally clearly is a reason why all his previous clubs have got rid of him as quickly as they could. And talk of project youth is even further off track. The Murphys, Loza, Tofollo et al will be useful if we slide down the divisions, but they're not premiership calibre at the moment and there's no guarantee they ever will be. How many of the current first came through the youth ranks?

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    DavidT

    Friday, December 18, 2015

  • Fesses mon Wacky, oh non. Qu'est-ce birdie utilisé pour fournir un système de détection de gaz toxiques souterraine je demande . Il est triste qu'il ya une telle quantité de Pooh pooh ici en ce moment et les troubles civils parmi les affiches!

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Friday, December 18, 2015

  • never in the field of transfer chatter has so much been produced by so many. Squit that is. and to add to the festering pile , Fingringhoe Ranges admit a bid of 200 tons of sugar beet may tempt them to let B'ob E Bobbits leave for pastures new.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, December 18, 2015

  • Toxic, I do hope your name was not given to you because you talk through your bottom.

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    waclor

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • Ah, obtenir une poignée! Il ne faut pas que être (obtenir un) poignée (sur vous-même)? Les Stranglers? Quelque chose de mieux le changement, peut-être quelques-unes des affiches devrait redresser? Parfois, je poste parfois je lui donne 5 minutes, parfois je marche par parce qu'il est comme rien sur terre.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • Now what are you going on about Waclor? Get a grip!

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    baguio

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • Oh Mes enfants terribles , il ya beaucoup trop de nom appelant et malgré ici ces jours. Concentrons-nous sur les questions Canaries et ne pas prendre des rumeurs que la vérité de l'Évangile. Il ya une grande rumeur autour de cette zone en ce qui concerne M. Bowkett . Apparemment, un autre haut responsable au club aurait dû démissionner pour son comportement honteux . Est-ce que c'est vrai? Je sais pas , la source est normalement très fiables et l'information de fond intéressante , mais je ne pouvais pas citer de noms , pourrais-je?

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • I have to say that as Baggy knows everything, I am satisfied that his fellow brain surgeon with a Wolves season ticket must be equally or almost equally as gifted. I therefore fully accept that Afobe is a done deal and is coming to Carrow Road. Of course if it doesn't happen, there will be many on here ready to call Baggy a misguided idiot. So fingers on the keyboard on 1st February, ready Brew?

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    waclor

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • John L Norton, "No one wants to come here why? ". Like many who have ever lived here and had the chance to compare with other cities, I love Norwich. But for others, looking in from the outside, it's a small provincial city with poor transport links to anywhere. It's set in a county which at best is seen as a backwater, and at worst full of s0d-busting !nbred peasants. No matter how undeserving, when you add the club's current position and yo-yo reputation, your question is fully answered.

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    Reg Breeze

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • malaga flier, you may be right, but judging by AN's willingness to re-instate Grabban and RM, he seems to show a pretty low threshold for satisfaction. As for youth, including substitute appearances, CH gave Loza and the Murphy twins a total of 13 appearances TWO seasons ago. They don't look like getting any under AN at present. In any event my point was that financially we will lose so much potential income from relegation, that there will not be the funds for wholesale changes, and AN will not be the primary decision maker in that situation. Comparing with the other bottom half PL sides, I consider CJ, Mbokani, Wes, Redmond (potentially), Brady, Jarvis, Howson, Tettey, Olsson, Ryan B, Bassong, Wisdom, Ruddy and Rudd are all OK quality. It's a case of restoring their confidence, and getting them playing in a settled side, that will bring some limited success.

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    Reg Breeze

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • Don't you start Steely. Not once have I ever asked where MB is, was or has been. This place is far better without his tripe!

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    baguio

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • No one wants to come here why?

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    John L Norton

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • Reg: I am sure AN will not be satisfied with many of this current squad even if it gets relegated. Clearly he is less than happy with the basic errors which a number of our more experienced players commit week in, week out. He must be frustrated, having set his team up to do a job, he then sees all the hard work being undone by sloppy defending, lack of concentration and bad positioning. Given we appear to better equipped currently as a Championship side, I would expect AN to bring in several players with experience at that level and which would be affordable. On top of which I also suspect he would start giving some of the best young players a chance. The likes of the Murphys, Tofollo and Loza would most likely be more than competitive in the Championship. I am still hoping, however, that somehow we will manage to scrape out the bottom three by May! My heart says we will but my head isn';t so sure!

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • Baguio, your drivel doesn't add anything to anything. Or is that add nothing to nothing? Same difference? I guess anyone who's not confused doesn't really understand what's going on.

