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David McNally rubbishes reports of bids for Ilombe Mboyo

PUBLISHED: 16:45 03 February 2013 | UPDATED: 16:45 03 February 2013

Chief executive David McNally (left) and Norwich City assistant manager Colin Calderwood at Loftus Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Chief executive David McNally (left) and Norwich City assistant manager Colin Calderwood at Loftus Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Chief executive David McNally has rubbished reports Norwich City tried to sign convicted rapist Ilombe Mboyo during the January transfer window.

The Sunday People claimed that City failed in a bid to sign the Belgian 25-year-old KAA Gent striker, who served three years of an eight-year sentence for the gang rape of a 14-year-old girl in Brussells.

But when quizzed by a fan about the report, McNally responded: “We did not make any bid for this player in January.”

The People also suggested Norwich manager Chris Hughton will make a third attempt to sign Blackburn Rovers’ Martin Olsson in the summer.

• Norwich City youngster Declan Rudd watched from the bench as League One strugglers Preston lost 2-1 at home to Shrewsbury.

The 22-year-old will spend the rest of the season with North End to get game time, and saw a first-half lead turned on its head as Thorsten Stuckman was beaten by the Shrews’ last-minute penalty.

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