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Norwich have reignited their interest in Dynamo Kiev striker Dieumerci Mbokani after the club slashed their initial valuation…

We know Norwich boss Alex Neil likes a bargain. The haggling over the price of Robbie Brady dragged on for weeks – although Norwich paid Hull’s £7 million valuation in the end. But Neil has his poker face on again, trying to secure the services of DR Congo international striker Dieumerci Mbokani. Norwich lodged an opening bid of £4.3m, which Dynamo Kiev dismissed valuing the 29-year-old at £8.5m. At that point the deal seemed dead, with Alex Neil picking up his chips and leaving the table. But Kiev chief Sergei Rebrov has since dropped the price to £6m, suggesting an agreement can be reached. Mbokani scored 13 goals in his first season with Kiev, following his £7.7m transfer from Anderlecht. But failed to hold down a first team spot last season and is keen to try his luck in the Premier League.
Source: Daily Star
Aug 4 - 4:45 AM

Norwich City used goals from Wes Hoolahan and Cameron Jerome to defeat Championship side Brentford, 2-1, but the bigger story is that Youssouf Mulumbu made an early exit with an injury.

No details on the severity or even the exact location of the injury for Mulumbu, but it appeared to be an ankle issue. It happened with just ten minutes remaining in the contest. It would be a major blow to the Canaries should one of their key summer signings need to miss any time. Robbie Brady made his first start for his new club and the XI looked pretty close to what we should expect to see next weekend. The biggest question mark is at striker, where Lewis Grabban started today and through most of a productive preseason while Cameron Jerome, thought to be the preferred option has been working his way in gradually from an injury layoff. Perhaps Grabban has earned a Week 1 start, but with Jerome scoring in a substitute role today, expect the latter to reclaim the job relatively soon.

Norwich manager Alex Neil leaves a string of big-hitters on the bench for the final friendly before the business gets under way for real…

Several expected first choice starters were left out for the final friendly v Brentford. The Championship side who only narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League themselves, will provide solid opposition in the final tune up for the real business gets underway. But new loan signing from Liverpool Andre Wisdom was left on the bench with last season’s star performers Cameron Jerome, Alex Tettey and Nathan Redmond. Strikers Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper were left out completely. New signing Robbie Brady starts at left-back in a 4-4-1-1 formation with Wes Hoolahan in the ‘number 10’ role behind lone striker Lewis Grabban.
Aug 1 - 10:13 AM

Andre Wisdom has joined Norwich on a season-long loan from Liverpool.

Wisdom recently signed a new long-term deal with Liverpool but the club have decided to send him on loan to Norwich so he can gain valuable Premier League experience. Liverpool see Wisdom as part of their future but have put an emphasis on getting him experience at age 22. Wisdom has 24 appearances at West Brom last season and will look to improve on that number at Norwich.
Source: Liverpool FC
Jul 29 - 2:54 PM

Norwich boss Alex Neil is stepping up his search for a striker, making an approach for Italian club Cesena’s Gregoire Defrel…

Following the successful signing of Robbie Brady – YES! It’s done! Possibly the most drawn-out negotiations in the history of professional football, has ended in a £7m fee and three-year deal for the former Hull winger. Norwich are now on the lookout for a striker, with Frenchman Gregoire Defrel taking the eye. The 24-year-old hitman was score nine goals in Serie A last season despite his team Cesena going down. So far Bologna, Palermo and Sassuolo (no, me neither) has placed bids – thought to be around £5m – but according to reports in Italy, Norwich now head the queue. Southampton and Everton are keeping tabs on the situation but Norwich’s need is arguably greater, with PL flops Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Gary Hooper and the untried Lewis Grabban their only alternative to Cameron Jerome.
Source: Talksport
Jul 29 - 11:17 AM

Norwich are on the verge of securing their second signing of the summer after agreeing a season-long loan move for Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom…

Just like London buses, you wait for ages for one and then two come along all at once… After the protracted Robbie Brady transfer from Hull was finally completed, Norwich fans have been treated with a follow up just a few days later. Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom will spend next on loan at Carrow Road, adding center-back and right back options to Norwich boss Alex Neil. It is perhaps Wisdom’s versatility/ failure to nail down one position (choose one) that has slowed his progress at Liverpool. Despite a successful spell on loan at West Brom last season and a new four-year deal in the summer, Wisdom is still not part of Brendan Rodgers plans.
Jul 28 - 10:17 AM

Norwich City were down 1-0 with under fifteen minutes to play but finally found some attacking moxie and scored twice late to defeat German club Augsburg, 1-2.

Perhaps it was those third kits on display today, but Norwich were looking sluggish for the better part of the match in wet conditions. Youssouf Mulumbu turned hero late though, scoring to level things in the 77th minute, then providing the through ball to Lewis Grabban in the 89th as Grabban was able to beat the keeper on a 1 v 1. Grabban has some relevance in fantasy heading into this season, as he is priced at the minimum 4.5 for a forward in fpl and probably has the best chance of those priced similarly to actually earn regular playing time. The striker options are thin for Norwich and they need to roll with whomever has the hottest hand.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 25 - 10:23 AM

Norwich City manager Alex Neil is hoping the foot injury which forced Cameron Jerome off against Cambridge last week will not keep his striker out for too long.

