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Updated rumour mill: Bologna eye Norwich City midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu; Chelsea’s Patrick Bamford is a loan option and Inter’s Davide Santon linked to Canaries

15:44 28 January 2016

Norwich City midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu has been linked with a move to Serie A and Bologna. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu has been linked with a move to Serie A and Bologna. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is a loan target for Serie A club Bologna.

Italian football site, tuttomercarto.web, reported on Wednesday Mulumbu could be an option for the Serie A new boys who have reportedly made an enquiry to the Canaries.

Mulumbu has had a bit part role so far under Alex Neil this season after an untimely foot injury in the Canaries’ final pre-season friendly ahead of their Premier League return. The 29-year-old, who joined Norwich on a free transfer from West Brom, has made seven appearances, with his last outing coming in Norwich’s 3-0 FA Cup third round defeat to Manchester City.

Mulumbu signed a two-year contract at Carrow Road after joining along with former Baggie Graham Dorrans. Bologna, who are currently 12th in the Italian top flight, have already added Sunderland’s Emanuele Giaccherini on loan until the end of this season.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail claim on Thursday afternoon Chelsea are considering the Canaries’ loan enquiry for Patrick Bamford. The striker returned to the Blues after a frustrating loan spell earlier this season at Crystal Palace. The 22-year-old failed to score in his Selhurst Park stint but was prolific in Middlesbrough’s Championship campaign last season that ended in play-off heartache to the Canaries at Wembley.

Bamford has also been linked with a potential loan move to Spain this month. City have a loan option available after completing a permanent deal for former West Ham wide player Matt Jarvis at the start of this window. Neil has been touted with a number of strikers this month and held talks with FC Utrecht’s Sebastien Haller and his representative at the club’s training ground two weeks ago.

Finally, Sky Italia report Inter full-back Davide Santon is a possible defensive target for the Canaries. Santon spent four-years with Newcastle before a free transfer switch back to his homeland. The 25-year-old has made only nine appearances for the Nerazzurri but Roberto Mancini is prepared to listen to offers for both Santon and fellow full-back Martin Montoya.

43 comments

  • Red Barrel was 4.0% ABV. On a good day. G'day!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Brew, nah, he's been in the ground a good few years now. He was probably referring to Watney's Red Barrel. He was a Bullard's man but I drank Steward and Patterson mild with brown ale.

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    cutty

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Look the hour glass is running down and we need to splash a bit more cash on two defenders ..Twenty five million should do it. Its tiresome talking about Grabban Loza Hooper even Archant and not the moment to rabbit on about ex city players Ashto et al.

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    johnty

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Just to be clear, incase anyone is referring to me, I'm not discounting Bamford for not having Prem experience, because he DOES have Prem experience, and he did absolutely nothing with it. I'm also saying that Bamford may have scored 20+ in the Champ last season, but so did CJ. And he's barely playing for us!

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    Canarywary

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Yes your right Waclor just read in Wiki ,did not know that , he is a Newcastle player

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    iMac

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • MichiganCanary, I agree about Wisdom. Also, if we can find better I'd let Mulumbu go. I also agree with those who haven't forgotten CJ, he was edging it over Mbokani for me, at least until recently. I have to admit the latter looked very good linking with Naismith and Wes, last Saturday, and holds up the ball really well. I agree RvW could be a good 'sniffer Clarke' type; BUT AN has no room for such a player in any of his systems. I think 'Premier League' experience is useful; but utter rubbish to discount anybody who doesn't have it. One major difference is the pace required, and Bamford appeared to have lots of that when Middlesbrough visited Carrow Road. If memory serves, I think he was injured in that game, and looked a poor shadow at Wembley. I hope he's not suffering a long term effect? Davide Santon is a LEFT attacking fullback. It seems to me that's our strongest flank, already?

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    Reg Breeze

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Hi, cutty. Was your old mucker referring specifically to Wherry? Most beers of that weakness tend to be a bit wishy-washy. North of The Wall, it is\was customary to use such stuff just as something to wash whisky down with. A haairf and a hof. Had some good stuff yesterday - Dark Star American PA (4.7%) and Green Jack Rising Sun (4.8%). Tasty and only £3.40 a pint (not City centre!). IrishCan; why are drinks so expensive in Ireland?? Oh, on footy! I see on Beeb that Jamar Loza has gone to join the Creosote Kid at Saafend for the rest of the season. Only L1, but the Shrimpers are in playoff contention.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Brew, pish is right, an ole mucker of mine once said 'it's got no body an' there 'aint a headache in a pail full'.

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    cutty

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • The reason that I think RvW deserves another chance is that he's only really played under Hughton, who was really, really defensive. His towering header against Everton showed he's no lightweight. He plays a great ball too, which often gets forgotten. Like Igno said, he's free too, so it's not a huge financial risk. I'm sure Bamford would do ok, but I don't see anything to suggest he'd do much better than what we've already got.

