City linked with new bid for striker
Glenn Roeder is reported to be stepping up his bid to bring Scunthorpe striker Martin Paterson to Carrow Road in the summer. The Canaries boss is in need of attacking reinforcements for a team which has often misfired this season, with Dion Dublin retiring and Ched Evans heading back to Manchester City after his successful loan spell.
Glenn Roeder is reported to be stepping up his bid to bring Scunthorpe striker Martin Paterson to Carrow Road in the summer.
The Canaries boss is in need of attacking reinforcements for a team which has often misfired this season, with Dion Dublin retiring and Ched Evans heading back to Manchester City after his successful loan spell.
Paterson has been on Roeder's wish list for some time and with Scunthorpe already relegated from the Championship, the rumour mill has started again, with Iron manager Nigel Adkins quickly dismissing reports that his 20-year-old star striker would heading to Norfolk.
“Norwich have not been in touch with us at all,” he said.
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“I've spoken to his agent and to Norwich, but media speculation will abound throughout the summer.
“The reality of football is that clubs try to sign good players from other clubs.
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“We bought Martin Paterson from Stoke reserves and he's been a revelation, he's scored 14 goals, so you have keep going out there and try and bring good players in all the time.”
One newspaper recently reported that City were willing to pay £900,000 for the young Northern Ireland international, who was brought in as a replacement for the prolific Billy Sharp, who snubbed Norwich last summer in favour of a return to his hometown club, Sheffield United.
Roeder saw Paterson score two first-half goals in a 3-2 defeat at Ipswich in December before driving to Layer Road for City's late kick-off game at Colchester.
However, interest during the January transfer market appeared to be ended by then Iron chairman Steve Wharton who slapped a £5m price tag on the player.
“I have had a very brief telephone conversation with someone from Norwich,” Wharton said at the time. “They inquired if Martin was available and I said not at any price When the response came that every player had his price I told them that £5m would not be enough for them to take Martin. That was the end of the conversation and there was no offer made.”
Roeder is also rumoured to be interested in Nottingham Forest striker Nathan Tyson, who has scored nine League Two goals this season.
Tyson, who joined Forest from Wycombe in January, 2006 and has a year left on his contract, has admitted his long-term future at the City Ground is unclear - which has alerted City and Leicester.
“I have a year left so as far as I am aware nothing is happening, nothing's been said,” he said. “I haven't been offered a new contract, I don't know if they will.
“I don't know what is happening with me. I don't think anything will be said, I'm not one of the players who are up at the end of the season.
“I would like to get something sorted but we will just have to wait and see what league we are in.”