RUMOUR MILL: Norwich City one of four in the race for Coventry City striker Callum Wilson

Norwich City are one of a number of Championship clubs who could be interested in Coventry City's Callum Wilson. Picture: PA. Norwich City are one of a number of Championship clubs who could be interested in Coventry City's Callum Wilson. Picture: PA.

Monday, June 16, 2014
10:31 AM

Norwich City is one of a quartet of Championship clubs tracking Coventry City’s highly-rated striker Callum Wilson.

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Bournemouth have already had two bids rejected for the 22-year-old as they look to replace frontman Lewis Grabban who joined the Canaries earlier this month.

Reading and Championship new boys Brentford are also reportedly in the frame, whilst Midlands rivals Wolves reportedly made an enquiry in January, but the Sky Blues have made it clear they want to hang onto their prized asset who struck 22 goals in 41 games during a prolific first full season in league football.

Sky Blues’ development director Steve Waggott last week told the Coventry Evening Telegraph Wilson is part of Steven Pressley’s plans.

“At the moment our view is that Callum is not for sale,” he said. “We have had approaches from four Championship clubs who are keen to secure the services of one of the best young strikers around.

“As it stands we have rebuffed and rejected all offers that have come in. We’ve had what I would call four firm enquiries all together, comprising two written bids, one quite firm verbal offer and one indicative enquiry where they have said they are interested. They are all Championship clubs, which is to be expected to be honest.”

Neil Adams’ club have been linked with Blackburn’s Jordan Rhodes and Leeds’ Ross McCormack as they look to bolster a frontline which under-performed during the Canaries’ Premier League relegation fight.

Skysports confirmed on Monday morning Leeds had rejected a £5m bid for McCormack from Fulham but the Scottish international is attracting interest from a number of clubs in the top two divisions.

McCormack’s international team mate, Robert Snodgrass, will cost potential suitors £6m to prize away from Carrow Road, according to the Daily Mail.

Snodgrass has one year left on his current deal but has been touted with a return north of the border to his boyhood club Celtic along with a swift Premier League return as Hull City and West Ham monitor his situation. The Sunday People claimed the Tigers have edged ahead of West Ham in the race with a £4m offer.

Former City loanee Johan Elmander is poised to move to French top tier club Bastia, according to weekend reports in L’Equipe. Norwich have declined the option to turn his initial loan move from Galatasaray into a permanent deal and the Swede, who previously played in France for Toulouse, could now link up with new Bastia boss Claude Makelele.

25 comments

  • If grant holt had a problem seeing his family from Norwich, how will he manage from Oz?

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    Jim

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

  • I have just watched Wilson's goals on the net, and 15 mins of training videos. I would suggest that he is neither super-pacey and his goals were scored against WOEFUL defending. Also, very few glimpses of the kind of footy I expect to see under NA. Some interesting comments below here too, particularly regarding Snoddy. I would release him. He wooed too many people with his media chat and only really performed against Championship elect teams last season. He is positionally extremely undisciplined and he isn't as fit or fast as other natural wide options. As far as playing 'in the hole' goes.... how on earth can anybody (incl Howson) possibly compare with Wes? That team needs a leader that on Day 1 of pre-season will go in and completely transform the outlook of everyone, including our old guard 'leaders' like Martin, Turner, Ruddy, Wes etc. For me, if you don't ask you don't get... Scott Parker hands down, or Leon Osman. Bradley Johnson is the best midfielder there now (excluding Fer) but between the 2 there is no question when it comes to attitude. Johnson needs to play with an exceptional talent beside him to get the best from him. Regardng the comments about the defence I think we should set up with 3 and 2 wing backs... Olsson was POS last year in my mind and I think E Bennett should be given the RWB role... and just accept mistakes made as he learns the role; My team would I either be 3-4-3 or 3-4-1-2 Grabban Redmond Hoolahan Olsson Johnson Parker Bennett Martin Turner Whitaker Ruddy OR Loza Grabban Redmond Olsson Johnson Parker Bennett Martin Turner Whitaker Ruddy But ideally, I don't really rate Whitaker accept for him bringing the ball forward unchallenged. I would like to break up the cliques in the dressing room: Bassong & Fer The Leeds Midfield The Scottish whiners The Celtic wannabes I would have a team full of Wes, Ruddy, Martin, Olsson, E Bennet, Johnson anyway. The quiet, grateful, determined types.

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    mikeskisandflies

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • Well if i was a highly talented premier footballer i would be straight on the phone to my agent demanding to get me a job at norwich city so i could have a holiday at hemsby. LOL otbc

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    yarco

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • Watch this space John Ruddy going Snodgrass to Hull. RVW going out on loan to a foreign club. Jordan Rhodes coming in.

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    Essex yellow

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • Not sure how much there is behind the speculation surrounding City. We may not see much movement of players in or out until after the World Cup.

