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Rumour mill: Steven Naismith deal stalls; Norwich City step up Dwight Gayle chase; James Tarkowski joins the list

09:18 13 January 2016

Norwich City target Steven Naismith may be prepared to wait until the summer to resolve his Everton future. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Norwich City target Steven Naismith may be prepared to wait until the summer to resolve his Everton future. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

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Norwich City may miss out on long-term transfer target Steven Naismith, with reports the Scottish international is poised to snub a potential Carrow Road move.

The Mirror and Skysports claim a proposed Everton switch is in serious doubt and Naismith could now wait until the summer to resolve his Toffees’ future. City were knocked back in the last transfer window but had returned with a reported £8m offer for the out-of-favour Scottish international.

Premier League rivals Stoke City and Sunderland have also been touted with a January move for the midfielder, but there are also doubts whether the Scot is willing to uproot his young family from the north-west.

Naismith is currently out with an ankle injury but Everton boss Roberto Martinez admits the Scot is aware of interest.

“There’s going to be a lot of rumours and speculation but I just want him fully fit for the squad. He has an ankle niggle,” he said, on Tuesday. “If anything happens before the window closes, we will be the first to announce it. As we all know, the situation with Steven started in the window when there was an approach. We always do our business in a quiet manner.

“I have a real enjoyment working with Steven. An incredible work-rate, an understanding of the game. He is huge. But in the modern game, we know situations can change, we have people in attacking places which means he isn’t getting as much game time as he wants. At the end of the window, we’ll know where we are.”

Meanwhile, the Croydon Advertiser report Norwich have made a fresh enquiry for Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle. The ex-Peterborough hitman was another on their summer target list, with a proposed £10m move to Norwich in the final days of that window falling through when Eagles’ boss Alan Pardew was unable to bring in reinforcements. Pardew has made it clear he wants fresh firepower this month and Gayle, who is on the comeback trail from a hamstring injury, could be surplus to requirements.

Alex Neil is in the market for a striker after sanctioning Lewis Grabban’s £8m return to Bournemouth this week while both Kyle Lafferty and Gary Hooper continue to be strongly linked with moves away from the club.

Finally, Brentford’s highly-rated centre-back James Tarkowski may be on the Canaries’ radar. The Bees reportedly rejected a £2.5m bid in recent days from Championship promotion hopefuls Burnley for the 23-year-old.

Skysports’ reporter Lyall Thomas claims Norwich are monitoring the situation and have made contact with Tarkowski’s representative. The Manchester-born defender has been an ever-present for the Bees this season and played in both league games against Norwich last season, including the 2-1 Carrow Road win for the visitors in January 2015.

76 comments

  • Reg breeze yes I am sick of your and others in sults the more insults I get the more I will give back a lot of you so called fans where more interested in sulting me because of my spelling and you don't agree with my views that I have regarding this Board and there are other that do agree with me but they didn't get the in sults. Maybe I should tell this to Archant there is plenty of proof on all the previous letter .

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    City man

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • DerbyCanary, no need to apologise, I have respect for your efforts! ScotCan, I've given up on the spelling and grammar, but when discernible he spouts the same pish with every post. Opinions that are libellous and insulting in the extreme, towards people, who in the main, have used their own time and money to selflessly help NCFC.

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    Reg Breeze

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Why do so many fans harp on the past D smith done it for her own reasons she is not a goddess are you a idiot every pound she put in she had it all back no doubt with interested if someone buys a football you don't expect to get ever penny back she done it for her own ego and because she not in the lime light anymore a fallen to cook got to be in control of some thing and remember that rant live on Sky the most embarrassing thing for this club and they never gpfor get about it either if I remember Ipswich toll her to get lost years .

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    City man

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Town man (aka city man) Delia Smith is a goddess and the saviour of our club, nuff said.

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    Bruce87

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Scot Can ,I don't care it just because they have nothing better to do or say , but to keep having a go at me just show what low life they are I feel sorry for their parents who had them.

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    City man

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Some of you are just idiots, is not about spelling is about NCFC most of you have ago at me because you can't except the truth why this board keep failing time and time again some fans can see what I mean but the majority are no better than the spineless board with no ambition we will never see what Mike walker achieve . All the younger fans will never see that again not while D Smith and co are running this great club that will always let the fas down because of there own ego DS is not God just a old tv cook who tv career is over now trying to run a football badly at that .

