Rumour Mill: Hull striker Dame N’Doye and Rochdale youngster James Hooper attract interest from Norwich City
PUBLISHED: 13:08 22 June 2015 | UPDATED: 13:08 22 June 2015
Senegal international Dame N’Doye is the latest player to be linked with Norwich City ahead of the new Premier League campaign.
N’Doye signed for Hull City for a reported fee of around £3million in January but his five goals in 15 games were not enough to prevent the Tigers slipping to relegation into the Championship.
The Sunday Sun newspaper report that City, West Brom and West Ham would all be interested in signing the 30-year-old former Lokomotiv Moscow front-man – but are baulking at his £70,000 weekly wages.
While N’Doye’s link remains speculative, City are expected to confirm the free transfer of former West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu in the coming days.
The 28-year-old ‘favourited’ a story about his Norwich transfer on Twitter, leading many to conclude the deal is done.
Another player linked with the Canaries, likely to be one viewed as a future prospect, is Rochdale striker James Hooper.
The 18-year-old is yet to make a first-team appearance for the League One club but the Sunday People claim City have asked Dale for permission to discuss personal terms with Hooper.
The youngster scored 23 goals for the Greater Manchester club’s youth team last season and won the youth team player of the season trophy.
An unlikely looking transfer rumour involving the Canaries to surface over the weekend involves Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy.
The tall centre-forward scored 27 goals to finish as the Championship’s top scorer last season, which the Daily Star Sunday claim has attracted Leicester, West Brom and City.
That link would seem dubious though as the Tractor Boys are extremely unlikely to be interested in selling the Republic of Ireland international to their arch rivals, even if Alex Neil was interested in signing a 32-year-old striker.
One recent piece of transfer speculation which does look increasingly likely to have some substance is City signing Tottenham Hotspur full-back DeAndre Yedlin on loan.
The possibility of the speedy USA international joining the Canaries has increased after Spurs sealed the transfer of Burnley right-back Kieran Trippier for around £3.5m.
Sky Sports are now reporting that Spurs will loan Yedlin to a Premier League club this season, saying: “The destination of the loan is as yet unknown, but the 21-year-old American right-back will be playing away from White Hart Lane for at least some of the 2015/16 season.”
The Daily Express report that City face competition from Swansea, Tottenham, Sunderland and Southampton for the signature of Celtic centre-back Virgil van Dijk.
Reports in Scotland at the weekend suggested the Canaries wanted to sign the 23-year-old for £8m.
Real Sociedad striker Alfred Finnbogason – another player linked with City this summer – has been the subject of an enquiry from Championship side Bolton, according to Spanish media reports.
The Spanish club’s manager, former Manchester United boss David Moyes, reportedly wants the 26-year-old to gain experience on loan this season.