Roeder sticks with loan players

Paddy Davitt Norwich boss Glenn Roeder sealed an extended loan switch for Man City hotshot Ched Evans to complete a hectic finale to the January transfer window.The 19-year-old striker's initial emergency loan spell has been scrapped in favour of a deal that ties the Welshman to Carrow Road until the end of this season - with no recall option available to the Eastlands outfit.

Paddy Davitt

Norwich boss Glenn Roeder sealed an extended loan switch for Man City hotshot Ched Evans to complete a hectic finale to the January transfer window.

The 19-year-old striker's initial emergency loan spell has been scrapped in favour of a deal that ties the Welshman to Carrow Road until the end of this season - with no recall option available to the Eastlands outfit.

Roeder had earlier clinched loan moves for a quartet of highly rated Premiership youngsters - headed by Arsenal's England U19 starlet Kieran Gibbs. Reading wideman James Henry and defender Alex Pearce joined Middlesbrough centre back Matthew Bates who signed hours earlier on an emergency loan from the Riverside until April 28.


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City's new arrivals are available to make their debuts in tomorrow's Championship home game against Preston - but Roeder must perm five from his seven loanees now on the books under football league rules.

Roeder sealed one permanent deal in the New Year window - Matty Pattison's switch from St James Park - but the former West Ham and Newcastle academy chief insisted he is prepared to put his faith in youth.

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“I like working with young players,” he said. “I don't agree with people who say young players make mistakes. I've seen plenty of players with more than 500 games under their belts make mistakes. In my opinion if they are good enough, they are old enough. I'm delighted to have these young talents, although none of them are for sale. I like taking players from Steve Coppell because he only has a certain type of player. They must be well motivated. I've done my homework and I'm told both boys fit the bill in terms of attitude and desire.”

Arsenal's versatile midfielder Gibbs was the headline arrival. The 18-year-old is available until April 28 - although Gunners' chief Arsene Wenger can recall the teenager at 24 hours notice after the first month has elapsed.

Gibbs was included in Arsenal's Champions League squad list this season prior to signing professional terms at the Emirates in September.

The academy prospect has yet to make a Premiership appearance but Wenger handed him a first team debut in the recent Carling Cup win over Sheffield United. Gibbs also featured in the quarter-final victory over Blackburn.

Fellow England U19 youth international Henry joins on identical emergency loan terms. The 18-year-old has previously had spells at Notts Forest and Bournemouth. The winger battled back from a cruciate knee ligament to earn a professional contract at the Madjeski.

Royals' team mate Pearce is available until the end of the season. Steve Coppell gave the 19-year-old his full debut in last month's FA Cup replay defeat to Tottenham.

The temporary acquisitions of defensive duo Pearce and Middlesbrough's Bates came after Roeder finally admitted defeat in his pursuit of long time target Martin Taylor - reportedly a deadline day target for City's Championship rivals Coventry.

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish refused to sanction Taylor's St Andrews exit after missing out on Aston Villa's Gary Cahill.

The England U21 defender snubbed a cross-city move in favour of a £5m switch to Bolton.

“The Cahill one, sure, was a major disappointment,” said McLeish. “But we still have Radhi Jaidi to come back from the Africa Cup of Nations and then there's Martin Taylor. I've said all along that as long as he's here and working hard, which he is, then he's not out of the picture.”

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