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    City man

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Guys, guys, guys! Please - leave City man alone - he clearly has problems and t is not nice to harangue those less able than ourselves. Just because he cannot spell does not mean that he is spouting pish ;-)

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    ScotCan

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Reg, I feel I must apologise for allowing him to drag me into such a "debate". Interested how the 3 or 3.5 million pound purchase of a striker is evidence of no ambition! The lack of apparent movement in the transfer market is frustrating but it does not warrant the allegations which I just find ridiculous and offensive. More so are his spelling and grammar!

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    DerbyCanary

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • here we go again on the transfer merry-go-round, being linked with joe blogs uncle tom cobley and all, for January read the summer, blah blah yawn yawn and yes I am a city die hard of 56 years in case anyone thinks I support the s***e down the road.

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    repsol

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Curious how el dingo was able to predict the appearance of City man? Could one be an Alter ego? That would account for City man's inconsistant typo's, spelling, grammar and general eambling? Yes, Adorablespy, my hand is up for just a left sided CB! DerbyCanary, 10 outa 10 for effort, but considering the single-themed drivel City man writes, does it matter if coherent or not? NCFC by one or two goals tonight.

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    Reg Breeze

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • I'll be moving soon into the county side just out side Norwich there maybe new name new web if I get block but things will still carry one .

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    City man

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • My consented go at the board and owners will never stop until they have sold up . Whether it's on my name or on another name or a another web site . If I get blocked there are always round it.

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    City man

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Come on look who brought Gabben in OK some have work but some still haven't Derby go and ---- your -----'

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    City man

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • I am not going to say that got have proof I just said that as it happen in football at all levels but who how's

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    City man

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • "curupshion" - WTF? Are you suggesting our board are crooks? Genuinely? Corrupt Crook at City Committing Corruption? Wow. Genius.

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    DerbyCanary

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • right - bored of this so here we go..... "I never said I wantED Naismith at this club. (FULL STOP) This is WHO AN had on his wanted list so don't have A GO at me(FULL STOP) I would NOT buy him AS he IS not a prolific GOAL scorer (COMMA) every prem club wantS one of those but we are a long way down the list in getting one for three reasons 1 locations 2 the board WILL NOT pay transfer fee 3 the board wouldn't pay HIS salary. So the board will have to do what they always do buy cheap FROM the championship and hope they work out but they never do." Obviously Brady, Holt, Wes, VOO, and ALL THE PLAYERS WHO GOT US PROMOTED LAST YEAR never worked out.

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    DerbyCanary

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • You ask the government how many business man and businesses fail to declare they full income to avoid big tax bill there is curupshion in football at any level if anyone bother to see it on TVs business man are some of the biggest crooks and do anything to avoid paying tax.

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    City man

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • I never said I want Naismith at this club this is what AN had on his wanted list so don't have ago at me I would buy him he not a prolific scorer every prem club want one of those but we are a long way down the list in getting one for three reasons 1 locations 2 the board wouldn't pay transfer fee 3 the board wouldn't pay is salary. So the board will have to do what they always do buy cheap fron the championship and hope they work out but they never do.

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    City man

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • can someone else please attempt to fix city man's grammar - please. (for my last post read imprisoned)

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    DerbyCanary

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Malaga - I'm not certain he appears frustrated in interviews. Which is why I believe stuff must be happening. If Naismith is dead in the water so be it - we have confirmed we are lookingbidding and something will happen. McGrandlesLoza are not ready from the u21 games I have seen so game time for them is a good thing. Grabban was never going to play so a good out also. Pinto looks the real deal from *most* reports and just needs a few more days and Jarvis was a bargain. Obviously if city man is right our board will be the next Carson Yeung and imprison for fraud\tax avoidance\mass genocide

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    DerbyCanary

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • The next couple of weeks will be telling. Can our scouting and recruitment set-up deliver? So far more out than in if you include the loan-outs such as Loza and McGrandles. Up to now I have seen nothing to give me any confidence in their ability to deliver. They still seem transfixed on chasing the unobtainable as we saw in the summer (remember the Celtic saga?) rather than re-focusing on more likely and affordable options, whether they be in the lower leagues here or overseas (especially the latter). Having failed with Naismith in the summer, they went back down the same track with, it seems, the same inevitable outcome. Obviously I have no idea what is on AN's wish-list but he must surely be starting to get frustrated, having said we would be quick off the mark to bring in players early in the transfer window to enable them to get bedded in?

