RUMOUR MILL: Norwich City have no interest in swapping Anthony Pilkington for Bolton’s Chung-Yong Lee

Anthony Pilkington continues to be linked with Bolton and a swap deal involving South Korean international Lee Chung-Yong. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd Anthony Pilkington continues to be linked with Bolton and a swap deal involving South Korean international Lee Chung-Yong. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, August 7, 2014
11:42 AM

Norwich City are not looking to swap Canaries’ midfielder Anthony Pilkington for Bolton’s South Korean midfielder Chung-Yong Lee after fresh speculation on Thursday hinted City could be prepared to offload the Republic of Ireland international.

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Norwich took up an option in Pilkington’s contract earlier this summer keeping at Carrow Road until 2015, although the midfielder’s lack of pre-season action continues to fuel transfer speculation over his long-term future.

Pilkington scored in the 1-1 friendly draw against SC Bastia in Sallanches last month but was introduced from the substitutes’ bench in both Carrow Road home outings last week against OGC Nice and Celta Vigo.

Reports Pilkington could be exchanged for the South Korean international, who is also entering the final year of his current deal with the Trotters, first surfaced at the weekend in the Sunday People who suggested transfer talks were imminent between both clubs.

The 26-year-old started just 10 Premier League games last season because of hamstring problems and has struggled to establish himself in the Canaries’ starting line up after an encouraging debut season for the club following his reported £2m move from Huddersfield in 2011.

Lee, who was touted with Premier League Hull City only last month, started all three of South Korea’s group games during a disappointing World Cup campaign in Brazil this summer and has been at Bolton since joining from FC Seoul for a fee of £2.2m in August 2009. He has played 169 games for the Trotters, scoring 17 goals.

Pilkington has previously been linked with both Swansea City and Aston Villa in previous transfer windows. The Darwen-bred midfielder started his career with Stockport after being part of Blackburn’s academy set-up before he was released as a teenager.

37 comments

  • Excellent Matt. Particularly liked Laugherty! Oldtimer - I guess we can be pedants together then. I agree that it tends to undermine someone's point if they can't spell the name of the player they are commenting on.

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    SplatTheCat

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Noticed that to Splat! Does make me laugh. I know two 'local' Liverpool fans in the Lowestoft\Yarmouth area who honestly cant say a single Liverpool players name correctly, let alone spell it. I honestly swear on my life im no exaggerating. Jerzy Dudek was Ducat, skrtel is Skittle, john flanagan is said John Fagen, Luis Suarez was Luis swayze. Either way enough of that I hope Nile Addams, Wosley Holehan, Lewis Grebben, Carl Laugherty & Bradley Johnstone can get us back in Premiera League.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Splat, I made the point once before the spelling of certain names on these posts. right. It irritated that supposedly knowledgeable fans insisted in calling Hughton = HOUGHTON, Bassong =BASON, Adams= ADDAMS, etc. A reply came back saying that the posts were about football not spelling tests. Guess that's us told then :-) Just sayin'

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    oldtimer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • After two seasons of Houghton instead of Hughton I'm relieved to have an Adams in charge (although I'm sure we'll see an Addams at least once). Interestingly I see that Redmond has become Redman on more than one occasion recently.

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    SplatTheCat

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • noooo...keep pilkington! He is going to be ruthless this season. Great crosser of the ball and can come inside and score goals. I predict 15 goals from him this season, and we need them to go up!

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    James Dunthorne

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Instead of reporting that City have no interest in virtually everyone it would be nice to have the occasional story that they are interested in certain players on this board.

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    VictorM

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • It would be nice if Pilks stayed and forced his way into contention for a place in the team. He's quite a prolific scorer for us in comparison to other midfield players so he shoudn't be written off because of past injury probems. On a lighter note I asked friend of mine what the goal music is at Portaloo Road. He said he couldn't think that far back...

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    Trucker

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • I saw Hughton in Hemsby today. Allegedly, he`s been given the Brief to reverse coastal erosion. His buddy, Calderwood, is running the slot machines in The Gap. Trollope has another business venture...

