Norwich City defender could join exodus

Leon Barnett could be set to join Cardiff City.

Leon Barnett could be set to join Cardiff City. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The clear-out at Carrow Road looks set to continue – if former Canaries defender Malky Mackay has his way.

Reports in south Wales say that Mackay wants to sign out-of-favour centre-back Leon Barnett, having had the 27-year-old at the Cardiff City on loan at the end of last season.

Barnett played a major role in taking Cardiff to the Championship summit and a place in the Premier League next season – and boss Mackay now wants to make him his first signing of the summer.

Barnett, who has a year left on his contract at Norwich, initially moved to Wales on a month's loan in March as cover for injured captain Mark Hudson. He made eight appearances – during which time Cardiff kept five clean-sheets.

The Stevenage-born Barnett was recalled by Canaries boss Chris Hughton at the end of April, with Michael Turner having suffered a groin injury in the Canaries' 2-1 win over Reading the previous weekend.


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Hughton has already made significant inroads into building next season's squad, having signed striker Ricky Van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon and pinning Javier Garrido down to a permanent deal, while selling Chris Martin to Derby County.

Hughton has also released striker Simeon Jackson, defenders Marc Tierney and Elliott Ward as well as Korey Smith, Tom Adeyemi, Lee Camp and George Francomb.

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James Vaughan could follow them out of the door, with Huddersfield desperate to keep him after a season-long loan which ended with him winning the club's Player of the Season award – but talks are reportedly on ice – until after the 24-year-old gets married next month.

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