Canaries plan double swoop
David Cuffley Manager Glenn Roeder is still hoping to have new faces on board before Norwich City's two tour matches in Sweden - and reports claim he has made a successful double raid on Fulham.
Manager Glenn Roeder is still hoping to have new faces on board before Norwich City's two tour matches in Sweden - and reports claim he has made a successful double raid on Fulham.
Defenders Dejan Stefanovic and Elliot Omozusi are both reported to be heading for Carrow Road from Craven Cottage.
As previously reported in the Evening News, City have made inquiries about Serbian centre-half Stefanovic, according to his agent, Phil Smith, of the First Artist Corporation.
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The 33-year-old former Serbia & Montenegro international is halfway through a two-year contract with the Premier League club after a £1m move from Portsmouth last summer.
City are reported to have agreed an undisclosed fee for the signing of Stefanovic, while youth team product Omozusi, 19, a right-back, is said to be discussing a loan switch.
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Roeder was giving nothing away about his transfer targets last night and claimed no knowledge of reports that the Canaries had made a definite bid for Fiorentina striker Arturo Lupoli.
But he predicted “a busy couple of days” before they take on Ahlafors IF on Saturday and Falkenbergs FF on Tuesday during their Scandinavian trip.
After last night's 8-1 victory at Gorleston in his side's first public pre-season friendly - in which he fielded a triallist, former Leyton Orient goalkeeper Stuart Nelson, for 45 minutes - the City boss sounded optimistic about speeding up his recruitment drive, possibly ahead of the tour matches.
He said: “I'm pretty confident. You guys seem to know before I know when they're coming in, so I should be asking you.
“I think it will be a busy couple of days and it will continue right up to the last week before the season starts when we go to Coventry.”
But he is clearly frustrated by the snail's pace at which many of his would-be transfer deals are progressing.
“It has been very slow going, I have to say,” he said. “Some of the transfers that will happen in the next week or so have been ongoing for five or six weeks - quite ridiculous, really, but it's the nature of the business now.
“I want them in for pre-season. We've got a new fitness regime, a new way of getting players fit and the players are responding well to that. Players I'm bringing in I don't want to be at their current clubs any longer than they have to be, because I want them to work to our regime of physical fitness."
Nelson, who replaced David Marshall at half-time at Emerald Park, has impressed enough to get his ticket to Sweden.
Said Roeder: “Anyone who comes in, I look at seriously. I don't take anyone lightly if I ask them to come in for a trial. I take it very seriously so yes, we're having a look at him. He's not done himself any harm in training.
"He's a decent man, which is always important to me - the character of a person - but he was no more than a spectator tonight, which I would have expected.”
Nelson, released “by mutual consent” by Orient in May, spent more than three years with Brentford, keeping 21 clean sheets in 2004-05, before moving to Brisbane Road last summer.