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    Capri

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • I believe we are in the market for a centre back and have been linked with a few (Molla Wague?) so lets wait and see. I believe Bassong will be off, probably to wherever Hughton ends up, or one of the newly promoted teams looking for Prem experience. He's done well for us in the past but his attitude and lack of passion in interviews at the heat of our run in spoke volumes to me...With regards to forwards I believe our new manager and coaches will have a masterplan of how to get the team playing. I reckon this is joined up thinking regarding transfer targets, with Adams looking to pacey counter attacking and pass and move football rather than hit and hope hoofball. We will be more on the front foot and wont be relying on a big no.9 to win it on the halfway line and hold it up...Just my opinion. OTBC

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    GossVolley

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • Interesting comments about Hooper and RickyVW; although I must confess, I've seen nor heard any rumours about them being linked with other clubs at this stage. And correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't something said awhile back about Hooper committed to helping us get back into the PL or was that just rumour!! I hope they both stay and get the chance to show just what they can do; and it doesn't hurt to look at other strikers as well. With so little info coming out from Carrow Road, who knows what NA has planned at the moment. I'm sure he has defense and midfield firmly in his thoughts!! We just have to wait and see. otbc

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    Canarygirl

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • All good teams need good Centre Backs to help the defence and make the right passes for the attack to get the goals. At the end of the day as long as you get more goals than you let in you get 3 points.

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    goldie

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • I do agree with others about the CB area but in terms of first choice starters I quite like the idea of Turner & Bennett at centre back. At least at Championship level. Bassong despite me personally being a bit gutted about it, will leave the club this summer, One way or another so we could certainly do with at least 1 other good centre back.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • @Surrey and Waclor. Sorry to inform you that Lampard is just about to sign for Melbourne City (Owned by Man City) and join Damien Duff and David Villa there. The last of which would have been a great signing for us as well. I heard on the grapevine that Grant Holts agent has been putting him around down here as well.

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    Oz Canary

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • I hope a plan for overall squad strengthening, combined with who is leaving emerges soon. It feels like having CH incharge last summer - "we need some goals, so let's buy some expensive strikers" without any integration plan into the team as to how their specific styles are going to result in goals. As others have pointed out, we need more strength in centerbacks, but most of all we need a "team" that works well together, and produces more than the sum of the individuals, not individual players who collectively don't add-up to a team.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • Could Snoddy play the midfield general role? If right wing or the hole are his only options, let him go as he has major failings for either of these roles. Sorry Lefty.

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    waclor

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • It would be a shame to take huge losses on RvW and Hooper when by Christmas they could be scoring loads of goals and be worth much more or even want to stay. Next season all the teams will come to Carrow Road with ten men behind the ball looking for a point. We need to beef up the midfield ideally with the sort of player who used to be called a midfield general. Frank Lampard would be marvellous but.....

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    waclor

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • Once again, we seem to be linked with yet another No 10 when what we so desperately need is a good No 9 to lead the line. Currently we have 4 poacher style players on our books but not one single target man. It seems that our new manager is no better than the previous one at identifying what is required to score goals.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • It seems that all this searching for strikers suggest that Hooper is a goner. Which is a shame. Never really got to see his potential. But... And this a big BUT, what about CB 's. Defensively we're pretty ropey.

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    Morgan Hewitt

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • Giibo, I remember the Peters and Channon days - And it would be so good for the youngsters to be playing with someone with real top-class experience. Must be worth shelling out some cash for...

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • Surrey perhaps the offer of a little hideaway in Branc- little Chelsea-caster would swing it. Cor that was a mouth watering option you suggested, when in the past we offered a lot of " fading" top class players another chance they never let us down

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    Gibbo

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • Do agree with Surrey Canary though. Ive tried saying it over and over about people ranting and raving about RVW and his 1 goal last season. It was within a woeful Hughton system that meant no striker (RVW,Hooper,Elmander,Holt,Morison,Becchio,Rooney,Messi,Ronaldo etc....) could score within because they simple spent 99% of thier time on the half way line dealing with hoofed punts forward. Under a different manager the same strikers some simpleton fans complain so often about could become lethal. Just have to play to their strengths instead of trying to use them as something they are not. Not rocket science but seems so hard to grasp around this club. Doubt we will get a chance to see them prove this theory correct though as both are likely fed up with the abuse they have recieved from fans and the damage Hughton caused that they'll be running a mile this summer. Onwards and upwards though. :) OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • No legit confirmed first hand substance to this Malaga but a friend of mine who is usually fairly nailed on informed me of an internal arguement between Hooper & Adams at the end of last season. Even without that whisper i'd not be surprised if both left. RVW im convinced will go out on loan for reasons that have been discussed to death and hooper will be dependant of whether we get an insane offer.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • OK, so Hoops and RVW didn't score much last year, but they were playing under CH's system. They are both proven goalscorers if the team is set up properly for them. So unless both want out, why the focus on more and more strikers? What we need is good midfield linkage to the strikers which was dismally missing last year... Can't we entice Frank Lampard with a promise of a 2-week holiday in Hemsby?

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • Judging by the hunt we are having for new front men it would appear that Neil Adams is expecting the likes of RvW and Hooper to move on and maybe also Snodgrass. My feeling all along has been that the former two could well come good with decent support, while if Adams continues to use Snodgrass as a right winger I would be happy to see him move on. It would probably be to his as well as our benefit.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • You don't have any friends

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    Johnstonpickle

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • Gibbo, you could describe "seemed to just turn up when he felt like it" to many last season. All a bad dream - hopefully soon forgotten.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • Yes Matt he seemed to just turn up when he felt like it, you can count on your fingers how many times he really gave 100%, but then was he another victim of the style of play that was demanded of the team.

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    Gibbo

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • I can imagine Elmander turned down the chance to make it permanent as well ;) Didnt look especially pleased when ever fans dared to do anything but give him a standing ovation for a tackle. Considering he would be on a heck of a lot of money an unable to score regular or do the low scoring target mans job im not going to shed any tears over him not returning. Atleast my Bolton fan friends can stop laughing at me now!

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 16, 2014

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