Bees winger linked with City
Norwich City boss Bryan Gunn was today reported to have stepped up his search for a winger with a bid for Barnet's highly-rated Albert Adomah. The Canaries and Blackpool have been linked with the 21-year-old, who scored 10 goals for the Bees last season.
Norwich City boss Bryan Gunn was today reported to have stepped up his search for a winger with a bid for Barnet's highly-rated Albert Adomah.
The Canaries and Blackpool have been linked with the 21-year-old, who scored 10 goals for the Bees last season.
Adomah, Lambeth-born but of Ghanaian origin, joined Barnet from Harrow Borough 18 months ago.
He was the subject of bids from two Championship clubs last summer and the League Two club are reported to have rejected further approaches since the end of last season, with Reading, Sheffield United and Watford among other potential suitors.
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The link with Adomah comes after Preston North End boss Alan Irvine confirmed that the Canaries have inquired about winger Simon Whaley.
Whaley, 24, has been left out of the Preston squad for two friendly games against local opposition tonight. He was also left out of the squad for the friendly against Hallein FC on Saturday.
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But Irvine scotched reports of a potential swap deal involving City midfielder Darel Russell.
He said: “There has been an inquiry from Norwich about Simon but at the moment that is all we can say.
“It is something that could happen, but it is something that may not happen.
“It is simply a stand-alone deal, if there is going to be a deal. They have made an inquiry, at this moment we have not had an official offer from them.”
Meanwhile, former Leeds forward Michael Bridges and striker Chris Craig, released by Rangers, have been taken on trial by Gunn.
They have joined the Canaries on tour in Scotland, probably until the end of the week, and could be involved in tonight's game against Raith Rovers at Stark's Park (7.30pm).
Bridges, 30, once cost Leeds �5m from Sunderland and scored 21 goals during the 1999-2000 Premiership season.
But he suffered a string of serious injuries and has since played for Newcastle, Bristol City, Carlisle United, Hull City and Sydney FC in a bid to rediscover his goalscoring form.
Bridges spent last season on loan at Carlisle from Hull City, but was released by the Premier League newcomers in May after seven goals in 30 games in League One helped Carlisle avoid the drop.
Craig was a regular with Rangers reserves and under-19s but failed to earn a new contract at Ibrox. He and Bridges joined the Canaries on Sunday night and took part in training yesterday morning.
“Michael Bridges is a very experienced campaigner having played in the Premiership, Championship and League One,” said Gunn.
“He really enjoyed it this morning and it's an open-ended arrangement on both sides so we'll see how it goes over the days ahead,
“It gives us a chance to have a look at him in training and if possible matches
“Chris Craig has had a good start to his career, earning his first pro contract with Rangers. He's a diminutive striker but has high skill levels, something we've already seen one or two examples of.
“Again it's an open-ended arrangement. Hopefully we'll be in a position to make decisions on both of them by the end of the week.”