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    Canarywary

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • I thought Armstrong was at Coventry on loan from Newcastle but wouldn't swear to it.

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    waclor

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • I seem to remember one of Michael Bailey's posts during the Middlesborough home game last season saying that Bamford is the sort of player who wears gloves with a short-sleeved shirt. Sums him up pretty well, I think.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Yes, I know it's unfashionable.... but still believe that RVW could have been the Sniffer Clarke we missed out on (check out the video of a dozen or so goals he scored in Portugal) and since he's already ours why not save another large transfer fee and spend it on a defender. Still like the look of Bamford and if Liverpool can borrow "Corker" just for injury cover, surely NCFC's scouting team can find a stop- gap gap-stopper. I say this more in hope than anticipation since rumour has it that they struggle to find the A47 without a satnav.

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    Igno Rance

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Agreed iMac have said this before about so called Prem experience, utter tosh. If a player has the technique, skill and desire to succeed at a higher level, then he will, whether they have played for Accrington or Arsenal. Also MB hello, have to also agree regards CJ, he would be my first choice striker every time. His work rate is second to none, and unlike Big M, he doesn't tend to drift out wide and holds his position, that's not to say Big M can't do the job, but would still like to see 2 up front.

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    Bald Canary

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • I hear Chelsea have offered to swop Loic Remy for Vardy, bit like swopping a car that won't start for one that does, why can't Norwich do that, swap a striker that don't strike for one that does.

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    trev57

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • I can't believe this love in for RVW. I'm sure he's a lovely bloke and he is a beautiful mover but he aint strong enough for Championship football let alone the Prem. It would be great if he came back, scored lots of goals and kept us up but he won't. I think and hope he's coming back to be loaned out. Bamford (I prefer to call him Bammers) could be a good signing. There's quality and intelligence within that needs the wee SAN laddie to have a few chats to bring it out. OTBC

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    Bury Yella Fella

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Brew I was referring to the lightweight nature of your average journo as opposed to espousing the virtues of the beverage in question. A few pints of Erdinger washed down with copious amounts of Warsteiner (not forgetting the odd shot of the water of life) does it for me

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    Canaryboy65

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Wish I could get a pint for just £4 down my local..a pint and a glass of wine for Mrs Irish sets me back £11. Needless to say, I don't let her out too often :(

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    Irish canary

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Wherry, CB65?? That's p!sh. (Scottish vernacular). Not worth drinking beer below 4.5% ABV! Though I do occasionally restrict myself to a gallon. Or 4.54 litres. Or nine notional pints in Norwich City Centre pub Units. While being charged 4 quid a "pint". That's Entrepreneurialment! Btw; I'm bequeathing my, as yet unpaid, proofreading fees to endow a School of Journalism for Archie's lads. Though I fear it may be too little, too late. Never mind, there's always The Woolpack... They have crayons there.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Delia Smith's slapstick sense of humour to the fore again. 14 goals conceded in 4 games and Norwich are looking to strengthen every position, except central defence. Delia is in full control of transfer policy. Look at Pinto! The football writer in Zagreb warned that he can't defend because he is always out of position. And so Delia goes and adds him to the panto defence that already stars the boy Martin and the boy Bassong. Relegation or new owners? This is the choice.

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    Big Vince

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Adam Armsrong plays for Coventry

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    iMac

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Glad to see that some posters have graduated from journalism school and now freely print what they've thought up over a few pints of Wherry!

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    Canaryboy65

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Coventry Armstrong, sounds like an engineering company.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • didn't think he was pasta it.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Past his sell by date, West Brom saw that Norwich didn't, get a fee for him.

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    dave123

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • CanWar, I think CJ scored 21 goals, including the playoffs. He's been unlucky this season. That prune of a referee (Hooper!) ruling out a brilliant strike vs the Crystal Set and that naughty little brilliant goalkeeper, Butland, vs Stoke. 8uggers the confidence. Not sure I'm as enamoured of Ricky as you clearly are. Not my type, really. Anyway, I'm a septic sceptic, not a cynic. Btw; when you say "Colemans" do you refer to Wincarnis, or to that hot yellow stuff made by Colman's? Either way, I couldn't manage a half! And I cannot imagine Ricky being swift. Anyway, hot off the rumour mill, The Wolf is landing at the Earl of Iveagh's private airfield to join his rare breeds zoo at Elveden.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • I apologise to those who do ,but in my opinion I can't buy into this ,he is not a premiership player . What is a premiership player ..., I saw a few games he played in last year and he looked all right , there are many lower league players who have made good , look at Vardy , I saw a striker from Coventry Armstrong I think his name was and he looked sharp .surlely if your aiming at the goal there's no difference between a lower league goal and a premiership goal .perhaps my thinking is wrong who can tell ???

