Rumour mill - Price is still rising for Leeds’ Snodgrass

If Norwich City want to bag one of their reported summer targets, it is going to cost them a pretty penny.

The name of Leeds United winger Robert Snodgrass has refused to go away since the Canaries' promotion to the Premier League was confirmed – in much the same way as the player's reported value has refused to stop going up.

Speculation last month suggested City had a bid of �3.5m turned down by the Yorkshire club, while an asking price of around �5m was then touted.

And yesterday The Sunday Times said that while Norwich had made two bids for the Scotland international, they failed to reach even half of the new, �8m price tag placed on the winger's shoulders.

It's obviously a lot of money Leeds want – or to put it another way, more than five Elliott Bennetts.

A name that saw yet another mention was Tottenham midfielder David Bentley, apparently still a City target ahead of the new season on a potential loan deal – at least that's what the Daily Star suggests. Whether it comes from new information or because the rumour mill has turned full circle, who knows?… One thing the Star does suggest is Harry may prefer to sell the former Arsenal man to free up some budget – after all, he has Luka Modric to try and keep happy.

A new player to the party is Ricardo Gardner – although only as someone City are said to be missing out on.

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The blissfully exotic Jamaica Observer – as well as the rather more ordinary Bolton News – reckon the long-serving Bolton star has rejected Norwich, an offer from the USA and the chance to rejoin former Wanderers boss Sam Allardyce at West Ham. Instead, Gardner will take a pay cut to sign a new one-year deal and stay at Bolton for family reasons. The 32-year-old's representative Phil Graham said: 'He didn't particularly want to relocate, and his family certainly didn't want to relocate.

'He loves the club and the town, and wants to see his career out at Bolton, and more importantly in the Premier League.'

Lastly, a former Canary. Apparently Craig Bellamy is 'pleading' for a free transfer out of Manchester City.

Bellamy spent last season on loan at Cardiff, who reportedly paid half Bellamy's �90,000-per-week wages. Premier League sides want him, while Cardiff may be priced out of a move.

But new Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay, who played alongside Bellamy at Carrow Road admitted his interest: 'In this division he's an X-factor player,' he said.

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