Cork for Canaries?
Norwich City boss Glenn Roeder is reportedly tracking Chelsea starlet Jack Cork.The versatile 18-year-old has been linked with a potential Carrow Road loan switch next season after impressing in Scunthorpe's doomed Championship campaign.
Norwich City boss Glenn Roeder is reportedly tracking Chelsea starlet Jack Cork.
The versatile 18-year-old has been linked with a potential Carrow Road loan switch next season after impressing in Scunthorpe's doomed Championship campaign.
Roeder's friendship with Chelsea youth chief Frank Arnesen helped entice cultured left back Ryan Bertrand to the club in the January transfer window.
England U19 colleague Cork is now a possible target as Roeder steps up his radical summer overhaul. The City boss hinted previously he will tap into the Premiership loan market again after recruiting a clutch of the country's best young talent to help safeguard the club's Championship status this season.
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Cork turned in an eye catching display at right back against Darren Huckerby in Norwich's 1-0 Glanford Park league win in December but the talented youngster can also operate in central defence or midfield.
Scunthorpe's player-of-the-year reportedly rejected a £500,000 permanent Iron move in favour of a Stamford Bridge return this summer.
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But Chelsea's reserve team captain's senior chances appear limited at the Premiership giants and Champions League finalists. The teenager clocked up 34 league appearances in an extended Scunthorpe loan stint after earlier spells at League One Bournemouth.
"I really enjoyed it," said Cork after sweeping the board at the Iron's end of year player awards. "Clubs like this can make players into big names. It happened last year with Billy Sharp and Andy Keogh. It definitely couldn't have gone any better for me. Even when I wasn't playing I was still learning a lot mentally. And when I did get in I was ready for it. I liked it that they took a chance on players. They took a chance on me when I first came. You never know what you're going to get but luckily the manager gave me a chance and it paid off."
Meanwhile, Roeder faces a battle to keep hold of City skipper Mark Fotheringham after the out of contract Scot was linked with Championship rivals Charlton. Fotheringham postponed talks on a new Canaries deal until the club had secured their league status after publicly challenging City's board to back Roeder's squad revamp.
Roeder views Fotheringham as an integral part of his rebuilding plans but Pardew needs a long term replacement for departed midfielder Andy Reid. The Addicks' boss admitted the pressure is on after Charlton's failed promotion push.
Former City target Freddy Eastwood has been transfer listed by Wolves. Roeder's predecessor Peter Grant was a confirmed admirer of the ex-Southend striker prior to his £1.5m Molineux move. A proposed switch to Coventry collapsed in the closing days of the January transfer window.
"It's nothing personal, it's just not worked out how either I, or Freddy, would have liked," said Wolves boss Mick McCarthy. "I thought he would fit into my team but he hasn't. He's not for me and maybe I'm not for him. He wants to play and he'll do well somewhere else. "