Rumour mill - Bullard on Lambert’s wish list?

The Daily Mirror has suggested Ipswich Town loan star Jimmy Bullard could make a summer switch to Carrow Road.

Former City triallist Bullard, who scored a wonderful consolation goal in Town's 5-1 humbling by City at Portman Road in April, was on loan from Hull City for just 16 games – yet still managed to win the club's player of the season award.

If Norwich fancied making the move, it would not come cheap. Apparently Town boss Paul Jewell has stated Bullard still has two years to run on his current Hull contract – with his wages costing �45,000 per week. Ouch.

QPR, Wigan and West Ham are also said to be in the hunt for the 32-year-old, who apparently would still consider a longer stay in Suffolk.

The Mirror also believes Everton striker James Vaughan, who spent most of last season on loan at Crystal Palace, is still on Norwich's summer shopping list – and will face a fight with Ipswich for the 22-year-old's signature.

The Daily Mail has been all over speculation prolific Germany striker Miroslav Klose could be a shock City transfer target this summer – and now the paper believes the Canaries' chance may have been 'dashed'.

Despite looking set to leave Bayern Munich as a free agent, apparently the German side have now had a change of heart and offered the World Cup star a compromise deal to stay at the Allianz Arena.

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The move was mooted because of Paul Lambert's 'Bundesliga connections', having played at Borussia Dotmund. The City boss ruled out any move for Klose in an interview yesterday – so that's one rumour that finally appears to have been laid to rest.

As for those possibly heading the other way, City midfielder Matt Gill is due to be out of contract this summer and should the Canaries decide to release the former Exeter favourite, Walsall will be waiting in the wings.

Gill enjoyed a productive spell on loan at the Saddlers, who turned round their season to survive in League One come May. And manager Dean Smith is looking to boost his midfield options on a more permanent basis. Marc-Antoine Gbarssin and Marc Laird, released by Carlisle and Millwall respectively, have also been mentioned. Smith said: 'I've been meeting a few players and dealing with a lot of agents who are touting their players around. And I've spoken to agents of all three of those players mentioned to express my interest. We're looking to build a squad to to carry on the momentum we built at the end of last season.'

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