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Dave 123 . I've been saying this for months now will somone for gods sake beleave when I say this board and the clubs owners have no ambition what so ever only interested in how much cash can they accumulate in the clubs bank accounts and get payouts in bonus weither they stay up or go down .

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    City man

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • I didn't want Naismith,he's no better than what we have, however AN has delivered his list of targets to the Board and as usual they cannot deliver! Reminds me of the Paul Lambert situation!! Lack of ambition......

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    dave123

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Oh I forgot to mention I would play the Wolf as a Centre Back.

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    OTFBC

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • The total ineptitude of the last transfer window is having repercussions now. Why we didn't get Jason Shackell back then for around £3 million? Surely he would have wanted PL football? Why did we send RvW on loan to a club where he would not get a look in? I honestly felt pre-season he could have done a job for us and AN may have got the best out of him. £8.5 million on him, probably the reason we are not throwing that sort of money around again.

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    OTFBC

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Why would we want Naismith, he will not be a prolific goal scorer

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    Barry from Spain

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • We need to stop looking at PL players past their 'sell by date' who cannot get a game with their existing club and start looking at HUNGRY, YOUNG, RE-SELLABLE, Championship players currently in the Promotion berths. They have no Guarantee of promotion and are clearly good enough (hence their current league position). We need to unsettle these payers and offer the carrot of Premier League footie - It has worked for Bournemouth.

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    Raisedeyebrows

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Yes, spend what it takes for a good un

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    Barry from Spain

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Derby: I totally agree. I have learned what a decent man Steven Naismith is through an Evertonian pal and you are right it is not about the money with him at all but about his family and his charity work, both in the NW. Probably better for all concerned if he stays there and total respect to the man. Not something I would say about many footballers, unfortunately, but it is verging on the impossible to leave your heart 250 miles away to play for NCFC. Good luck to Steven Naismith.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • If we persist with 1 striker then we only need 3 - we won't get someone else in with the prospect of so much bench warming. So we may just have to stay as we are in that department - but another more striking minded midfielder might help (with a track record in the PL). And, of course, a centre back...

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    Surrey Canary

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • More a metaphor than a euphemism, Wac? Malaga; Old 3 Lung's McMucker McGrandles was being touted as a nailed-on First-Teamer by Alex's predecessor. Alex, himself, brought in the poet Andreu. No rhyme nor reason...The only bit of credibility left is that D'Vott's Belgian Midfield Powerdynamoraptor might yet prove to be useful. It really pains me to admit that Paddy's hyperbollox might have some credence. Adorablespy - "our entire budget" for a decent CB presupposes there IS a budget. I feel "all City man" at the moment. That is tragic. We need Dubya's optimism just now. A Sunni disposition, even if he is a bit of a Shi'ite.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Oh cityman how the reasoned debate of the last few days has missed you incoherent ramblings. A player decides he wants to stay in another part of the country and money is the issue. The fact he has a young family is the ignored and it must be money. Because if it's money we can blame the board.

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    DerbyCanary

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Hands up if you'd be happy with our entire budget going on a decent CB?

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    Adorablespy

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • To defy Archie's autosystem I'll keep it simple this time. Three clubs want a player. One of them is NCFC. Player chooses one of the other two options. Even if one is Stevenage.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • And, right on cue, here's CityMan:-)

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Oh and re Tarkowski: if either WBA or even Burnley are really after him, you know what? He won't be coming here. If Scunthorpe or Burton A (no disrespect as a disclaimer) were after him, he wouldn't be coming here either. Maybe we could fend off Barrow or Forest Green Rovers, but I wouldn't bet on that either just now. Pathetic and the scouts should just stop taking the money. Course if we beat Stoke tonight I'll eat my words. Glad I'm not particularly hungry.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Mardler , No player who is quality will come here they are not going to take a big drop in there salary to come here this club are cheapskates the board don't deserve to have a club in the premiership if they think they can run it like a championship club . The board don't have a clue Just small time business men's trying and failing badly at running a premiership club .

