Norwich sell midfielder Bell

Norwich City winger David Bell has been sold to Coventry City. The Republic of Ireland star made only 20 appearances for the Canaries after signing from Luton Town during the summer, mostly on the left-wing, once he recovered from an ankle injury.

Norwich City winger David Bell has been sold to Coventry City. The Republic of Ireland star made only 20 appearances for the Canaries after signing from Luton Town during the summer, mostly on the left-wing once he recovered from an ankle injury. He failed to hit the target.

New Canaries manager Bryan Gunn agreed to sell the 25-year-old to City's Coca-Cola Championship rivals for an undisclosed fee after his short spell in Norfolk, citing homesickness as one of the main reasons.

“David hasn't had the opportunity to show us his quality on his preferred side of the pitch,” Gunn said.

“He approached me last week and asked about the situation, saying he wanted to move back closer to home with his young family.


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“When Coventry made their offer, David was clear he wanted to go. David has been very professional and we wish him well in his future career.”

Coventry tried to sign Bell in the summer but were pipped to the post by City.

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But the Sky Blues reignited their interest when a swap deal involving defender Elliot Ward moving to the Canaries was mooted in December - although then boss Glenn Roeder denied the speculation.

t The kick-off time for Norwich City's home Academy League match against Chelsea at Colney today has been changed from 11am to noon - because even the Blues are engaged in cost-cutting.

Chelsea usually put their youth team up in a hotel the night before the game, but this time will be travelling on the day.

Next Saturday's scheduled academy match at Portsmouth has been postponed because the young Canaries are playing Everton in the FA Youth Cup at Widnes on the Thursday night.

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