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • I wouldn't be sorry to see him go. Too injury prone to be depended on for team planning and when he does play he drifts in and out of the game- mostly out. Not the sort of player Gary Holt would be happy with.

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    NoggintheNog

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Agree with Ghana Dom reference Tom Adeyemi. Fine young man, good player and intelligent. No wonder Hughton got rid of him (for free). Assombalonga no longer a "target", and has signed for Nottingham Forest. Now there`s a dangerous competitor, unless Stuart Pearce gets impatient with his Board of Misdirectors. Paying attention, Hyacinth? It is now the Open Season for Insiders, so I`ll retreat to my usual subservient status. Who`s Redman?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • May be it's half a story and we've taken a look at Lee as a possible replacement for Redman with no thought of of letting Pilks go.

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    cutty

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Mattia. I'm glad it wasn't just me that had noticed the play direction thingy. tbh, although I sit above you, still love the 2nd half coming my way as it keeps me awake after the large lunch and vino. Mind, not much of the football has kept me awake for the last 2 years. Here's hoping to sleepless Saturday afternoons.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • We must forget houghton and last season and move on, a new season is about to start we must be positive, OTBC

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    borderman

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • To be fair Goss, he was always looking over to the touchline like many players during Hughtons era in charge. Sadly they never got anything back. Nothing that could change a game anyway.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • RUMOUR MILL: Following discovery of Bassong's shrine to Hughton in the changing room complete with used chewing gum, discarded brown shoes and a printed list of questions to ask yourself in an interview, Seb has been sent to train with the youngsters as part of his therapy although it is said he still looks to the touchline hoping for instructions from Chris. Treatment continues

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    GossVolley

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Matt that team meeting we've independently posted about HAS to be it. Something like that tends to make the footballing issues almost irrelevant in a funny kind of way imo.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Has a player ever fallen from grace in such a way before as Bassong. POTS to unwanted and training with the youth team in 1 year. He wasnt just POTS, we simply couldnt function without him in the 1st season. A pal of mine whose a spurs ST holder claims they honestly only made it into the champions league thanks to the superb partnership of Kaboul and Bassong but the club outgrew him. However a mate of mine who supports Wolves, claims Bassong was a shocking defender. maybe the writing was on the wall all along? I dunno anymore but i'd bet money he wont play again while Adams is at the club. Maybe he will get a game in the cup game, in which we lose to a league 2 side with 11 changes to the line up made (like normal).

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Sharky suggests he knows the Bassong situation. Mind you he also claims to be an ex top manager. I truly believe it is just verbal disrespect Adams could and should not forgive.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Re. Bassong it seems no one has any information why or when he is to come into contention for a place in the City team. Is he staying or is he going or has he fallen into the Bermuda triangle never to be seen or heard of again?

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    goldie

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • ToxicGasWarningSystem!!!!! Im so glad you said that. My lot in the lower Barclay have been harping on about this for ages. Many sitting elsewhere dont give a rotty tooty but to us in the Lower Barclay, we genuinely believe kicking towards the Barclay 2nd half helps. In that 2nd period when sometimes the team needs us more than ever, we've really helped the lads get that elusive goal. Seen some great scenes in front of the Barclay following winning goals etc. All we did under Hughton though was kick towards Barclay first half. Really odd, but we all certainly noticed it! No idea why though. Surely a reason. I know the sun is usually above the N&P first half etc...but its not like the suns a new thing....its kinda been there a long time! ;)

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • ...and now Sky Sports presenter (and NCFC fan) Simon Thomas has just tweeted "sounds increasingly likely that a swap deal involving Chung-Yong Lee & Pilkington WILL happen". Does anyone actually know whats going on. To be fair to Simon Thomas hes been pretty spot on lately. Broke the Gary O'Neil story before it became public knowledge. Wait and see.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Mattias. Another thing I noticed over the last 2 seasons was how little we kicked towards The Barclay in the 2nd half. Did we actually win the toss and then elect to kick that way first? Or were we the unluckiest t0ssers in the Prem? Surely we need the greatest noise in front of us towards the game end?

