Clubs wait to pounce on Canaries' want-away stars

David Cuffley Norwich City appear resigned to losing midfielder Sammy Clingan - with Sheffield Wednesday the latest club believed to have registered an interest in the Northern Ireland international.

David Cuffley

Norwich City appear resigned to losing midfielder Sammy Clingan - with Sheffield Wednesday the latest club believed to have registered an interest in the Northern Ireland international.

The 25-year-old is already a target for Coventry City, with the Canaries reported to be considering a part exchange deal that would bring �1m plus striker Robbie Simpson to Carrow Road.

But Huddersfield, managed by former Norwich assistant boss Lee Clark, have made a �500,000 offer for Simpson which could jeopardise that deal and open the door for other bidders.


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The Owls and Cardiff are among the clubs linked with Clingan, who has one year of his Carrow Road contract to run, and assistant manager Ian Butterworth admitted yesterday there had been no shortage of calls about the former Nottingham Forest man, who talked over his future with manager Bryan Gunn after City were relegated from the Championship.

Said Butterworth: "I think Sammy's an excellent player and he could play at a higher level.

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"Bryan had a chat with players at the end of the season and wanted to know how their feelings were towards Norwich City, so those conversations are private between the manager and the player. But we have had a lot of interest in Sammy and one or two other players. We'll have to see what is the best thing for Norwich City and take it from there.

"You like to think you'll be able to keep Sammy Clingan but if he expresses his wishes to play elsewhere, what do you do? You try to help him on his way and get the best deal for Norwich City."

Butterworth is confident at least one more new signing will be made by the end of the week after the capture of midfield pair Matthew Gill and Owain Tudur Jones. He said: "There are things happening as we speak now so let's hope there may be one or two more signings towards the end of the week.

"We've had a list of players and we're looking to try to strengthen the squad. There will be one or two going out but we'll come to that when that arises. But we need to build up a strong, competitive squad. We need to get them as quickly as possible but it doesn't really happen like that.

"You have them on your wish list and by the time we get them to sign, there's a lot of work been done in between. So we're working hard and I hope there will be another addition."

Hartlepool defender Michael Nelson is one potential recruit after rejecting a new deal, while Birmingham goalkeeper Colin Doyle could arrive on a season-long loan, putting a question mark over the future of last season's reserve 'keeper, Stuart Nelson, out of contract at the end of the month.

Midfielder Simon Lappin is still considering a new contract.

"Simon has been offered a deal. We're just waiting for him to give the OK," said Butterworth.

"When I came in February, I liked Simon. I like Simon's attitude and I'm sure we want him on board next season."

Meanwhile, full-back Adam Drury is continuing his fitness work after a knee operation.

"Adam's coming on OK. He's been training the last couple of weeks and he's been in today," said Butterworth.

"But that doesn't surprise you because he's a model professional and a good player and we will welcome him back to full fitness."

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