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    City man

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • We've got two coming in: The Invisible Man and The Ghost. Another ineffectual window. If Sunderland can get players in, surely so can we? Over to CityBoy for his comments about the Board, I guess. And at this rate, I feel I largely agree with him. Presuming he posts as usual, of course.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Lincs even an article entitled "One thing we learned from the Summer 2015 transfer window" would be very very short, just a title and a full stop. The real article should be: "One million things Norwich City should learn about transfer windows".

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • I can not see the Everton's Naismith deal happening salary would be one big problem he would want to much for this club the same goes for any top player we have a low wage cap at this club so why do they bother. Stick to buying cheap from the championship as usual cheapskates.

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    City man

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Spot on malaga.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Have seen Washington (the player) a few times this season and agree with jonnyp he could be worth a punt although Posh might want a big chunk of that Grabban money for a player currently banging in almost a goal a game. Doubt if it will happen any more than Crouch on loan or anything else other than a few more outgoings. At the start of this window I posed the possibility we might end up discussing departures more than arrivals. There is still time for me to be proved wrong (please) but the Naismith farce has shades of the protracted attempt to bring in Hooper and then settling for Benchio. We still dont seem to have a joined up transfer strategy despite the lessons we supposedly learned from our last relegation. Cue an article, "Six things we learned from the transfer window".

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Our scouting and recruitment system remains very poor to say the least. I have been saying it for a long time and I haven't seen anything that makes me change my mind. We have a history of chasing shadows; players we are never going to get yet who we spend far too much time and effort trying to attract. Because we don't have the financial clout to compete across the Uk market, especially for players in key positions such as striker and centre back, we have to look further afield. And when we do we need to have network which enables us to properly and independently assess a player's worth. The positive is that there are players out there across Europe who would improve our squad and who can be bought for realistic sums of money as 95 per cent of clubs in the major European leagues are always short of money and ready and willing to do deals. Incidentally I have just seen on Sky Sports that McGrandles has joined the on loan exodus. Two in one day with Loza also loaned out for the season. Do we not trust any of our youngsters to step up? One or two of them may well prove to be at least as useful as some of the senior players who we are being touted with.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • This is too much to accept on the Naismith saga - get out = get on with someone who wants to come to Carrow Road!

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    mardler

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Yet another flawed transfer.. Is it just a coincidence, are we unlucky or is there something seriously wrong with the way we negotiate with people. Surely the board should look into these failed transactions if they are interested in the good running of the club.

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    VictorM

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • How about a loan for Crouch, would be a decent option for smaller cost, that if we can get Abby to come to Norwich of course. If she needs some help carrying her shopping bags around chapelfield whilst Pete is training she can always give me a call.

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    Jimhow

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Centre Back has to be the number one priority, Tarkowski is worth a chance, he is pretty solid at Championship level. We have numerous strikers (??) on the books so this needs close review, I would take a chance on someone like Conor Washington at Posh, maybe another Vardy!! Not sure on Gayle, Palace supporters tell me he is OK but he does not have the all round Premiership game, so not sure he would add too much to our squad. I think as long as the CB issue is resolved we can speculate a bit up front.

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    johnnyp

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Not entirely clear about this 'doesn't want to leave the NorthWest' stuff is all about re Naismith. If he wants to continue plying his trade in the Prem, then his only choice in that region is Man U Man C or Liverpool...and none of them are realistic options . I suppose Stoke could just about count as the NW. Otherwise , it's Blackburn, Burnley or Preston in the Champs. So, overall, I really don't buy it. I'm afraid that the usual NCFC haggling over comparatively small amounts of money sounds more likely to me .

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    Rick

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Surely finding out if the player would be happy playing and perhaps living in Norfolk should have been the first thing the club asked when they approached him and his agent in the summer? The mind boggles that we would waste so much time chasing a player that isn't even sure he wants to leave the North West. Madness from our player recruitment once again.

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Based on the outrageous prices strikers are going for, especially from the Championship I feel a loan signing may better for us. When we know our situation in the summer we can then make a call. Jelavic, Crouch or Bamford would all add something.

