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Norwich City transfer rumours: Canaries to rival Burnley and Cardiff for Motherwell defender Ben Heneghan

PUBLISHED: 14:32 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:49 15 June 2017

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Another name has been added to the mix as Norwich City chase centre-back reinforcements this summer, with the Canaries said to be monitoring Motherwell 23-year-old Ben Heneghan.

Burnley are leading the chase for the Scottish Premiership club’s defender, according to The Sun, who made 43 appearances last season after being signed on a free from Chester.

The Manchester-born defender, who stands at 6ft 4ins tall, was with Everton and Stoke as a youngster but started playing regularly across two seasons in the National League with Chester to attract the interest of Motherwell.

He has since been linked with Rangers but Norwich and Cardiff are both side to be rivalling Burnley for Heneghan’s signature this summer, who is said to be available for around £300,000.

The Canaries currently only have Timm Klose and Russell Martin as recognised senior centre-backs on their books, as they have allowed Ryan Bennett, Sebastien Bassong and Michael Turner to leave on free transfers this summer.

Arsenal defender Krystian Bielik has already revealed he is set to spend the coming season on loan at Norwich, after spending the second half of last season at Birmingham City, while towering Lincoln City centre-back Sean Raggett is another to have been linked.

Sporting director Stuart Webber has set about revitalising the Canaries defence after a dreadful record of 69 conceded in 46 games last season, with just two Championship clubs conceding more goals, wasting the joint best attacking record in the division to finish outside the play-offs by 10 points.

Since new head coach Daniel Farke has arrived the signings of forward Marley Watkins and midfielder Mario Vrancic have been confirmed, as well as a season-long loan deal for keeper Angus Gunn.

No centre-backs have yet arrived though, with the German’s contacts in his homeland expected to prompt similar deals to the signing of Vrancic from relegated Bundesliga side Darmstadt in the coming months.

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