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Peter Watson, I was only messing around about the goal music pal ;) Im not fussed whether they play a bit of electric light orchestra or the blooming spice girls, as long as we are scoring. Ill admit I did miss our traditional goal music if we were forced to have some as it made us different to everyone else who seem to have the same music etc. Plenty of good memories with that music too. The minute McNally buckled and removed the goal music we stopped scoring. Leave it alone if it isnt broken. If it is broken (i.e-Hughton) fix it quickly to limit damage! A lot of people seem to be concerned about having no yellow nets, similar to Liverpools red nets and out own yellow ones in the past. On a serious note the club states its against them as it restricts the view of some fans.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • 'News is hotting up that Norwich City are planning on swapping out of favour Sebastian Bassong for Sporting Kansas City centre back Matt Besler. Besler was part of the USMNT squad at the World cup and has played over 100 times for Kansas since 2009 scoring 2 goals. It's believed Besler has expressed an interest in playing outside the MLS, potentially following in the footsteps of former United states centre back Jay Demerit. Bassong has been out of favour under Neil Adams and has since seen the captains arm band taken from him and hes been excluded from all of City's pre-season fixtures.' - There you go, i've just made my own EDP article with as much source, sense and quotes as this one....(zero). ;)

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Yes, shame about Adeyemi. In 2009-10 he looked like he could progress, then injuries occurred and we rose too quickly to keep playing him. Shame he's now going to be a key player for promotion rivals, pity we didn't sign him back, but I guess we can't really add to the centre of the pitch while we have Fer, Johnson, Howson, Tettey, Surman, Hoolahan and O'Neil to call upon.

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    Colin

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • I for one would like to see Pilkington back in the squad and fighting for his place. Still plenty to offer if he can stay fit.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • As for the goal music,Mattias,it is one of the inanities us of the more grumpy variety have to put up with in being a football supporter these days,along with the Mexican Wave and paying £3 for a sausage roll.As long we're winning,these things don't seem to matter.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • And Tom Adeyemi signs for Cardiff. What a mistake in letting such a talent go for free. Unbelievable. He will be big box to box.

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    Ghana Dom

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • RUMOUR MILL: Norwich City has no interest in swapping Gary Hooper for Wolves' Leon Clarke.

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    Colin

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • RUMOUR MILL: Norwich City has no interest in swapping John Ruddy for Bolton's Adam Bogdan.

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    Colin

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • And you heard this from where?.... This site either has pointless articles or stories plagiarised word for word from other sites. Are they written by journalism students?

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    canarystoke

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Mattias, now I think that's a great idea. Let's put up some choices for goal music and have an unofficial poll. I'd have to suggest 'My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes', by The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • I'm looking forwards to the transfer windows closing because these pointless made up speculative stories will stop and we can get back to football. The reason Pilk was not playing in pre season was because he was injured, it doesn't follow that he was being lined up to be got rid of. If I remember both of the new strikers were injured but no stories about them being offloaded. Lazy, speculative, pointless dribble for all the closed season, bring on the football and make the jurno's work for a living rather than making up stories.

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    parkeg1

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • No source or sign where the story came from. Zero quotes (even recycled ones in true Archie style) to explain the story or give it substance and no signs why the story is a no go now like the headline suggests. I suggest we hijack this story for much great debates, like the lack of goal music at Carrow road and the need for Yellow goal nets. Far better use! ;)

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • If Pilks was able to keep himself injury-free he would be an asset to us this season. I continue to ponder on Bassong: what has caused a player who was so good in his first season to have become so poor ? Without knowing if there are any behind-the-scenes problems, I wonder why he seems to have been frozen out, especially when we are short of central defenders? A couple of early injuries and Adams might have to turn to him. In which case what would be his frame of mind and does he still have commitment? Its a puzzle to me.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Most pointless article ever, surely? There was a rumour we were interested, now a rumour we are not but the article doesn't substantiate the headline at all.

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    Colin

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Good ! Maybe we could swap Becchio for Grant Holt.

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

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