Austrian striker on trial with Canaries

Canaries boss Glenn Roeder is running the rule over Austrian international striker Roman Kienast.The 24-year-old started last night's reserve friendly against Arsenal but lasted only 12 minutes as he was forced off the pitch through injury.

Canaries boss Glenn Roeder is running the rule over Austrian international striker Roman Kienast.

The 24-year-old started last night's reserve friendly against Arsenal but lasted only 12 minutes as he was forced off the pitch through injury.

Reports yesterday claimed Kienast, who is currently on loan to Swedish side Helsingborg from Ham-Kam in Norway, was due to spend a week with the Canaries.

Kienast, who has made nine appearances for Austria and played in this summer's European Championship, is said to be valued at somewhere between £500,000 and £1m and that Norwich have been chasing him for some time.


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“I'm hoping I'll get signed, but I'm not in a hurry,” he told a Norwegian newspaper. “I'm staying here until Friday and if there will be a transfer it will happen in January.”

At over six feet tall, Kienast could be the big man that Roeder may need at the turn of the new year, when Antoine Sibierski is due to return to Wigan on the completion of his loan spell, but the status of his trial is now in question.

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Kienast was dropped by Austria coach Karel Bruckner for tonight's international friendly against Turkey, freeing him up for this week's trip to Norfolk, although City fans in the crowd were none the wiser, with the No 9 shirt on the team sheet given as Danny Kelly, who was not even in the country.

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