Hucks linked with Toronto
Jonathan Redhead Darren Huckerby's Norwich City future was today thrown into doubt again amid fresh speculation suggesting he could still be heading across the Atlantic to play Major League Soccer.
Darren Huckerby's Norwich City future was today thrown into doubt again amid fresh speculation suggesting he could still be heading across the Atlantic to play Major League Soccer.
Conjecture earlier this month claimed Huckerby could finish his playing days with a spell at LA Galaxy alongside former England skipper David Beckham, and his absence from the team sheet against Leicester City initially did little to dispel fears he could be leaving Norfolk for sunnier climes.
But this weekend a national newspaper claimed the former Manchester City and Leeds United star could be headed for Galaxy's MLS rivals DC United or Toronto FC instead.
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Huckerby, who could feature for City in the Coca-Cola Championship clash against Southampton at St Mary's tomorrow night, will be out of contract at Carrow Road at the end of the season.
However, with the transfer window shutting at midnight on Thursday, Canadian side Toronto, who already have ex-Canaries Carl Robinson and Jim Brennan in their ranks, apparently want to make a quick move for the 31-year-old, who has ruled out playing for any other English club.
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“Toronto are back for pre-season with the new campaign starting in March so a quick deal could suit all,” revealed a source.
Elsewhere, City's long-running chase for Birmingham City centre-back Martin Taylor received a boost at the weekend when it was revealed that West Bromwich Albion had not made a bid for the defender.
Taylor has already been the subject of bids from the Canaries and their Coca-Cola Championship rivals Queen's Park Rangers.
The centre-back turned down a switch to Rangers, instead preferring a return to Norfolk where he had a very successful loan spell at the end of last year.
But with the clubs failing to come to an agreement, reports suggested West Brom boss Tony Mow-bray had made moves to hijack the deal in a bid to help shore up the defence of the promotion-chasers.
However, stories surfaced at the weekend that talk of a Baggies bid for Taylor is “compl-etely wide of the mark”, leaving the way clear for manager Glenn Roeder and City to perhaps secure his signature before the transfer window closes.
Other reports during the weekend claimed the Canaries are interested in Macedonia international midfielder Velice Sumulikoski, but will be beaten to his signature for a £1 from Turkish side Bursaspor by Premier League outfit Blackburn Rovers.
Meanwhile, reports claim Canary brothers Ryan and Rossi Jarvis could also be on their way out of Carrow Road. Ryan is supposed to be close to a return to Leyton Orient, where he enjoyed a loan spell last season, and Rossi is attracting the interest of City's championship rivals, Blackpool, and League Two side Darlington.