Feeney linked with Norwich City switch
Bryan Gunn is tracking Northern Ireland striker Warren Feeney as he looks to add to his striker options at Carrow Road. Although Glasgow Rangers have been linked with the Cardiff player, reports yesterday claimed that City, Charlton and Huddersfield have also thrown their hats into the ring.
Bryan Gunn is tracking Northern Ireland striker Warren Feeney as he looks to add to his striker options at Carrow Road.
Although Glasgow Rangers have been linked with the Cardiff player, reports yesterday claimed that City, Charlton and Huddersfield have also thrown their hats into the ring.
Feeney, 29, is expected to leave Ninian Park this summer, having spent the last season on loan at SPL side Dundee United. The Northern Ireland international - who hit a purple patch with three goals in the last four matches of the season - has a year remaining on his contract, but has options in England, Scotland and from a Spanish club.
“I'm at my peak now and the next move for me will be my last big move,” Feeney said. “The deal won't be about the money, it will be about the security. We are due back next week for pre-season. At the moment I'm not sure of the gaffer's plans for me, but my agent tells me of interest in Scotland and England.
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“If a deal is offered from Cardiff or elsewhere and gives me the kind of security I'm looking for then that will do me. I can then concentrate on doing my utmost for whichever club it is and also try to get Northern Ireland to next year's World Cup.”
Gunn has added three players to his squad - two midfielders and a central defender - and is in the market for a striker. He's been linked with Derby's Liam Dickinson, but has been warned off of Shrewsbury's Grant Holt who, according to his manager, Paul Simpson, is going nowhere.
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“We are in the fortunate position at this football club where financially we don't have to sell,” said Simpson.
“There have been a number of rumours circulating about Grant leaving the club, but I am still planning for him to be wearing our number 16 shirt next season.”
Rumours that Gunn is looking to sign keeper Colin Doyle resurfaced yesterday after Birmingham signed Joe Hart from Manchester City a season-long loan.
It means Doyle drops further down the pecking order at St Andrews, behind Hart and veteran stopper Maik Taylor.
Gunn has Stuart Nelson on his books but the back-up keeper's contract is up at the end of this month and, as of yet, there has been no word from Carrow Road on whether or not he has been offered a new deal. After that comes teenager Declan Rudd, who is expected to learn his trade from the subs' bench in the new season.
Cardiff had been keen on 24-year-old Doyle before they signed David Marshall from Norwich, while Swansea and Leeds have also made inquiries.
t Matthew Bates, whose loan spell at Carrow Road at the beginning of 2008 was cut short by injury, has signed a new three-year deal with relegated Middlesbrough.