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    iMac

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Rooney Cóckertrio is a very naughty boy for implying that our Wee Genius favours Scottish players. As if he'd do that. That said, I wonder whether current team selection is affected by AN's belief that Big Dave is actually "McBokani" . Then again, Cameron sounds a tad Scottish too. Why not compromise? Have Big Dave Cameron as sole socksrunoffer? He'd soon break down a defensive Corbyn. Hot off the rumour mill, we are being touted with 4-legged Berkshire International Kaniné Montmorency. Apparently, as a party trick, he can fit three men in a boot.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Brew, I know for a fact that if you went for a swift half of Colemans down your local with Ricky Wolf, you'd think twice about your cynicism. He's funny, good looking and smart to boot. I demand that he's on the team bus come Spurs on Tuesday. Alternatively we could just meet him off the plane at Heathrow?

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    Canarywary

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Fair enough. Though there is also the England U21 and Chelsea connections which might suggest some star quality. Though given Chelsea's role as a weird loan-factory of young footballers to the world, perhaps not...

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    Ruddy Hell

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • But CamJam scored a lot in the Champ last season (I forget the total) and as you say, he's not working so well in the Prem. Same goes for Hooper to a certain extent. So we can't really go off Champ scoring alone. I think we need Prem experience or nothing.

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    Canarywary

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • But he also didn't play at Palace. For reasons best known to himself, Pardew opted to play no strikers in his formation for most of the season meaning Bamford (or really Gayle, Chamakh, Wickham or Campbell!) didn't get a look-in. He did score 19 in the Chump last season and thus should definitely be worth a loan punt to compete with Mbonk and reduce Big Cam to the 80th minute 'big lump up top' role he is surely best suited for in the Prem.

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    Ruddy Hell

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • RvW back for cover!? Yer 'avin' a geewoorff, mai saahn. Cushion cover?? I think it's high time harry mcardle accepted that Alex is a wee genius. Sometimes. Nascent? Or vestigial?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • I worry because Bamford didn't score for Palace. This suggests to me that he's the sort of striker who doesn't make goals for himself, but waits for the right sort of service. I suppose RvW is similar. This is not something that we are very good at unfortunately, when you consider the low number of goals are strikers are scoring. Naismith though, judging by last Saturday, seems to be good at this sort of attacking.

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    Canarywary

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Bamford would be a welcome addition, in my opinion. He can play a lone-man role, I suspect, better than Gayle and would surely be an upgrade on Jerome, who while dear to our hearts, is a blunt instrument in the PL. If we opt to leave Gayle alone, however, the result will be that he goes on to strengthen our relegation rivals, Swansea. Ahh, the complex machinations of the transfer window; while it's open I tend to forget that actual football gets played...

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    Ruddy Hell

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • What about the leicester potential signing? All as clear as mud at this point.Send Goreham down to AN s office preferably before the scrimmage.Quite often they just talk a load of squit. This is Premier league not conference league south Archant!!!

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    johnty

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • If RVW does come back for cover I guess this means KL might be off, thinking on a pure monetary point this may not be a bad thing to give RVW some game time if we're in a good wining position LOL so to pump up his value a bit should he manage to put in a random goal here and there as his contract is running down and we need to get some value back from him when they move him on. I would be surprised to see Mulumbu moved out on loan but then I was also surprised that he wasn't bought on to shore up the midfield at the weekend when we were in a 3-1 winning position at the 60 min point. Strange things do happen and the next 4 days are going to be eventful I think.

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    David Evans

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • patric bamford seems very over rated.city have better players not getting in the side.

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    harry mcardle

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • If Mulumbu doesn't play even when Tettey is injured, he's probably happy to move. Maybe if we all howl the Wolf will return? I'd like to see him play for us with another striker.

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    Canarywary

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • We should bid for fulhams ross mccormack as Alex Neil likes Scottish players. He will link up well with nilly.

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    Rooney Cockertrio

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Where did the romour about RVW coming back come from? Would this result in a him and Naismith two up front option? Surpirssed about the Mulumbu rumour - does not make sense with Tettey on nine yellows. Also no mention of Wisdom's role in our defense - he has been one of our better defenders this year, and improved with game time. Lack of consistent game time seems to be becoming an issue across the team.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • ...however due to a freak accident involving a radio-active wolf from Chernobyl, in an animal park while he was out on loan, RvW has gained mutation superpowers. He is being secretly smuggled back to a re-enforced enclosure Colney before being unleashed on an unsuspecting Premier League.......I read in the Daly Fail or something similar.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Looks like we'll have the full set then.

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    superfan59

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Perhaps a more surprising rumour . . . . . R.v.W may be coming back !

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    nevermindthedanger

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

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