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    OTFBC

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Must not forget RvW is still on the books, if we are talking 'strikers'. Soaring at Real Betis. Played 7 out of around 17 games and no goals - club in freefall - two draws in last 8 games - lost last 5 - Manager, Pepe Mel (remember him at WBA - leading them to 17th place in 2014 when City were relegated in 18th) was recently sacked.

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    Kent Anglian

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Reg, I see exactly where youre coming from, if Wes is out then put VOO, Jarvis, Redmond, Howson in that space, heck even Hooper plated well off Jerome and would rather see him getting a chance before we offload as another NCFC failure who never really got a good run of games. If Naismith and Everton are going to keep messing about then move on. Big bid for Haller or Tarkowski, the way the Prem has money they will always be worth what we pay for them if we decide to sell.

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    Jimhow

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Another +for Trev. We dont really need Gayle, he doesnt suit how we set up and why keep buying average strikers who nobody else wants to play. I think Mbokani has done pretty well considering the chances he has had, if he was missing 2-3 sitters each week then maybe look elsewhere but we already have 3-4 decentaverage strikers we dont need another one.

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    Jimhow

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Totally agree, Trev!

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Blah blah blah.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • The thing I now fear is the prospect of a panic buy - Gayle would fit that scenario ! Frankly I still feel our priority is to make sure we get in a good centre back and a quality playmaker. That would improve our defence while a proven playmaker would provide far more opportunities for Mbokani or Jerome. Personally I would still like to see if Lafferty can provide the back-up at the front as well as Loza. I recall the latter coming on late in a game against, I think, Arsenal and looking very quick and bright and putting in a couple of decent shots. Otherwise we could do worse than bringing Hooper back but that would mean changing our pattern of play, allowing him to work with and just behind another front man as his natural instincts are to play off knock-downs. His other big plus is the way he moves off the ball, creating space for others. But those others would need to sharper up and be prepared to run in to the spaces he creates. Overall, then, I would prefer to see a CB and playmaker as priorities and avoid the banana skin that is a panic buy. Remember Liverpool and Balotelli?

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Don't understand the Norwich plan with strikers, is it keep buying them until you find one that works?, how many do you need?, I would have thought one to play, one to warm the bench and one in stock, playing one striker up front doesn't seem to be working for anyone at the moment, even the bigger clubs are struggling with strikers not striking, looks like the biggest problem at Norwich is creating scoring opportunities, doesn't matter how good a striker you have, if he doesn't get the service he won't score the goals.

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    trev57

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Here we go again, rumours and misinformation as NCFC struggles to get something positive out of a transfer window. The truth is that Norwich does not have the clout to attract players like Naismith even at the end of his career. Perhaps those in these messages who have advocated the faster progression of younger players are correct, such a policy did Southampton no harm in the past. It is self evident that the task facing AN is to keep NCFC in the Premiership this season in order to take advantage of the big money coming next season. However, I am not convinced that buying injured or discarded players from other clubs is the way forward. My fervent hope is that Grabban does not score a hat trick on Saturday.

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    CrichtonCanary

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Please not Dwight Gayle. He's not better than Lewis Grabban for god's sake. As I have posted before there must be a Stoke striker who would join us on loan. Crouch, Diouf or Walters? Bojan plays as a lone striker for them with Arnautovic and Shaqiri supporting him. Let's ask tonight! With Naismith I would prefer he comes in on loan, as the asking fee is ridiculous. Still think we need Sam Byram and Laffs can go to Leeds. What has happened to Sébastien Haller or Sochaux striker Karl Toko?

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    OTFBC

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • I wont shed any tears if we miss out on Naismith. We have loads of creativity in Wes, Jarvis, Brady, VOO, Redmond and Howson. We just need a reliable defence, so that we can play enough of the former to do their jobs. Gayle has pace, but I can't see him playing the target man role as a lone striker? I'd rather rely on the three we have, and spend big on the likes of Tarkowski.

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    Reg Breeze

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • As long as midfielders like Tettey, Howson, Wes etc plus defenders keep scoring the majority of our goals , and they prove to be match or point winners, then things will be OK in the eyes of the fans. Then Mbokani or Jerome only need to weigh in with the odd one now and again and we'll garner enough points to stay up. What worries me is what happens if our defence starts being porous again , or the midfield goals dry up. I suppose it's only a matter of time before Tettey has to serve another suspension. It all points to the fact that we desperately need to sign a striker of proven pedigree plus another reliable CB. The sooner the board realise that we'll almost certainly need to pay top dollar for them, the better.

