No bids for Earnie - Grant

Norwich City manager Peter Grant insists the club have not had any enquiries about Robert Earnshaw amid rumours of interest from Premiership new-boys Derby County.

Norwich City manager Peter Grant insists the club have not had any enquiries about Robert Earnshaw amid rumours of interest from Premiership new-boys Derby County.

Earnshaw admitted last month that he wants to be playing his football in the Premiership but Grant revealed that, despite the constant speculation surrounding the Welsh international, no club has contacted Norwich regarding his availability.

“At this moment in time we have received no enquiries concerning Earnshaw and I'm delighted about that,” said Grant.

“As everybody knows everybody has their price - even players like Ronaldinho have their price. But by the same token if a club comes in and offers £10m but Earnie says he does not want to go then that would be the end of the matter.


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“The most important thing about Robert is that he is a Norwich City player.”

Derby boss Billy Davies is an admirer of the 26-year-old and will sit down later this week with new Rams chief executive Trevor Birch to formulate a transfer strategy.

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Davies apparently sees Earnshaw as the ideal strike partner for Steve Howard but rumours of a £5m bid are wide of the mark according to Grant.

Watford are also rumoured to be monitoring Earnshaw's situation although whether a move to another Championship club would appeal to the player remains to be seen.

But Grant added that he has had no indication from Earnshaw that he is seeking a move away from Carrow Road.

“Sometimes you get the feeling with a player that he wants to go but I have not had that feeling. There are always going to be rumours about Earnie because he has that quality that a lot of sides want.”

Meanwhile, Grant admitted that he is looking to bring in another striker and confirmed that Scunthorpe's Billy Sharp was one of a number of forwards the club are monitoring.

“We are always interested in good players and someone who has scored as many goals as he has is always worth considering. Goalscorers are worth their weight in gold and we will continue to assess the situation.”

The Canaries boss is determined to mould a squad that has got a lot more strength in depth after a number of injuries last season left him short in too many areas of his side.

Earnshaw's groin injury put paid to any chance City had of making the play-offs and Grant wants to bring in another goalscorer to ease the burden on the Welshman.

“Too often we have relied on certain players to score our goals and that's something that we are looking to improve upon,” he said.

“There are a few strikers out there that we are interested in and he (Sharp) is certainly not the only one we are looking at.”

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