Gunn faces battle to bring Lee back to Carrow Road

PUBLISHED: 10:57 22 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:17 10 September 2010

Alan Lee is wanted by City boss Bryan Gunn – but the price may prove too high for the Canaries.

Alan Lee is wanted by City boss Bryan Gunn - but the price may prove too high for the Canaries.

Bryan Gunn's hopes of bringing Alan Lee back to Norwich City have suffered a further setback after it was revealed that two Championship clubs have inquired about the Crystal Palace striker.

Bryan Gunn's hopes of bringing Alan Lee back to Norwich City have suffered a further setback after it was revealed that two Championship clubs have inquired about the Crystal Palace striker.

Lee, 30, made seven appearances and scored two goals for the Canaries in their failed bid to avoid relegation and made it clear he wanted to make his loan move to Carrow Road from London a permanent one.

But the City boss admitted earlier this week that relegation had made it more difficult, financially, to push through the move.

Crystal Palace spent £600,000 on Lee last August and will be keen to recoup some of their outlay.

Palace boss Neil Warnock was reported to be keen to do business with Gunn, with City forward Wes Hoolahan part of a potential swap deal.

However, even that could be off the agenda after Warnock revealed there were other parties interested in secruing the signature of the Irishman.

"I've received two inquiries about Alan this week, but nothing firm as of yet," said Warnock.

Despite City's relegation to League One, Lee insisted after the 4-2 defeat at Charlton on the final day of the season that he would love to stay with the Canaries.

"Alan has nailed his colours to the mast but at the moment we need to be realistic," said Gunn this week.

"If greater finance becomes available that would give us a better opportunity but it is important to realise what we are working with."

Meanwhile, Coventry have ruled out signing former City skipper Mark Fotheringham, who was released from his contract at Carrow Road before the season ended.

Sky Blues boss Chris Coleman had been linked with a move for the Scot, as well as free-scoring Scunthorpe United striker Gary Hooper.

"A lot of players we are linked with, some of them I have not even heard of if I am honest with you," said the former Fulham and Real Sociedad boss.

"Yes, I go to watch a lot of games and so do my staff, but most of the stories people will hear will be from prospective agents.

"There is no truth in Fotheringham and no truth in Hooper."

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