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    cutty

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • Trouble is Baguio, when the Brew took a break ,you were constantly asking where he had gone to.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • Mad Brewer may have been a bit 'punchy', but he makes a good point. Why would a Wolves season ticket holder have inside knowledge on Afobe? Far more likely, Wolves' fans fear the loss of their star striker if they don't gain promotion, and that ignites the rumour mill. As for getting relegated and expecting wholesale changes in the summer... If we go down and lose so much future tv income, where is the means to make wholesale changes? More likely we'll batten-down-the-hatches and hope our present squad (+ or -, the odd deal) are good enough to get us back up. AN arrived with a reputation (and consolidated it with us) for briefing players on their exact role in a strategy good enough to be competitive. In recent weeks, over tinkering, weird selections and shocking 1st half performances suggest he's lost that golden touch. I hope he regains his confidence, settles on his best 12 or 13 players and instils some confidence in the team. Relegation this particular season (with the jump in tv revenue), will make it doubly difficult to stay up the next time we get promoted.

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    Reg Breeze

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • I will try iMac!

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    baguio

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • I like the look of Fulham striker Moussa Dembélé, but I see ManU and Everton are monitoring him too. He would be an astute buy and certainly someone for the future. He reminds me of Louis Saha. The sort of striker AN wants is someone like Naismith, Shane Long or Jonathan Walters, but why would any of them leave a club that is not threatened by relegation. We will buy from the Championship for certain and I cannot see Paul Lambert selling Jordan Rhodes to us, for me it has to be Moussa Dembélé. He is out of contract in the summer and has scored 10 goals in 21 games so far this season, which for a 19 year old is solid.

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    OTFBC

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • Baguio your posts are very agressive , you tend to critisice the the wrong person . Try and be more tolerent to others comments even if you are right . I used to bite but now i just accept

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    iMac

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • that should be "riddled with self-doubt..."

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • Hoppy: I agree with you - our midfield is nowhere near good enough and neither helps out enough in defence nor drives forward in support of our front man. Have made this point numerous times. Oh for a midfielder with the pace, determination, vision and quality of Kante at Leicester! A good midfielder will work hard off and on the ball. How often have we seen one of ours robbed up the pitch but make no effort whatsoever to retrieve the situation? I believe GFU is also correct in his assessment of AN's position. He inherited a team fiddled with self-doubt and poor quality and didn't have time to properly assess and address the problems in the summer. But our scouting and recruitment system didn't help either, getting bogged down trying to do cut-price deals which, Brady aside, were never going to come off given the competition from wealthier clubs and the unrealistic prices some clubs were putting on players.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • MB, have you ever considered that if you have nothing to say you would save us all from your ridiculous drivel, give us all a break and say nothing? Your ramblings are so tedious and rarely add anything to anything!

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    baguio

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • I regularly have a beer with a Watford supporter and he reckons it`s a done deal that we get Ighalo and Deeney through the window. It' s great to know real "Insiders" isn't it? Living vicariously through somebody else's vicarious life. Mitty squared.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • Where Norwich are is around where they will stay regardless of who they manage to buy, teams like Chelsea and Newcastle won't go down so it basically leaves three from four, Swansea have a decent squad and a new manager might breathe new life into them, to stand a reasonable chance of staying up Norwich need at least a run of four straight wins, they need a goal scorer, a decent holding midfielder and a commanding centre back, and there aren't any going cheep cheep.

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    trev57

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • Not convinced a new striker is the real issue. We all know that we are shaky at the back (and assume it is a given that we will strengthen in this area) however I do not believe that in midfield we are either defensively good or particularly creative going forward. It is easy to knock a striker that doesn't score with his one chance per game but if strikers scored with every chance when the likes of Man City etc have twenty shots in a game you would expect them to reach double figures in goals every week! I am happy to be shot down in flames, maybe the new personnel will enable a new styleapproach but I have my doubts! I hope and pray that I am proved wrong! On the ball city!

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    Hoppy

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • I wrote yesterday that AN has been unlucky in that he came in mid-way through the champ season inheiriting a lot of dross from Neil Adams. Then came the play-offs which didnt help prolonging the chance to get a lot of our business done before August. Alex had no time and no chance to really assess who's working and who's deadwood. We cant see what happens Mon-Fri at Colney, so as far as we're aware those players we don't rate could look convincing but when they're out on pitch they just wilt owing to the negative mindset that embeeded itself under the Hughton era. There's a lot of legacy issues that Alex has ben thrust headlong into and it's not fair that we judge him on this first 4-5 months in the Prem. I really want NCFC to stick by him as, in my opinion, he's a very shrewd operator when he knows the ropes. As Kazak says, the future is exceedingly bright and Malaga's also spot on - next summer will see massive changes.