Jerome missed the 1-nil defeat to Maccabi Haifa on Monday as the striker watched from the sidelines in a protective cast having suffered the injury just days before. Although the full extent of the issue is not yet known – currently being assessed - the Canaries remain optimistic that the problem is not too serious and the brace is only a precautionary measure. Jerome has been excellent during the close season grabbing a number of goals and his availability – around £5 million – for last seasons’ top goalscorer [20] represents excellent value for a side with a decent set of opening fixtures. Martin Olsson is not expected to make GW1 – shoulder – while Kyle Lafferty is currently receiving treatment on a knee problem, otherwise the squad is looking in pretty good shape.
Jul 23 - 11:20 AM

Premier League new boys are making a bigger stir with their new kit than they are with new signings ahead of the new season…

It must be a source of some frustration for Norwich boss Alex Neil and fans alike that the biggest noise they have so far made this summer is about their new kit. So far just Youssouf Mulumbu and Graham Dorrens have been added to the first-team pool, with offers for strikers Patrick Bamford, Rickie Lambert and center-back Chancel Mbemba all proving fruitless. The protracted deal to prize winger Robbie Brady away from Hull also seems to have stalled over the fee. The outlook hasn’t improved with the launch of their new kit. The traditional yellow and green home shirt attracted criticism for its half and half design. The green with yellow trim away kit was called ‘garish’. And the new yellow and green hooped third kit is a shocker (yes, that’s right, all three kits are yellow and green). Surely this isn’t going to help their recruitment process…
Source: The Mirror
Jul 21 - 5:33 AM

Norwich City came up flat in attack this evening in Austria, where they lost a pre-season friendly to Maccabi Haifa, 1-0.

It was the first loss of the preseason for the Canaries, after winning the fist three tilts by a combined score of 20-1. Clearly, the Israeli side this evening provided the first real test. Nathan Redmond made his first appearance for the senior team after getting some rest for his U-21 duties but his influence did not help create too many chances and Norwich were left goalless despite putting out a side full of projected starters in the front six. A lack of goals is what hurt them most the last time they were in the top flight. They really need to sign another offensive threat before the summer window shuts.
Source: My Informs
Jul 20 - 3:11 PM

Norwich boss Alex Neil has backed 20-year-old Louis Thompson to be a Premier League star next season…

Norwich have been frustrated in the transfer market this summer. A gripe over price has held up (perhaps permanently) a move for Hull winger Robbie Brady. And attempts to bring in high profile loan players, including Chelsea’s Patrick Bamford have proved troublesome. Manager Alex Neil has expressed his disappointment at the lack of new faces, citing ‘other teams’ as the reason. But is confident the Canaries have enough quality in-house to challenge in the PL. One homegrown talent that is tipped for a big season is Louis Thompson. The 20-year-old midfielder joined the club in January before being loaned back to Swindon. But since returning has impressed and featured in all the pre-season matches. Neil said: ‘He is a young lad who is hungry and did very well last season. He is a good, combative player [and] there is no question he has quality.’ Thompson will challenge Alex Tettey and new boy Youssouf Mulumbu for a first-team spot.
Source: edp24.co.uk
Jul 17 - 4:52 AM

Norwich are the latest Premier League team to be linked with a move to for Chelsea starlet Patrick Bamford…

The highly 20-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance for Chelsea but is attracting PL admirers after impressive loan spells at MK Dons, Derby County and Middlesbrough. Norwich boss Alex Neil is reported to be keen on securing Bamford on a season-long loan as they look to bolster their attacking options ahead of the new season. This could push striker Gary Hooper closer to the exit door. The 27-year-old former Scunthorpe and Celtic striker started just 16 matches last season – although contributed an excellent 12 goals. But played second fiddle to Cameron Jerome and Lewis Grabban and would be pushed further down the pecking order if the proposed move for Bamford comes to fruition.
Jul 16 - 7:56 AM

Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is close to a return to Sporting Lisbon in a deal worth £3.8 million…

After the disappointing news that winger Robbie Brady will not be arriving (yet, anyway) because Hull are asking for too much money. Norwich fans will be cheered by the news that their misfiring front man Ricky van Wolfswinkel is going. Reports in Holland suggest he is on the brink of rejoining Sporting Lisbon for a fee in the region on £3.8 million. His record of 54 goals in 119 matches persuaded Norwich to pay a club record £8.5m in 2013, with fans hoping the Dutch International would be another van Basten or a van Nistelrooy. But after a goal scoring debut, he quickly looked more like a van driver – failing to hit the net in his following 24 appearances. He spent last season on loan at St-Etienne, scoring five times (in 24 matches) but not enough to earn a permanent deal. Or another stab at the PL with Norwich.
Source: itv.com
Jul 6 - 12:55 PM

Graham Dorrans has signed a two year contract with Norwich City, transferring from West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed fee.

Dorrans joined the Canaries on loan last winter and enjoyed success - playing regularly as he helped the club gain promotion in the second half of the season. He figures to be in the mix as a regular for the upcoming campaign as his top flight experience is as established as anyone on the roster.
Source: Herald
Jul 4 - 11:26 AM

Norwich City manager Alex Neil remains hopeful that left-back Martin Olsson will be ready for the new season after undergoing surgery in May to remedy a persistent shoulder problem.

Olsson has established himself as a first team regular since moving from Blackburn Rovers for $4.5 million 2 years ago and started all but three in the league last season [suspended in August following a push on a referee] and was pivotal in helping the Canaries maintain one of the best defensive records in the division. Olsson also chipped in with a goal plus 5-assists to accompany his 13 clean sheets and the Sweden international could be worth some serious consideration for those looking for a bargain. Norwich entertain Crystal Palace at home in the opener and have a favourable set of fixtures to follow including the likes of Sunderland, Stoke and AFC Bournemouth.
Jul 3 - 4:32 PM


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