Rumour Mill: Norwich City had enquiry for Australian international Massimo Luongo turned down by Swindon Town

Swindon Town's Massimo Luongo (left) skips over the tackle of Chelsea's Willian during a Capital One

Swindon Town's Massimo Luongo (left) skips over the tackle of Chelsea's Willian during a Capital One Cup third round match at the County Ground, Swindon, in September 2013. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Australian international midfielder Massimo Luongo was reportedly a target for Norwich City before the summer transfer window closed.

Swindon Town's Massimo Luongo is challenged by Wolverhampton Wanderers' Scott Golbourne (right) duri

Swindon Town's Massimo Luongo is challenged by Wolverhampton Wanderers' Scott Golbourne (right) during a Sky Bet League One match at Molineux. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

The Sunday People claim Swindon Town turned down enquiries from the Canaries and Brentford because of interest from Premier League clubs.

The 21-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur trainee was a member of the Australia squad at this summer's World Cup, despite having made just one substitute appearances for the Socceroos, although he didn't play during the tournament in Brazil.

That debut appearance came during a 4-3 friendly defeat to Ecuador at Millwall's stadium, The Den, in March 2014 and was part of a breakthrough season for Luongo.

The Sydney-born midfielder had joined Ipswich Town on a season-long loan for the 2012/13 season but that deal was ended after 11 games and one goal for the Tractor Boys, as manager Mick McCarthy wanted to explore other loan options.

Swindon Town's Massimo Luongo is challenged by Wolverhampton Wanderers' Lee Evans (left) during a Sk

Swindon Town's Massimo Luongo is challenged by Wolverhampton Wanderers' Lee Evans (left) during a Sky Bet League One match at Molineux. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire. - Credit: PA


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Towards the end of that season Luongo joined Swindon on loan, playing nine games and scoring twice for the League One club. He then returned to the County Ground on loan at the start of last season and did enough to persuade Swindon to pay £400,000 to make his deal permanent.

Luongo made 53 appearances in total last season, scoring six goals, to become an integral part of Swindon's team.

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The report follows City manager Neil Adams successfully signing one of his targets from Swindon, 19-year-old midfielder Louis Thompson, on a hectic deadline day.

Thompson signed for the Canaries in a deal believed to be worth around £600,000, potentially rising to £1.3million, and has been loaned back to Swindon for the rest of the season.

With the link to Luongo now also surfacing, It seems Adams will be keeping a keen eye on the progress of the Robins this season.

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