Coyne coming to City?

Norwich City are locked in a three-way battle for Burnley goalkeeper Danny Coyne - according to the player's agent.

Norwich City are locked in a three-way battle for Burnley goalkeeper Danny Coyne - according to the player's agent.

The 33-year-old Welsh international has just been released by the Clarets and Gary Mellor revealed his client is wanted by three Championship clubs, including the Canaries.

“Danny has received interest from Sheffield Wednesday, Norwich and Ipswich and a couple of Premiership clubs looking for a number two,” said Mellor.

“The important thing is that he gets first-team football because he wants to keep his place as Wales' number one.”


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Coyne himself has admitted that he hopes to use two forthcoming internationals as a shop window to earn himself a move to a Championship club.

“If I can feature against New Zealand and Czech Republic it would be fantastic,” said Coyne. “I've got confidence in my own ability. I'll keep my options open but I want to stay in the Championship.”

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Coyne fell out of the first team picture at Turf Moor this season thanks to the form of Danish 'keeper Brian Jensen, and it came as no surprise when manager Steve Cotterill told the player that he would not be offering a new contract.

“I'd had a few discussions with him (Cotterill) over the past couple of weeks so it wasn't a shock when I was told I could leave,” said Prestatyn-born Coyne, who has won 14 caps.

“At least I know where I stand now and I've got a goal to aim for - it's a bit of an adventure because you don't know who you're going to be playing for next season.

“It's quite exciting really, so I'm looking forward to finding a new club and starting afresh. It gives you that extra bit of hunger again to get back playing and prove quite a few people wrong.”

Coyne insists he would be willing to play for any club in the Championship if the right offer was on the table.

“I'll move anywhere if the club is right for me. There's speculation about a few clubs, but there's nothing definite at the minute.

“I want to continue to play in the Championship but I'll wait and see what happens over the summer.”

Norwich boss Peter Grant has made finding a new goalkeeper his top priority over the summer after using no less than five different 'keepers this season.

On-loan Fulham goalkeeper Tony Warner finished the campaign as the first choice but a permanent move could prove difficult, with the Canaries unlikely to be able to afford his Premiership wages.

Meanwhile, Hibernian manager John Collins has dismissed speculation linking the Edinburgh club with a move for out-of-favour City stopper Paul Gallacher.

The 28-year-old had reportedly been watched by Collins and his assistant Tommy Craig as the Easter Road side look to get in a new goalkeeper for next season.

But when asked whether he was interested in Gallacher, the Hibs boss insisted the Scotland international is not on his shopping list.

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