RUMOUR MILL: Norwich City run the rule over Standard Liege defender Laurent Ciman

Norwich City have been linked with a defensive raid on Belgium to boost their squad. Picture: Denise Bradley Norwich City have been linked with a defensive raid on Belgium to boost their squad. Picture: Denise Bradley

Monday, August 4, 2014
2:56 PM

Norwich City have reportedly run the rule over Standard Liege’s Belgian international centre back Laurent Ciman.

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Neil Adams has made no secret of the fact he would like to add defensive reinforcements over the closing weeks of the summer transfer window and with Sebastien Bassong currently out-of-favour, City head into the Championship kick-off this weekend against Wolves with Michael Turner, Ryan Bennett and captain Russell Martin as their three senior central defenders.

Ciman was an unused part of Belgium’s World Cup squad in Brazil and has carved out a reputation as an uncompromising figure in Liege’s recent domestic success. The 28-year-old played 39 matches, earning nine cautions, during last season’s tilt at the Belgian league title which saw them lose out to Anderlecht by two points.

Liege is in the Champions League qualifiers at present with Ciman playing an hour in last week’s 0-0 first leg draw at home to Panathinaikos.

Ciman has been included in the squad for Tuesday’s second leg trip to Greece after playing a key role in Liege’s 3-2 weekend league win over Kortrjik which maintained their unbeaten start to the new domestic campaign.

The former Club Brugge defender can also operate at right-back but is reportedly contracted to his current club until June 2017.

City are also one of a growing number of clubs said to have expressed an interest in young Gambian striker Modou Barrow who is operating in Swedish football with Ostersunds FK.

Barrow was last month linked with a £1.5m move to Celtic before new boss Ronny Deila shot down that speculation but the Daily Star carried quotes in recent days attributed to his representative saying the Canaries, Everton, Bolton and Sheffield Wednesday had all made contact.

30 comments

  • Good to hear Mellow. Im refusing to believe this one until something with more substance is added to it but sounds a good move should it come to life. Ill tell you one player ill be keeping an eye on and that Jason Shackell. If he gets forced out by Burnley spending money over the course of this season I wouldnt mind seeing him back at NCFC. Always liked him at NCFC and ive heard so many people praising him over last few years. If he falls down the pecking order it be nice but obviously we need players now. Palace will surely have a surplus of centre halves now they've got Hangeland in as well. They along with Keeper Speroni were my secret weapons as I won the fantasy football league I was involved in last season due to the amount of clean sheets they kept. Would have to have a look at their squad and see who gets left out the 25 man squad.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I've seen Ciman play and I can tell you that he is one of the best central defenders going. "Uncompromising" sums him up perfectly. Ok he does pick up the odd card here and there but if we can tempt him to the Chumpionship then it'll be a fantastic acquisition.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Gary O`Neil story has vanished. Is that deal still a possibility?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Whatever has happened to Badsong - is he training with the Blythe School Girls under twelves?

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Brings tears of joy to my eyes Foggo. Always said I would like to have my ashes scattered on the corner of the penalty area at the River End where he use to cut in from the wing.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • It seems I am the only one that found the phrase "raid on Belgium" a tad unfortunate on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • BoF:- It is a shame that our Academy has produced little of late. Or rather, little has been made of what it has produced. Korey Smith and Tom Adeyemi were "nearly". Jed Steer will be OK with Lambo (hopefully). Chris Martin is doing OK at Derby - might he have done so here, or had he had enough chances? Now we have the current crop coming thro` and Adams should know them pretty well. Is this the cunning plan?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Thanks noggin. Happy enough with the life I have. As for Archant-knocking - if I used every chance, there wouldn`t be enough hours in the day...

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Ken Foggo - bought from West Brom in 1967 - brilliant purchase!

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • And why are the products of our own Academy considered inferior to bought-in journeyman foreigners ? Thomas Helveg ( earwig ) the exotic foreign purchase revisited ? What is the point of having an Academy if no-one ( or hardly anyone ) ever gets a game here ? Where is the attraction for the best footballers in all our local high schools to sign up for an apprenticeship with NCFC.s Academy if there is nearly no chance of them getting a game ? answer this :-- A young player is less likely more likely to play his guts out in a green and yellow shirt at Carrow road KNOWING that his relations and friends and neighbours are sitting in the stands ? Do the names Dave Stringer and Clive Payne ring any bells ? Past experience of foreign signings in NCFC's case have generally been bloody awful . ( the reasons for that could actually do with some serious investigation ) , but generally NCFC have bought 5 duds for every 1 reasonable player , and " Stars " have been very rare indeed . Name me some .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • MB still knocking Archant at every chance, no comments on the football aspect of NCFC. Get a life.

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    NoggintheNog

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Appears Ciman is highly rated here. He was also apparently the only outfield player not to get any gametime in Brazil but is solid, hard and versatile. If Standard quality for Champions League tomorrow night (not easy) then he will probably stay where he is. MichiganCanary, 9 new players at Fulham may add it's own issues - for me, if we can add a couple of defenders now and build further in Jan, we're looking pretty good.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • I do think we need to add considerably more strength in defense and mid-field. When I look at all the signings by the other clubs who will be looking for promotion out of the championship, I am concerned that the squad we currently have will be found lacking. Fulham have brought in something like 9 new players, so they appear to be making a statement about going straight back up. I think our new management team may be a bit naive about the expected levels of play in the Championship

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • If that was deliberate, Archant is evil. If it was accidental, Archant is stupid.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Good timing; a raid on Belgium. Lest we forget...

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Looks like Mutch Cardiff to QPR is close to done. Good news for us if it is.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Decent player, Bassong to go the other way!!

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    johnnyp

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • There were lots of negative comments on this site when NA was appointed.. Lots of questions about his lack of experience being able to attract players to the club. I for one was positive that he would and will do a good job for us. I am pleased with the transfers in and out so far although we have to see them in real action of the Championship. If he can keep Leroy, Tettey and Olsen and bring in a good defender I think we will be well set up for the season. Here's hoping

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    NoggintheNog

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • No jumping up and down - sounds a sensible move if true!

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    mardler

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Loosely follow the Belgian results but not heard of him. Will check my Liegeois friends. Belgian squad was solid in all areas with no passengers.Would have expected a Belgian international to aim slightly higher sadly.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • He'll do. Go get him

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • He'd be a rare Belgian international these days - still plying his trade in Belgium. Not familiar with the Standard squad but will check out my sons Panini collection!

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • And Ryan Bennett is sorting a boggy out!

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    borderman

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Russell Martin looks like he is rushing of to be sick at the news!

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    borderman

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • No more imports pleaseeee ... remember me winkle !

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    Colby Army!

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Sounds good to me. Can play centre or right back? Get two of them then.

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    waclor

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • 9 cautions in 39 matches, Ciman by name and Sinman by nature from the sound of it. Interesting nonetheless.

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    Igno Rance

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Sounds interesting. Hopefully some truth in the reports...full prepared for Neil Adams press conference rubbishing the reports.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • I think we desperately need a centre-back. Turner and R Bennett get injured an awful lot. 38 games last season for Ciman shows he's generally pretty fit.

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    Colin

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Would be an upgrade over Sebastien Offsong.

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, August 4, 2014

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