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    Go_Fleck_Urself

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • If you can believe the indy citys wage bill is 54 million. But that is premiership for you.

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    johnty

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • We need some new options for sure but it is the core of the existing team that will have to pull together to keep us up, regardless of who comes in. Alex, it is now time to work your voodoo before we become the perennial yo-yos of the Premier League.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • Yes they did Cutty. What has that got to do with anything? You obviously know nothing about the position Wolves are in right now do you? I don't just mean their league position either. I work with a Wolves season ticket holder and he recons that it's a done deal as I said two days ago. Here's hoping!

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    baguio

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • While I am hoping we survive in the Prem (somehow!) I think Kazakanary makes a good point in that if we do go down it would be the ideal opportunity to start blooding some of our best young players. That may make for some exciting times and to that extent I can console myself with the thought that if we did go down then the glass could once again become at least half full. Whatever happens, however, I feel the summer will be the time for a long-overdue clearout.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • I tend to agree with Ruddy, I think we will get other teams cast-offs and maybe the odd Championship player. Not saying that is a bad thing, I do believe Naismith would be an excellent buy also Gayle can't be any worse than Grabban or Jerome can he? But anyone expecting a slew of players coming from big clubs International or Domestic will be sorely disappointed. I also agree it isn't the 'little Norwich' or 'fighting relegation' syndromes, it is the 'how much are you going to pay me' that makes the difference, if you look at the European clubs mentioned many of these are tin-pot middle table sitters with an old stadium and less fans than us - Sampdoria (a so called big club in Italy)-22,000 and FC Lorient-13,600! av attendances, hardly giants of European football. In some ways I am tending to side with only getting in players who will want to develop with us (Afobe?) and then whatever happens this season start to integrate our younger players - Jacob and Josh Murphy, Vadis, Loza, Uade, Coker? Reading that last list really gives me confidence that we have a strong future, ok they won't all make it but Jacob Murphy is certainly doing himself no harm at Cov this season. As for this season, well lets see what develops, in some ways it is a good thing as we will see the true colours of the management, whether that is on the field team selections or at boardroom level with off-field budget decisions. We live in interesting times folks (as the great Mr T. Pratchett would say)

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    Kazakanary

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • Waclor: 10% is probably pretty generous. Cutty: Wolves are currently 8 points off the play-offs and if they have a rubbish run over Christmas, I wouldn't be shocked if they're willing to accept a reasonable bid from us. I don't think we'll get either of these 'Euro stars' but I do think the noises coming out of Everton re Naismith (who could compete well with Wes for our position in 'the hole') and Palace must be desperate to offload Gayle - he's made one start this season, they have 4 strikers and they habitually play none of them and use Bolasie upfront instead!

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    Ruddy Hell

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • You have to say that the Archant journalists are much better at unearthing players Norwich may consider signing than the people at Carrow Road whose job it is. Will we now see McNally offer ten percent of the fee quoted by their current clubs, I wonder?

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    waclor

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • News of alleged bids for strikers fired up just after Newcastle tipped us into the relegation zone. Gotta take your hats off to the Carra Rud media machine...

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    Disco Dale

    Wednesday, December 16, 2015

  • Some will say 'no player wants to come to Norwich' and I say - it all comes down to wages. Don't get me wrong I don't want us to break the bank, but if these sort of deals had been done in the summer it wouldn't be such a risk for the board to decide if the player demands are worth it. Look at Shqiri; Inter, Bayern, Stoke... I don't care how much 'the temptation of playing in the best league in the world' argument is used, there is no way his wage demands had nothing to do with it. My point being, I don't think we will sign many players because I don't think the board will take the risk. As usual.

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    MellowYellow

    Wednesday, December 16, 2015

  • Save me!!! Paper talk about paper talk. Am I excited about any of these, no! After the game against Everton...I think we have solved our RB (Martin) and CH (Bennett) issues. My worry is that once Wisdom is fit we will put Martin back in the middle. Bennett gobbles up anything in the air. Whether against Lukaka or Stones he was the better player. Bennett changed the game, he has also beefed up and gives us a WBAStokePullis look at the back which I like. Olson looks less and less like a premiership player, he was partially responsible for the goals conceded against Arsenal and Everton. Lets give Toffolo a chance soon. We need a premiership forward in the sales and we need to pay as much as we can for him - preferably one the scouts have seen playing competitively.

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    Imperial Echoes

    Wednesday, December 16, 2015

  • Kone looks set for a move but could he step up to Prem standard?

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    cutty

    Wednesday, December 16, 2015

  • The Benik Afobe connection started in the summer, he's been with Wolves about a year and they've said naff off.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, December 16, 2015

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