Johansson City's latest target

Norwich City boss Nigel Worthington today promised to work right up until the last minute of the transfer window to bring a new signing to Carrow Road.

Norwich City boss Nigel Worthington today promised to work right up until the last minute of the transfer window to bring a new signing to Carrow Road.

Attempts to sign Cardiff striker Cameron Jerome, West Bromwich Albion forward Robert Earnshaw and Tottenham defender Calum Davenport had stalled because of excessive transfer fees, he admitted.

But Worthington is also looking at the possibility of a loan signing with Charlton striker Jonatan Johansson one of the players he has been monitoring.

Said Worthington: “We will keep trying as we have done over the past few weeks and it has been pretty intense.


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“We would look at the loan market and then it is a case of what quality there is available on loan, but certainly it is something we are looking at. “Davenport wants a permanent move but the figures quoted by Spurs were very expensive. We did make an inquiry but it is a non-starter at the moment.

“Johansson is a player that we have monitored for some time but with all transfers it is a case of waiting for something to happen and it being right for the club and player. We will be working until the last minute to bring someone in. If I can complete a deal coming down the tunnel at Reading tomorrow, then I will.”

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He added: “There is no point in bringing players in to go sideways. We need to bring players in who will help us go forwards.”

Johansson has found his opportunities at The Valley this season severely limited by the form and fitness of England World Cup hopeful Darren Bent with the 30-year-old Finnish international having made just six appearances for the Addicks this season - the last coming in the 5-2 home defeat by Manchester City at the start of December.

Last season, however, he was a regular fixture in Curbishley's outfit and was a total handful in the 4-0 mauling the Canaries' suffered on their trip to The Valley in November, 2004.

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