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Norwich City transfer rumours: Rangers spying mission on Graham Dorrans

PUBLISHED: 09:16 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:11 28 April 2017

Graham Dorrans was on target at Preston. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Graham Dorrans was on target at Preston. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Scottish giants Rangers are reportedly ready to offer Graham Dorrans an escape route from Carrow Road this summer.

The Scottish Sun report on Friday the boyhood Gers fan is a target for recently-appointed Ibrox boss Pedro Caixinha. Former City loan striker Jonatan Johansson is part of Caixinha’s backroom team and was at Preston on Easter Monday to watch Dorrans score in a 3-1 Championship win at Deepdale.

The 29-year-old was heavily touted with a return to Glasgow last summer before extending his Norwich contract, but according to Scottish media could be surplus to requirements despite having two years left on his existing City deal.

Graham Dorrans was reportedly watched by Rangers at Preston. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Graham Dorrans was reportedly watched by Rangers at Preston. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich’s new sporting director Stuart Webber will appoint a head coacch at the end of the season to oversee a major rebuilding job to a squad who have fallen short in the Championship promotion stakes this campaign.

Dorrans is expected to be involved in Friday’s home league game against Chris Hughton’s Brighton after an injury-hit campaign. The midfielder’s Preston appearance was only his second start since injuring his ankle at Aston Villa after a long lay-off with knee ligament damage sustained at Reading on Boxing Day.

Former Norwich coach Gary Holt is on Sligo's radar. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Former Norwich coach Gary Holt is on Sligo's radar. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Meanwhile, former Norwich player and coach Gary Holt is being touted with a return to management at League of Ireland Sligo Rovers.

The Irish Sun claim the 44-year-old, who left Alex Neil’s backroom staff last summer at Carrow Road, is on a four-man shortlist to replace Dave Robertson along with ex-Hartlepool manager Craig Hignett, former Linfield boss Warren Feeney and current Cliftonville manager Gerard Lyttle.

Holt managed Falkirk in the Scottish Championship before returning to his former club, initially as part of the Canaries’ academy set-up, prior to stepping up to work alongside Neil at first team level.

Ex-City academy defender Kyle McFadden is part of the Sligo squad, who currently sit second bottom in the Premier Division after picking up eight points from their opening nine league games.

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14 comments

  • Hola, I am in Spain and listening to Radio Norway! Is this related in any way to Norwich? There is a team near here which I would like to watch. It's in the same division as Barcelona. If I see any good player that Norwich might replace him with I'll let you know!

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    Hilary Rhona Camilla French-Reeves

    Sunday, April 23, 2017

  • Your first post was spot on Rick. To counter the lightweight tacklers but extremely creative players like Pritchard, Madison, Wes and the Murphy's, we need a real tough, all-action midfield player who can lead. Dorrans is not quite that player but he can help finance what we need.

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    waclor

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

  • hes simply not as good as he was and it would be great business to let him go. clearout required and hes one of them

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    chewy

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • Say what you like about Doris, weak, injury prone-all true. But he is one in a motley bunch who can actually pass a ball.

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    TERRY LYON

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • Hope this rumour is true , take a hit Norwich , any thing near 2-3 million would be good buisiness if the money is reinvested wisely (5 Grant Holts or 2 Hucks!!) I suspect though it's just an agent warming up for the harvest. The silly season will soon be upon us & what better place to start dangling bait than in the Sun

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    Victor Bullimore

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • No, KF. My sources tell me it's Barcelona who are sniffing about. They have needed a long term replacement for Carles Pujol for some time, and relinquishing La Liga title and getting turfed out of the CL by Juve has made the search all the more urgent. Apparently they've earmarked Russ as the ideal man for the job.

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    Rick

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • Sell him for £2million and throw in Whitaker,Turner and Andreau as well.

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    tonyb

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • "Russell Martin is being sought for urgent move to AC Milan this summer" , a source close to the Club said. This is the silly season where rumors are generated , sometimes unscrupulously by persons with a vested interest, to drum up interest in old, underperforming, future less players.

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    kenfoggo

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • Dorrans does not improve our squad (compared to the others), sell him. On the other hand, that applies to most of our squad anyways... Keep Pinto, Klose (I think he will be better with quality next to him), Dijks, Tettey, Wes and Oliveira. (Oh, and the youngsters) The rest can go...

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    Norwegian Canary

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • If Naismith cost £8 million, then we would want at least £10 million for Dorrans. He's a better player, and under contract to us.

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    john in exile in Leeds

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • Could potentially have something to offer us, but, on balance, would be pleased to get him off the wagebill to free up funds for someone tougher-tackling and less injury-prone.

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    Rick

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • The source states that Dorrans is set to be released this summer. Patently nonsense, his contract has two years to run and he clearly has a transfer value.

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    Roy

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • Certainly not a replacement for Tettey in holding midfield nor a replacement for Howson, although I really think we need two tacklers that can also pass and right now we do not have one in the first team squad. Not my kind of player and I suspect his wage bill is too high for the Championship, so selling him on would be a win, win for the board.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • May I be the first to volunteer my services in driving you to Glasgow.

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    Oh matron

    Friday, April 21, 2017

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