Roeder closes in on new signings

Glenn Roeder has admitted he is close to making three or four new signings - after reports that Blackpool winger Wes Hoolahan is poised for a move to Carrow Road. The news that Rangers midfielder Alan Gow was heading for talks with the Canaries was swiftly followed by stories in Ireland stating that Hoolahan was set to complete a £250,000 move and sign a three-year contract.

City boss Glenn Roeder has admitted he is close to making three or four new signings - after reports that Blackpool winger Wes Hoolahan is poised for a move to Carrow Road.

The news that Rangers midfielder Alan Gow was heading for talks with the Canaries, revealed in the Evening News yesterday, was swiftly followed by stories in Ireland stating that Hoolahan was set to complete a £250,000 move and sign a three-year contract.

Hoolahan has been linked with City since the end of last season after Roeder admitted he was an admirer of the tricky left-winger - and the player is even reported to have had a medical with the club.

The 26-year-old made his Republic of Ireland debut last month against Colombia after impressing national team boss Giovanni Trapattoni at a training camp in Portugal.


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Dublin-born Hoolahan's move from Livingston to Blackpool last year was dogged by controversy with a dispute between the two clubs being referred to FIFA.

But he is understood to have a release clause in his Blackpool contract, allowing him to move for £250,000.

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With reported sightings of former England striker Andy Cole at Norwich Airport last Friday, the signs are that Roeder's summer recruitment drive is gathering pace.

“We're into three or four deals at the moment, so hopefully they'll bear fruit in the next couple of days,” he said.

“We're working very hard in the background. It's not as easy as it used to be. With agents and chairmen often involved, negotiations tend to take a lot longer.”

Gow's agent confirmed he was to have talks with City, just days after shunning a move to Championship rivals Burnley.

“We are going south to Norwich to have a look at the club,” his representative, Phil McTaggart, said. “Alan will have a look at what is on offer and speak with the management and then make a decision from there.”

Championship newcomers Doncaster Rovers are said to have made a similar offer, but have been overlooked in favour of the Canaries.

Rangers have snubbed three SPL clubs - Dundee United, Motherwell and Aberdeen - who want Gow, preferring to sell him to England.

Gow was due to return to Rangers for the start of pre-season training today, but while he has two years remaining on his contract, he is facing an uncertain future.

Meanwhile, French striker Antoine Sibierski - another player linked with a move to Carrow Road - has been told he can leave Wigan on a free transfer.

That could well alert City boss Glenn Roeder, who paid £2m to take the forward to Newcastle United from Manchester City in August 2006 during his time as Magpies boss.

Wigan manager Steve Bruce is keen to move Sibierski, who has a year left on his contract, off the wage bill as he hunts new talent.

The Canaries have also been linked with highly-rated Sutton United youngster Jerson Dos Santos.

The 17-year-old made his debut under caretaker boss Jimmy Dack at the end of last season, but is not under contract at Gander Green Lane, despite having signed first-team forms in March.

Norwich, Charlton and Brentford - where Dos Santos has trained - are reported to be interested.

Whichever club lands his signature is likely to offer final-year academy terms to the young striker, leading scorer with 30 goals for Sutton's youth team last term.

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