Doherty left waiting

PUBLISHED: 12:21 01 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:37 10 September 2010

It's back to business for Glenn Roeder today as Norwich City players return for pre-season training - but there are question marks over just who will be there and who won't.

By CHRIS LAKEY

It's back to business for Glenn Roeder today as Norwich City players return for pre-season training - but there are question marks over just who will be there and who won't.

Gary Doherty's contract ran out at midnight last night, with no news from either player or club officials over whether the central defender will pull on the yellow and green shirt this season.

The Republic of Ireland international was linked with a move to America in the summer - and if he's a no show today then it would appear his City career is over.

Roeder is expected to introduce two new signings - Wes Hoolahan and Sammy Clingan - to his squad, but is still awaiting an answer from Rangers' midfielder Alan Gow.

Gow was in Norwich for talks last Wednesday but asked for time to think over the move. But it is understood that Gow is keen to move to Norwich and that it simply a case of tying up some loose ends and completing the formalities of a medical.

“We were in Norwich last week and Alan was impressed with the manager and the set-up,” said Gow's agent, Phil McTaggart. “We waited until after the weekend to sort a few things out and we're now waiting to hear from Norwich, but we are looking to take things forward.”

Should Gow have a change of heart, then Motherwell boss Mark McGhee is waiting in the wings.

“If Alan has turned down the chance to join Norwich I'm definitely interested in getting him from Motherwell,” said McGhee.

“I've spoken to Walter Smith about the player before now and I'll be speaking to him again.”

McGhee's problem would be in persuading Gow - who turned down a move to Burnley after failing to agree terms - to take a hefty pay cut.

Burnley's participation in the transfer market has often overlapped Norwich's, but Clarets boss Owen Coyle has been casting his eyes in City's direction, with midfielder Darel Russell reportedly a target - with the rumours surfacing yet again yesterday when Coyle saying his recent buying spree was not over.

Former Norwich target Martin Paterson, Kevin McDonald, Christian Kalvenes and Diego Penny all moved to Turf Moor last week.

“I haven't stopped there,” said Coyle. “There are other players out there who I'd like to come to the football club.

“I'm still looking for another defender, midfielder and striker. But they have to be the right player. I've said it before, I won't be bringing anyone in for the sake of it.”

Meanwhile, QPR are showing an interest in Ched Evans, who was such a big hit when on loan at Carrow Road last season, and Premier League newcomers Hull City are keen on left back Ryan Bertrand, equally successful after Roeder brought him in from Chelsea.

Roeder has never hidden his admiration of Bertrand and would put up a strong case for another spell in Norfolk, while he is reportedly also keen on Manchester United's young striker Fabian Brandy, who was on loan at Swansea last season.

The City boss has lost Dion Dublin and is looking for more height up front, although Colchester's Clive Platt says it won't be him.

The 30-year-old has been linked with Norwich and Sheffield United but says he is perfectly happy at Layer Road - although he didn't completely rule out a move.

“I've heard absolutely nothing about that,” he said “And nothing like that has been said to me by my agent or Colchester United.

“I still have another two years left on my contract and I'm perfectly happy where I am.

“At the end of the day if something is put in front of you and it is going to benefit you then I would obviously want to take a good look at it. But as far as I am concerned I'm ready to get going again and kick off the new season in the new stadium.”

Wigan striker Antoine Sibierski is available on a free transfer, but although Roeder signed him for Newcastle, Hull's interest and the players' financial demands would appear to make a move to Carrow Road unlikely.

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