Roeder linked with move for Taylor
Glenn Roeder is reportedly ready to increase his loan contingent to nine as he bids to turn around Norwich City's fortunes. Roeder is expected to wrap up another one-month deal for striker Leroy Lita after this weekend's fixtures, but has also been linked with Wigan full-back Ryan Taylor.
Glenn Roeder is reportedly ready to increase his loan contingent to nine as he bids to turn around Norwich City's fortunes.
Roeder is expected to wrap up another one-month deal for striker Leroy Lita after this weekend's fixtures, but has also been linked with Wigan full-back Ryan Taylor.
The Daily Mirror yesterday claimed Roeder had targeted the 24-year-old who, significantly is a free-kick specialist - the absence of which the City boss lamented yesterday. Taylor has been on City's radar before - back in 2005 when he turned down then manager Nigel Worthington's advances and left Tranmere for Wigan in a £750,000 deal.
However, the England Under-21 international has failed to hold down a place at Wigan, where he has made just 27 league starts in three years.
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Lita's status at Carrow Road is much less speculative as he heads north for the final game of his one-month deal, but wrapping it up will have to wait until today's round of fixtures is completed.
Reading boss Steve Coppell said: "I've not heard from Norwich as of yet. I'd presume I will get a call soon and, yes, we would extend it."
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That call was due to have been yesterday, although the formalities won't be completed until Monday.
"I will touch base with Reading today, that's how I left it last week," said Roeder. "I will assume if nothing has changed and everything goes okay with Reading this weekend and their strikers we would look to do the paperwork on Monday for another month."
Roeder admitted he had not contemplated the possibility that Lita would not return.
"I have always been a glass is half full, not half empty, so I have not even crossed that bridge," he said. "I can only see Reading winning 5-0, the strikers score all the goals, we win at Burnley and Nicky (Hammond) says Monday morning, 'there we are'."