RUMOUR MILL: Huddersfield set to step up chase for Norwich City striker James Vaughan
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Ricky van Wolfswinkel's arrival at Norwich City merely serves to fuel speculation over possible departures for striker duo James Vaughan and Grant Holt.
Huddersfield appear set to step up their pursuit of former Terriers' loanee Vaughan ahead of the Canaries' return to pre-season training later this week after a productive extended loan spell at Mark Robins' club last season.
Vaughan and midfielder Jacob Butterfield were touted with a £2.5m double exit to Huddersfield last week but fresh reports in Yorkshire yesterday claim Butterfield is not on Robins' radar and Vaughan remains the Terriers' prized summer target - with the Terriers keen to swoop for Vaughan prior to departing for a Spanish training camp next week.
Vaughan has previously been linked with Championship rivals Derby and as a possible makeweight in attempts to land Blackburn's Martin Olsson. The former Evertonian has endured an injury-hit spell at Carrow Road which has left him well down the pecking order under Chris Hughton.
Holt has a been a popular feature in the summer transfer swirl with Premier League new boys Hull and relegated Wigan now added to a growing list that included Melbourne Heart, Crystal Palace and Celtic.
Both the Sun and the Hull Daily Mail hint Holt could be available for £2m.
A spokesman for Holt's management company scotched talk of a firm bid from Palace prior to last weekend, but the odds on a potential switch closer to his Cumbrian family base at FA Cup winners Wigan have tumbled in recent days.
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To continue the striker theme, seemingly perennial Norwich transfer target Gary Hooper could be prized away from Celtic Park for a knockdown £4.5m, according to reports north of the border.
City made firm enquiries in the previous transfer window but were rebuffed by the Bhoys. Hooper is in a similar contract countdown to Holt and both player and employer may feel now is the optimum time to cash in on a depreciating asset.
By way of a break from forwards, recently-released Stoke keeper Carlo Nash is the first name to emerge as a potential arrival following Jed Steer's exit. The experienced stopper could fill the void left by the departures of Steer and Lee Camp and with Declan Rudd earmarked for a season-long stint at League One Preston.
Finally, the Daily Mail suggest on Wednesday Chelsea look set to test Norwich's resolve to hold onto John Ruddy with an improved bid for the England international. City reportedly rebuffed an initial £5m enquiry but the Daily Mail report claims Norwich could do business at closer to £10m for a player they purchased from Everton for £400,000.