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    Rick

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • OK not anagram try euphemism. We have to have a striker on our bench who is never likely to get a game. It's become a Norwich tradition.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Has anyone noticed that Dwight Gayle is an anagram for bench warmer?

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Presumably he didn't know the difference between Norwich and Northwich. Got a real bright one there.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Brewer, you would have us believe a couple of days ago that the Naismith thing was a 'done deal'. If you remember , I voiced a word of caution then , and it seems I was right. With our board, I never believe anything until I see the player concerned in a yellow shirt on the CR pitch ! Re Gayle: well I too have some doubts. We were supposedly interested in him in the summer. In the meantime he's scarcely kicked a ball for Palace, so what's changed ? If we are content to fill our squad with peole who don't actually play football, then we've got a certain Northern Irishman who fits that bill already !

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    Rick

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Gayle or Lafferty ? As Lafferty is on our books already and wants to play..... Substitute the name Lafferty for Hooper and the question is the same. Gayle against Jerome or Mbokani-Bezua, probably make him third choice for the single striker position. Thats a no then.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Agree with Single Origin Coffee. Hooper, if motivated - and fit - could do that job. Loza's scarcely had a chance, but he did score an important goal at Huddersfield last season. Difficult to try out new, young players in The Prem. Well, it seems difficult for Norwich, anyway. Off-topic: Centre back?? We only have 2 on the books. Just as well Big Benno's not injury-prone this season. Fingers crossed.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Still think it worth pursuing Naismith. Surely there can be no risk in buying Tarkowski for 3 - 4 M big young and srtrong obviously fit ever present this season Agree Laffs and Hooper better than Gayle Bue the way how has the Wolf been going this season?

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    TonyfromThailand

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • From what was said in the Liverpool Echo a couple of days ago, Everton had two players lined up, and were then wanting to offload Naismith to Norwich, to help financially smooth these deals through, so either he's stalling or the deals have hit the wall, keep him, Norwich can look elsewhere, but not Gayle. What City have now, is as good as he is, there's got to be better about.

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    Sanjeev

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • From what was said in the Liverpool Echo a couple of days ago, Everton had two players lined up, and were then wanting to offload Naismith to Norwich, to help financially smooth these deals through, so either he's stalling or the deals have hit the wall, keep him, Norwich can look elsewhere, but not Gayle. What City have now, is as good as he is, there's got to be better about.

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    Sanjeev

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Birmingham Mail reports that WBA are also interested in James Tarkowski. Also states that he is keen on Burnley as it is close to his native area, Manchester. Man Utd fan apparently. Hope location is not going to be an issue. Big lad, 6ft 3in, and looks a very good prospect. Dwight Gayle? Not so sure myself. Reported as surplus at Crystal Palace and is he better than who we already have?

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    Kent Anglian

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Several teams are after Naismith so his agent \ p#imp will be pushing up his rate. No doubt they know we're more desperate since selling Grabban. You would have thought this was already a done deed pending an injury crisis at Everton.

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    Single Origin Coffee

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • No to Gayle. We'd be better off bringing Hooper back into the team or playing Loza upfront with another target man. I can't see us signing any of the Italians we've been linked with. They'll want to head to a London team. Naismith won't happen, Afobe already gone, Austin will wait for a big signing on fee in the summer. Dembele at Fulham will do the same. It's starting to look our options are becoming less. Looks like we might need to pay a decent fee for a quality forward on loan.

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    Single Origin Coffee

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Here we go again Dwight Gayle a cheap option who can't even get in a poor Palace side who on current form are one of the worst sides in the premiership,Hoops and Laferty are better players.Naismith possibly wants more money than Norwich are willing to pay.Still what do you expect from McNally and Delia holding the purse strings poor Alex.

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    El tel

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • We surely cannot afford to waste any more time chasing this mythical lure, he obviously fancies the North too much. We need to find another target and quickly, not sure Gayle fits that bill either as he really is a striker rather than a creative man for the hole, which is what we need as competition for Wes unless Ofoe steps up to the mark.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • suprise suprise, now fill us with more rubbish of who we will never sign, beam me up snotty

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    dave@thecrown

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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