Martin on the radar of clubs higher up pyramid

Young Canaries striker Chris Martin is being tracked by a host of Championship clubs, according to a report yesterday. Sky Sports made the claim on their website yesterday, saying: 'His form has not gone unnoticed higher up the football pyramid with a number of sides keeping tabs on his progress.

Young Canaries striker Chris Martin is being tracked by a host of Championship clubs, according to a report yesterday.

Sky Sports made the claim on their website yesterday, saying: 'His form has not gone unnoticed higher up the football pyramid with a number of sides keeping tabs on his progress.'

Martin's contract is up in the summer and Sky say Norwich are keen to sit down and negotiate a new deal. The 21-year-old is enjoying a purple patch under manager Paul Lambert, having spent last season on loan at Luton Town, along with Michael Spillane.

However, Lambert would be reluctant to let Martin leave Carrow Road without a fight. He and the club's hierarchy have already publicly stated that none of the leading players is for sale - and the Beccles youngster is certainly a leading player nowadays.


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Martin has scored 14 goals in 27 appearances this season, having earned a regular starting place alongside Grant Holt since Lambert came in. Having come through the Academy ranks, Martin's career got off to a flying start when, as a raw but promising 18-year-old he was thrown into the fray by then manager Peter Grant in the first few months of 2007 - and responded with five goals, including four in consecutive appearances. But he struggled to get a look-in under Grant's successor, Glenn Roeder, who let him and Spillane go to Luton for the 2008-09 season, when he scored 13 goals, including one in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final win over Scunthorpe at Wembley. Lambert has consistently praised Martin's performances and his finishing, and to lose him now would not sit well with City supporters.

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