City must wait on Evans

David Cuffley City boss Glenn Roeder is still waiting for a decision on whether he can extend the loan of Manchester City striker Ched Evans.Roeder revealed after Saturday's FA Cup tie against Bury that he expects to find out tomorrow whether he can re-sign the 19-year-old for the rest of the season.

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City boss Glenn Roeder is still waiting for a decision on whether he can extend the loan of Manchester City striker Ched Evans.

Roeder revealed after Saturday's FA Cup tie against Bury that he expects to find out tomorrow whether he can re-sign the 19-year-old for the rest of the season.

“It'll be Tuesday afternoon,” he said, when asked if Sven Goran Eriksson had given him an answer on Evans, who scored twice in nine appearances during his loan spell.


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Eriksson was today said to be keen to further bolster his strike force with the signing of £14m-rated Brazilian Alfonso Alves from Dutch club Heerenveen, which could push Wales Under-21 international Evans further down the pecking order.

One man who could be on his way out of Carrow Road is striker Chris Brown, now reported to be a target for fellow strugglers Preston North End.

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Brown, 23, was not included in Saturday's squad for the Bury game after being on the bench for the previous two matches. He has made just four appearances as a substitute since Roeder took charge and has one goal in 24 outings for City since arriving from Sunderland in a £325,000 deal last January.

Roeder admitted last week that there had been interest in Brown before the current transfer window opened - with Doncaster Rovers mentioned in reports last week.

Roeder is expecting a busy month of arrivals and departures, with goalkeeper Joe Lewis thinking over a £400,000 move to Peterborough and defender Ian Murray yesterday linked with a move to League One side Brighton, although Falkirk have expressed an interest in taking him back to Scotland.

Roeder has again been linked with Hartlepool's £500,000-rated James Brown. The 21-year-old has scored six goals for the League One side this season and has attracted the interest of a number of Championship clubs, although Roeder does have an advantage -coach Paul Stephenson mentored the youngster at Hartlepool before coming to Norwich last month.

Reports on the internet yesterday linked City with a bid of one million euros for Bulgarian defender Valentin Iliev, who plays for CSKA Sofia.

Cardiff left-winger Paul Parry, who would cost around £700,000, and Plymouth midfielder David Norris have also been named as possible City targets, with Ipswich reported to have had a £1m bid for Norris turned down last week.

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