Birmingham City boss and ex-Norwich assistant manager Lee Clark insists he is under no pressure to sell reported Canary target Curtis Davies.

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City chief Chris Hughton admitted prior to departing for the club’s Austrian pre-season training camp he is a big admirer of the central defender after working with him closely at St Andrews.

Hughton declined to reveal if the Canaries had made a firm offer, but Clark has held positive talks in a bid to keep Davies in the Midlands.

“I haven’t been told by the board that Curtis has to go. Curtis hasn’t made a point to me he wants to go,” said Clark. “I have had a face-to-face meeting with Curtis, he was very positive in the meeting, he has been very receptive to the training.

“As I have said all along, we are going to get rumours because there are good players here. I haven’t got a problem with that. All I can say is I haven’t been told by the board that, if a bid comes in, we have to accept it.

“What has been said is – and this has been made public – that for any of the players it would have to be a crazy amount of money for us to consider it.

“And we have shown that when Peter Pannu (acting chairman) turned down £6m for Jack Butland.”

Hughton’s immediate priority is assessing the men already under his command, with this week’s intensive training stint at their base south-east of Graz perfect preparation for the Premier League season ahead.

“I’m very pleased with the lads so far. It’ll be a good week,” he said. “We’ve had early morning sessions, work on the pitches and away from the pitches, and we’ll look to vary it over the week.

“It’s a good environment for them to work. What you want is for them to be fairly secluded, which they are, we’re away from it all. At this time of the year you are perhaps not going to get the quality of pitches we are used to back home right now because they have been used a lot, but the surface here has been great.

“The hope is that we come through this week with no slight injuries, but if there are any, then they are the type of ones that you miss perhaps just a day’s training.”

New summer signing Jacob Butterfield has also travelled with the squad to Austria as he steps up his injury return from a knee problem. Hughton told the club’s official site the former Barnsley midfielder will benefit from the trip.

“It’s vitally important to get away,” he said. “That is why we brought Jacob with us because with the work he is doing he is not able to join in with everything the rest of the lads are doing.

“We could have left him at home, but he is better here. We have two of our physios, our masseur and all the medical staff over here so it is one where he can do all the work he needs and certain aspects where he can join in with the rest of the lads, which is a plus for him.”

23 comments

  • It just goes to show you the gap between premier league clubs when norwich are fighting with a yo yo club like small heath for Davies whom we originally sold to them. Although Davies is a good player he did not make it at Aston Villa. Snodgrass also good player but it looks like norwich can't make a serious financial offer. I have some empathy for Leeds though at least they have past achievements.

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    Rotterdam 1982

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Ethered. Largely agree, presh.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Presh55 I agree we've got plenty of players that already do what snoddgras does. Deffence is what we need to work on so let's see some confirmation of a bid and more defenders "linked" with city! OTBC let's be avin you!

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    city till i die

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Who's Lambert?

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Defence is an area where we did seem to have some weakness last season but I would say more from not having a settled one. If we can get the lads fit and stay fit and they can bond it may be that the present squad will cope, but no harm in having some back-up. Agree with Canarygirl we do not know what was offered and it is probably greed, smaller clubs expecting the big boys to pay over the odds. Just part of life's rich tapestry that is closed season transfer market. OTBC

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    Singapore Canary

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Either they're very keen to hold onto their talent or they're trying to push the price up. Or maybe both. Not the end of the world for Norwich anyway: Would be nice to have, but not going to lose sleep over it. We've still got the squad, pretty much, that delivered us a mid table finish last year.

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    Adam Penny

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • I'm not so sure I agree with Bexy Boy. As we don't know what has been offered for Snodgrass how can we say it isn't reasonable. I'm more inclined to think that Leeds have grossly overpriced Snodgrass and what might be a reasonable offer from us has been mocked. At the end of the day greed doesn't always win.

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    Canarygirl

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Find this whole thing a bit rich judging by the fact Clark wouldn't even have a career in management if we hadn't released him for free from his contract to allow him to takeover at Huddlesfield... don't expect him to give us players on the cheap or whatever but he could treat us with a tad more respect in the media

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    Ed Fellows

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Can't for the life of me understand why Villa fans still visit this site. I am supposing something similar to murderers revisiting the scene of their crime. Anyway, doesn't 1982 seem a long time ago? Perhaps rename yourself Intertoto 2001 for more up to date relevance? Grandad's medals syndrome

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • And in a brief period when football, contention and litigation have been in short supply, too. Geezer!

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Get in ! Got my 1st ever ethering for reason: offensive. Every other time it's been reason other. A completely playful remark about Brewer's ethnic roots + certainly not offensive !

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • As we`ve heard nothing from the Carremlin, it may all be hot air. We are dealing with Colin, after all! I agree with you presh55. as good as Snoddy may be, is that a priority area to strengthen? Tbh, I`m not even sure about centre back; we have 5 including R. Martin but he may be 1st choice @ RB now Naughton`s gone (?). And maybe Barnett will move on? Ayala yet to establish himself. It`s all too complicated! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Dam Ethered. Intertoto 2001, I think you'll find the majority of City fans are over Lambert now. I suppose we will all watch with interest how he gets on trying to turn Villa back in to a mid table Premier side though.

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • I can just see Lee Clark with his fingers in his ears repeating La La La La

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Priority signing for me. Over Snoddgrass, for the life of me can't see who we would drop to fit Snoddgrass in.

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    presh55

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Whitbread's replacement is becoming difficult to find.Chris Gunter was snapped up by Reading from Forest so I read too.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Do I detect a note of panic from Lee Clark here ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • This story is doing more cycling than the team are in Austria.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • maybe if we made reasonable bids for Davies and Snodgrass they may be on their way here for interviews

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    bexy boy

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Btw, Timbo, may I cease calling you "Polly Perfect" now? Compared with you, I am an old lag. A recidivist, libellous, offensive, duplicitous "other". Not a gentileman, like you. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • But HAVE we made a bid? Nobody`s saying anything at The Carremlin.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • BTW, You`re a real Polly Perfect Timbo! I`ve had the whole range inc `libel` and an impressive string of `offensives` recently, all retro-applied. Probably down to my satirical remarks about Journos. I`m really flattered that you offended me and grateful for the protection afforded me by the Thought Police @ the Woolpack, however inappropriate it was. I`m not even offended by that. That`s magnanimous already!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • I was only saying to the Rabbi this morning, there`s no way my old Lancs-based left-footer Timbo could offend me already! Am I on the right track, here? Oy vey Maria. ;-) On footy, I agree with Singapore, we have a number of CBs on the books, all Lambo recruits, ie quite recent. With young talent like Ayala and R. Bennett, older hands like Barnett and Titch Ward plus the ever calm & reliable Kafu McMartin, it doesn`t look too bad, does it? Since Barney hardly gets a game these days, how about a part-exchange for Curtis Davies? I liked Barney but like all the others (bar Kafu?) he made his share of errors......

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

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