Davenport deal on the cards?
PUBLISHED: 09:27 30 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:10 14 September 2010
With transfer deadline day fast approaching Norwich City have been linked with a fresh move for Tottenham defender Calum Davenport. The 6ft 4in centre half has been confined to the reserves since the completion of a successful three-month loan spell with the Canaries and is believed to be desperate for a chance of regular first team football.
With transfer deadline day fast approaching Norwich City have been linked with a fresh move for Tottenham defender Calum Davenport.
The 6ft 4in centre half has been confined to the reserves since the completion of a successful three-month loan spell with the Canaries and is believed to be desperate for a chance of regular first team football.
City manager Nigel Worthington now has money to spend following the £7.25m sale of Dean Ashton to West Ham and it would take a good deal less than half of that sum to complete a deal with Spurs.
According to the News of the World, City's Championship rivals Leeds are also interested in Davenport, who made 16 generally impressive appearances for City before heading back to White Hart Lane after the 2-1 victory at Crewe on December 10.
Tottenham manager Martin Jol is thought to be reluctant to sanction a full-time move for the England Under-21 star, but might well be willing to let him out on loan again - and a swift return to Carrow Road wouldn't be the biggest surprise of all time.
In keeping with their oft-stated policy of secrecy in such matters there was no word from the Canaries on any transfer activity last night - but the club will have to reveal their hand soon if any new player is to be available for tomorrow night's trip to Reading.
Another possible target was revealed at the weekend, with the Sunday People suggesting the Canaries were hot on the trail of Charlton striker Jonatan Johansson, a player who has been linked with a move to Norfolk in the past.
The paper claimed that Sunderland, Wolves and Italian Serie A side Treviso were also in the hunt for the player's signature.
The Finnish international is currently languishing in the reserves at the Valley, with little prospect of a first-team call up, and Alan Curbishley has advised him to sort out a loan deal, along with fellow frontmen Francis Jeffers and one-time Norwich loanee Kevin Lisbie.
"For a variety of reasons they haven't been playing regularly, so it's time to see if they can get a loan move and get back in the swing of things," said the Addicks' boss.
City have been linked with other players during the January transfer window, with manager Nigel Worthington confirming he is an admirer of strikers Cameron Jerome (Cardiff), Gary McSheffrey (Coventry) and Robert Earnshaw (West Bromwich Albion) and right-sided utility player Greg Halford of Colchester.
The Canaries have refused to comment on reports that they have made big money bids for both Jerome and Halford, but all will become clear over the next 48 hours.
Cardiff's sky-high asking price of £3.5m is likely to put any move for Jerome on ice, while Colchester's continued progress in both League One and the FA Cup could yet stymie a move for Halford.
McSheffrey remains something of a long-shot, as does Earnshaw, although Worthington seemed unwilling to let the matter drop at the weekend after revealing to the EDP on Friday that a rumoured asking price of £3m was out of his range.
“We can't afford the price that West Brom are asking, it's as simple as that,” said the City boss. “They would have to drop the price for anything positive to happen on that.”
Of course there's always the chance that Worthington might decide against paying a inflated January fee for a player, and opt instead to strengthen his squad through more loan deals.
If he decided to go down that route then he would have no deadline to worry about, with Football League clubs able to bring in fresh talent on a temporary basis right through to the middle of March.
To bring in reinforcements on a permanent basis Worthington must act before midnight tomorrow. But he is unlikely to want the distraction of completing a deal on the day of a match so, to all intents and purposes, today is d-day for the Canaries.