First look at City new boys

Richard Willner Norwich City's new boys grace the Carrow Road pitch for the first time tonight in front of a sell-out crowd. The Canaries' most glamorous pre-season friendly against Carling Cup holders Tottenham Hotspur (7.45pm).

Richard Willner

Norwich City's new boys grace the Carrow Road pitch for the first time tonight in front of a sell-out crowd.

The Canaries' most glamorous pre-season friendly against Carling Cup holders Tottenham Hotspur (7.45pm kick-off) will give the majority of the 25,000-plus supporters their first glimpse of Glenn Roeder's revamped squad.

With defender John Kennedy becoming Roeder's eighth signing of the summer, it will be a much-changed squad on show tonight from the one that finished a hugely disappointing Championship season in May.


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Winger Wes Hoolahan and central midfielder Sammy Clingan have already been impressive in the Canaries' previous pre-season games while central defender Dejan Stefanovic, on-loan Italian striker Arturo Lupoli and midfielder David Bell should get their first run-outs in the yellow and green.

Another on-loan signing Elliot Omozusi - from Fulham - is also set to play, meaning supporters could be treated to an almost entirely new starting eleven.

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Meanwhile, Spurs remained in the selling market over the weekend with right-back Pascal Chimbonda joining Sunderland while Robbie Keane was reported to be completing his move to Liverpool today.

Still at the club, however, is Bulgarian international Dimitar Berbatov - linked with a megabucks move to Manchester United - and City supporters will be hoping to see him in action tonight.

Former Ipswich Town front man Darren Bent is a likely starter while new Brazilian goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, highly-rated Croatian midfielder Luka Modric and Mexican teenage striker Giovani dos Santos should all be in the squad.

The deal for Chimbonda was the second part of Keane's quadruple swoop on Juande Ramos' squad which is set to cost the club a total of around £16million in transfer fees.

Keane is now awaiting an answer from defender Younes Kaboul who is also attracting interest from Aston Villa and Portsmouth.

The Morocco-born Frenchman had indicated his intention to head for Wearside to discuss personal terms before Villa and Pompey registered their interest.

Former Auxerre man Kaboul will weigh up a move to the north-east and Keane will hope the arrival of Chimbonda will help facilitate a deal, though Pompey boss Harry Redknapp remains confident Kaboul will head south.

“Sunderland and Villa both made fantastic offers, but the lad decided he wanted to come to Portsmouth,” Redknapp told the Daily Star.

Also part of the quartet of Spurs players is midfielder Steed Malbranque, although there has been no further development over a move.

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