Norwich City’s Bradley Johnson transfer rumours ‘untrue’

Norwich City chief executive David McNally has denied speculation that a £4.2m fee had been agreed w

Norwich City chief executive David McNally has denied speculation that a £4.2m fee had been agreed with Swansea for a summer swoop of Bradley Johnson. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

One striker departed and a midfielder was linked with a move away from Carrow Road – kicking off talk over the make-up of Norwich City's squad for next season.

Long serving academy product Chris Martin was the man on the move, signing a two-year deal at Championship outfit Derby County after the Canaries turned down their option of a one-year extension.

The 24-year-old had been on loan at Pride Park for the second half of the season, with his permanent move confirmed yesterday morning.

Later in the day, City chief executive David McNally moved to deny speculation that a £4.2m fee had been agreed with Swansea for a summer swoop of Bradley Johnson.

The 26-year-old has been an integral part of manager Chris Hughton's Premier League midfield this season, and signed a new deal in February that would keep him at Carrow Road until the summer of 2016.

McNally took to Twitter to describe the Daily Mail reports of a deal with Swansea as 'completely untrue'. He added: 'We are not in discussions with any club about the sale/potential sale of any first team player. OK?'

But while the Canaries head into the final two games of their Premier League campaign still unsure of which division they will be playing in next season, there will be a host of players already wondering where their futures lie.

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Young goalkeeper Declan Rudd enjoyed his 2013 loan at League One Preston, keeping eight clean sheets in his 14 appearances – and certainly making an impression on North End boss Simon Grayson.

'We are keen on bringing Declan back,' he said. 'He's under contract at Norwich so we'll see where we go with that one. We've offered Thorsten Stuckmann a new deal and Declan is something we'd like to do so that we have two very good goalkeepers.

'Agreeing a deal with Norwich is something much further down the line. Their season still has a few weeks to go and we have to respect that.'

Rudd has already admitted he would consider a permanent move to Preston in the summer, with the 22-year-old's current deal reportedly set to expire next year.

Striker James Vaughan is certain to be in demand after his season at Huddersfield saw him finish the Championship side's top scorer and player of the season; he also has a year to run on his current contract.

Elliott Ward is a free agent following his short-term deal at Nottingham Forest, who may yet produce a longer deal. Daniel Ayala's season loan saw his last Forest appearance come on New Year's Day. The 22-year-old centre-back still has two years of his current City deal to run. Tom Adeyemi, 21 and reportedly out of contract in the summer, is still fighting Brentford's League Two play-off cause.

As for Korey Smith, 22, he will enter his last contracted year at City with 10 appearances on loan at Oldham.

On the other side of the coin, it will most likely be Premier League survival that gives Hughton the option to sign on-loan Lazio left-back Javier Garrido on a permanent deal.

And that brings it all back to the Canaries' relegation battle, which sees West Brom visit on Sunday.