No Italian job for Norwich City

Speculation that Italian shoe supremos the Della Valle family have had talks with Norwich City football club over investing in the Canaries appears to be wide of the mark.

A website in Italy reported that the family, who run the luxury goods company Tod's, were eyeing up investment in English football clubs.

Diego Della Valle owns Italian Serie A team Fiorentina and his brother Andrea is a director of the club, having previously served as president.

The Italian website claimed the family had met Canaries chairman Alan Bowkett because they were keen to extend the company's brands.

League One promotion hopefuls Southampton were mentioned as another club the family were keeping tabs on.

However, while Norwich City Football Club would not comment, it is understood there has not been any contact between the Della Valles and the club.

But the Canaries, currently in third place in the Championship, are actively on the lookout for new investment.

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At the annual general meeting in January, shareholders voted in favour of amendments to the way shares are allocated in order to make it easier to attract investors.

The changes, which mean the club can allocate extra shares should a major investor come forward, were passed at the club's annual general meeting at Carrow Road.

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