Skiverton reveals late bid for Norwich City outcast

Striker Oli Johnson missed out on a deadline day move to Yeovil Town when the League One club failed to meet Norwich City's valuation.

The 23-year-old made 17 appearances on loan to the Glovers last season, scoring three times, and manager Terry Skiverton confirmed he had tried to buy him before the transfer window closed on Wednesday.

Johnson was one of a group of players not given squad numbers because they did not figure in manager Paul Lambert's Premier League plans, but the rest have now moved on.

The termination of midfielder Stephen Hughes' contract, together with Cody McDonald's move to Coventry and Anthony McNamee's free transfer to Milton Keynes Dons, followed the summer departures of Luke Daley, Owain Tudur Jones and Steven Smith as Lambert overhauled his senior squad, which includes eight new arrivals.

Johnson scored four goals in 23 senior outings for the Canaries, but did not start a first team game last season, when he made just six appearances as a substitute.

Skiverton said: 'It was a frustrating day. I tried to sign two players but we did not get there. We went for Oli Johnson of Norwich but could not get him and the other was Conor Clifford of Chelsea as I went to watch them the other night.

'It was a little bit frustrating with them, one or two came up a little bit later, but it was not ones that I was quite looking for. I want to get ones I am after.

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'With recent injuries we have had we are definitely looking for a striker, one with a little bit of pace to get in behind and we are looking for a midfielder as well because it has taken Dominic Blizzard this long to get this far.

'We need someone ready to go right now, especially with Paul Wotton so close to suspension.

'We went down the permanent route (for Johnson) but we could not get close enough to Norwich's valuation and we missed out.'