Hunt for loan players continues

Norwich City's hunt for loan players will be put on hold at 4.45pm this afternoon - three hours before kick-off at the City of Manchester Stadium.

Norwich City's hunt for loan players will be put on hold at 4.45pm this afternoon - three hours before kick-off at the City of Manchester Stadium.

Manager Peter Grant is scouring the list of available players to see who is available and who isn't cup tied - suggesting that even at that late stage he is prepared to field a new face for the Carling Cup third round tie against the Premier League side.

The name of West Ham defender Calum Davenport has again been mooted, and while Grant didn't knock back the idea completely, it seems the one-time Norwich loan player could be outside the price range.

"We are trying to get people in and we have been doing that since the final whistle went on Saturday," said Grant.

"Again, a lot of managers turn their phones off on Sunday and we have had a few calls back today.

"With the Carling Cup situation a lot of managers are still involved in it and we have to see how things pan out there.

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"We are waiting on a few phone calls back because I think you can still get an emergency loan up until three hours before the game.

"We thought it would be 12 o'clock, but seemingly with the emergency loan scenario you can do them three hours before the game, so I will be still looking."

Given the fact that Davenport was a £3m purchase for West Ham from Spurs just eight months ago, he could well be out of Grant's price range - although the fact he was on loan at Upton Park in 2004 during Grant time as assistant manager, could be advantageous.

"I know Calum well and obviously I was part of the group that brought him to West ham," said Grant.

"I know he did well when he was here, he is always one you are interested in.

"But he has been out with a hernia and only played a couple of reserve games recently. He is a good player."

However, the financial side clearly is a major issue in any possible deal.

Grant said: "I went for a player last week who has played probably two first team games - £12,000 a week, £300,000 loan fee until Christmas.

"That is what I am saying you are up against."