Charlton's Sam could fit the bill for Norwich City

Chris LakeyNorwich City are reportedly chasing Charlton winger Lloyd Sam. The 25-year-old was linked with a move to Carrow Road by some of the national media yesterday while a whole host of other rumours have begun circulating.Chris Lakey

Norwich City are reportedly chasing Charlton winger Lloyd Sam.

The 25-year-old was linked with a move to Carrow Road by some of the national media yesterday while a whole host of other rumours have begun circulating.

Sam is said to be ready to leave Charlton after the Addicks' failure to reach the League One play-off final.

City are said to be one of the clubs interested in him, with Sam's out-of-contract status an attraction.


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Charlton are unable to offer new terms - and that could prompt a rush for his signature, with Sheffield United, Burnley, Leicester, and QPR all in the hunt.

Sam - who played in both league fixtures against the Canaries this season - came through the ranks at Charlton and after loans spells at Leyton Orient and Sheffield Wednesday, has established himself as a first team regular.

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The stumbling block, as ever, could be money - Burnley are bolstered by a �16m parachute payment while QPR are backed by Lakshmi Mittal's billions.

An indication of what City boss Paul Lambert is up against is perhaps illustrated by reports claiming that Ipswich boss Roy Keane has tabled a �3m bid for Cardiff striker Michael Chopra.

Town are bankrolled by camera-shy billionaire owner Marcus Evans and Keane is said to be keen to partner Chopra up front with 17-year-old sensation Connor Wickham.

t Jamie Cureton says he's hoping to prove City boss Paul Lambert was wrong to allow him to leave Carrow Road. The 34-year-old is a free agent after Lambert opted not to offer him a new contract following the end of his deal this summer - but says he is determined to restore his reputation.

Cureton was relegated to the bench soon after Lambert arrived at Carrow Road last August and by the end of November was completely out of the picture. A loan move to Shrewsbury followed in February but after manager Paul Simpson was sacked, he was returned to City before the season had ended.

'Your reputation takes a knock when things don't go well so I want to show people they have made a mistake,' said Cureton.

'I know what I can do. I still feel I can perform at a high level for a few more years, but I've had a nightmare couple of years at Norwich.

'The first season was good, I was playing and I was top scorer but then in the last two seasons I had four managers and chopped and changed. It's been very up and down.

'But I haven't stopped training and I'm looking for a really big season next year.'

Cureton was yesterday linked with a move to League One Walsall.

He said: 'I'd be interested, definitely. They are a good club and I've always enjoyed playing there. It's the area I want to get to because it's close to Bristol and my family are there. It appeals me and I'm waiting for the phone to ring.

'I've always enjoyed playing there, they play a good brand of football and I know Darren Byfield as well.'

t City will begin selling season tickets for the new Championship season from Tuesday.

The final deadline for renewals has passed and City are thought to have sold approaching 20,000. Fans on the waiting list can purchase their season ticket this week.

Movers and Shakers week - for those existing season ticket holders who wish to relocate their seats - closed yesterday.

Tickets for City's big pre-season friendlies will go on sale to season ticket holders on Monday. Lambert's men play Newcastle United on Saturday, July 24, with Everton visiting Carrow Road a week later.

Tickets are priced at �15 for adults and concessions and �10 for under-16s - they will go on general sale on Monday, June 7. For more information call 0844 826 1902 or visit the Carrow Road ticket office or the Canary Store in The Mall, Norwich.

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