Canaries not pursuing Spurs defender; Billing latest

Onel Hernandez of Norwich and Cameron Carter-Vickers of Bournemouth in action during the Sky Bet Cha

Cameron Carter-Vickers in action for Bournemouth at Carrow Road earlier this year - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Reports that Norwich City are among Celtic's rivals for the signature of Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers are understood to be wide of the mark.

Meanwhile, a report from Football Insider suggesting that the Canaries have 'opened talks' with Bournemouth for midfield target Philip Billing are also believed to be incorrect, with City thought to have already spoken to the Championship club earlier this summer.

The 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes as the Cherries thrashed MK Dons in the first round of the League Cup on Saturday, following a recent report from the Sun that he is happy to stay on the south coast.

Carter-Vickers was linked with Norwich overnight by Scottish newspaper the Daily Record. The 23-year-old made four cup appearances for Tottenham as a youngster but then had stints in the second tier with Sheffield United, Ipswich, Swansea, Stoke and Luton.

The USA international has entered the final 12 months of his Spurs contract after a series of Championship loans, making 26 appearances for Bournemouth last season.

The report states that the centre-back wants a permanent move this summer rather than another loan, suggesting Spurs are looking for around £5million for their academy product.

It also claims that Norwich and Premier League rivals Newcastle United have also shown interest in Carter-Vickers this summer, as well as former loan club Bournemouth.

The Hoops sold Norway international centre-back Kristoffer Ajer to Brentford last month in a deal reportedly worth £13.5m, after the Bees were willing to offer more than Norwich.

The Glasgow giants have already signed a replacement, bringing in Swedish defender Carl Starfelt from Rubin Kazan but lost their league opener 2-1 at Hearts on Saturday as new boss Ange Postecoglu tries to bounce back from exiting Champions League qualification.

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Ajer going to Brentford leaves City still looking to make an addition in central defence ahead of the August 30 transfer deadline, with Grant Hanley and Ben Gibson hoping to return from injury during the final two games of pre-season.

Carter-Vickers has no Premier League experience but has made 129 senior appearances, most of which have been in the Championship, and also has eight international caps to his name.

His stint with Ipswich was during the second half of 2017-18 under Mick McCarthy, playing all of the 1-1 derby draw at Carrow Road when Timm Klose headed an injury-time equaliser for the Canaries.

He also played the full match at Carrow Road in April as Bournemouth won 3-1 to spoil the promotion party.

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