Agent rules out City move for Davenport

Norwich City manager Peter Grant suffered a blow yesterday when Calum Davenport's agent revealed the defender will be staying at West Ham.

Norwich City manager Peter Grant suffered a blow yesterday when Calum Davenport's agent revealed the defender will be staying at West Ham.

There had been reports that Davenport was in the Norwich area to seal a move back to the club he spent a loan spell with in the 2005/06 season.

However, Warwick Horton insists his client was simply in the area to have a routine operation and that the

24-year-old will be staying at Upton Park to fight for his place.


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"He is definitely not going back to Norwich and he will be staying with West Ham," said Horton. "He may have been in the Norwich area for an operation but the rumours that he will be returning to Norwich are not true."

Davenport moved to West Ham from Tottenham for £2.7m in January but has struggled to get into Alan Curbishley's side with the likes of Anton Ferdinand, Matthew Upson and Danny Gabiddon ahead of him in the pecking order.

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It was understood he was looking for a move away from the East End club with Ipswich Town also thought to be among the clubs interested in his signature.

Grant is determined to add a central defender to his squad and declared his interest in Davenport after the pre-season win against Vitesse Arnhem.

"I want competitive spirit in the team and on the training ground and I want players to be fighting for their position," he said. "People like Calum are very, very good players. There's a hell of a lot of good players out there. He's been here before, that's probably why people have been linking him with us and West Ham have got five other central defenders, but we're always looking for good players and he definitely comes into that bracket."

However, Grant will now have to look elsewhere after also losing out to Stoke City for the loan signing of the highly-rated Manchester United youngster Ryan Shawcross.

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