Rumour mill - Celtic bid for Forster is rejected

Norwich City's League One-winning keeper Fraser Forster was the subject of a �1.5m bid from SPL giants Celtic according to media reports in his north-east.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon later confirmed he has made an approach for the player – and that it had been turned down.

'Newcastle have said at the minute he is not for sale but we will pursue that avenue further if we can,' he commented.

Forster has periodically been linked with a Carrow Road return ever since an impressive season-long loan stint from parent club Newcastle 12 months ago.

The 23-year-old spent last season at Parkhead – keeping 24 clean sheets – for Neil Lennon's side and picking up a Scottish Cup winners' medal. Norwich have reportedly targeted goalkeeping reinforcements ahead of their top flight return, but two well worn names Dorus de Vries and Keiren Westwood have moved onto Premier League rivals Wolves and Sunderland respectively in recent days.

Suffolk-born former West Ham centre back Matthew Upson is now a free agent with online London internet portal, throwing City's name into a pot of five top flight clubs ready to offer Upson a route back to the Premier League.

The web site fails to shed any light on how Upson's sizeable Premier League wage packet would fit into City's pay structure. The darkest recesses of the internet have also linked Norwich in recent days with cheaper and much younger defensive options Ben Turner from Coventry and Portsmouth's Joel Ward.

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And what about this for a left-field link? Werder Bremen's �6m-rated Swedish striker Denni Avdic. Let's just file that in the Miroslav Klose drawer shall we.

Finally, news of another ex-Canary. Robert Earnshaw is not ruling out a return to his former club. Cardiff City, that is.

'People know how close I am to the club and its supporters,' Earnie told WalesOnline. 'I have a lot of fantastic memories at Cardiff and once I return from my holidays next week I will sit down with my agent and see what the best step forward is for me and my family, but I would not rule out rejoining Cardiff.' Is that a come and get me, plea, Malky?