Pattison set to sign on permanent deal
City boss Glenn Roeder was today expecting to kick off his January transfer business by re-signing two of his loan stars in time for FA Cup duty.Roeder was hoping to extend Derby full-back Mo Camara's loan to the end of the season and tie up a permanent deal for Newcastle midfielder Matty Pattison - and complete both moves by midday so that the two men are eligible to face Bury in this Saturday's third round tie at Carrow Road.
City boss Glenn Roeder was today expecting to kick off his January transfer business by re-signing two of his loan stars in time for FA Cup duty.
Roeder has extended Derby full-back Mo Camara's loan to the end of the season and is also hoping to tie up a permanent deal for Newcastle midfielder Matty Pattison by noon today so that the South African is eligible to face Bury in tomorrow's third round tie at Carrow Road (3pm).
The Canaries may have to wait longer for a decision on an extended loan for Manchester City striker Ched Evans, but Chelsea midfielder Jimmy Smith will not be returning because manager Avram Grant has decided to keep him at Stamford Bridge.
Said Roeder: “We should be able to get Mo Camara re-signed until the end of the season and I'm hoping that will be done in time for him to play in the FA Cup.
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“We're working on Matty Pattison and are hopeful that he will come back on a permanent deal. That would involve a fee and that is being discussed. I hope he will also sign in time to play on Saturday.”
The 19-year-old Evans is, however, unlikely to play tomorrow as Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson considers whether to let him return to Norwich.
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“We don't know about Ched Evans. We may get a decision this afternoon but it looks like he will be out of the FA Cup game,” said Roeder.
Smith made nine first team appearances for the Canaries but he was sidelined for three months of his loan spell by an ankle injury.
“Jimmy Smith has gone back to Chelsea. Avram Grant has seen him train and is suitably impressed, enough to think he has improved in his time here,” said Roeder.
“He has a lot of injuries and players going to the African Nations Cup and can't let him out again.
“It's a shame but it's a nice compliment for him to say how well he thinks Jimmy has come on at Norwich City.”
Meanwhile, striker Chris Brown, yet to start a first team match under Roeder, is reported to be a possible target for League One club Doncaster Rovers - but City have yet to receive any bids.
“There has been interest in Chris Brown from a number of clubs but no one has made a firm offer, just tentative inquiries,” said Roeder.