Gunn sets sights
Jonathan RedheadBryan Gunn will be looking to add to his Dream Team today as the new Canaries manager approaches his first transfer deadline. All permanent deals are off as of 5pm when the window closes, by which time Gunn will hope to have secured new personnel to fill gaping holes in defence and attack - and in his dug-out.Jonathan Redhead
Bryan Gunn will be looking to add to his Dream Team today as the new Canaries manager approaches his first transfer deadline.
All permanent deals are off as of 5pm when the window closes, by which time Gunn will hope to have secured new personnel to fill gaping holes in defence and attack - and in his dug-out.
And one of those gaps was filled yesterday, when the club confirmed the signing of Celtic striker Chris Killen on loan until the end of the season.
But the City boss is not expected to stop there.
He admits he hasn't given up hope of persuading Cardiff City to allow Darren Purse to move to Carrow Road to reinforce his backline.
The clock is ticking down if Gunn wants to make the Purse move a permanent one, but should the move end in failure, City may already have a plan B lined up in the shape of Aberdeen centre-back Zander Diamond, the 23-year-old Scotland Under-21 international having made 180 appearances for the Scottish Premier League side since his debut in 2003.
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Then there are moves at the opposite end of the pitch, with reports in Norway suggesting a bid of �200,000 bid for former Tottenham striker Steffan Iversen from Norwich had been turned down, but that the Canaries were likely to return with another offer.
And the rumours came thick and fast during the weekend, with long-time target Alan Gow of Rangers and Dartford hitman Cody McDonald also linked with switches to Norfolk.
Attacking midfielder Gow had been on the verge of joining Coca-Cola Championship leaders Wolves earlier this month, but failed a medical due to a hip injury.
However, the injury is not thought to be serious, and Gow, who had a successful loan spell with Blackpool this season, is willing to play through the pain barrier.
Dartford manager Tony Burman said the club had received 'a couple' of fim bids for the 22-year-old McDonald who has had a two-day trial with City.
'I went up to Norwich with Cody. He did very well and I think they were impressed,' Burman said.
Meanwhile, there are also moves off the pitch with Gunn intending to make old team-mate Ian Butterworth his assistant manager in the Gunn Dream Team, but City are having trouble prising him away from Hartlepool.
However, the 45-year-old former defender was at the Keepmoat Stadium on Friday to see City's 1-1 draw with Doncaster - but significantly was absent from the Hartlepool party on duty at Brighton on Saturday.
Arturo Lupoli's time at Carrow Road could well come to an end before 5pm today with Italian clubs Reggina, Siena and Lecce possible destinations for the striker, who has had an up and down spell with the Canaries.
However, Killen will definitely be at the club for the rest of the season and could be in line to make his debut at Wolves tomorrow.
The 6ft New Zealand international striker has had a tough time with Celtic this season, but Gunn said: 'I'm delighted to secure his signature. Chris' name has been mentioned to us in the past and we felt it was a good time to pursue the opportunity.
'Gordon Strachan gave Chris a glowing reference and other people who have come up against him have also been impressed with him.
'He will bring us something different to our forward line, he's a target man with good physique and height and a good football player who will fit into our system and style of play nicely.
'It's an opportunity for Chris to get games under his belt and impress us and our supporters. He has a good work ethic and will also look to run in behind defences and we look forward to welcoming him to Carrow Road.'
The 27-year-old will wear the number nine shirt at Carrow Road.
Gordon Strachan brought Killen to Scottish giants Celtic from Hibernian in May 2007 but first-team opportunities have been limited with the striker making only two league starts.
Killen has scored 15 goals in 26 international appearances for New Zealand.