It is that time of year again. For the next couple of months, transfer speculation will be the main headline maker when it comes to football in England. It is what keeps Sky Sports News in business over the summer and it is what keeps interest in football high.
Even though Norwich City’s transfer activity won’t be high on the public interest, for us fans preparing for life in League One, it seems a safe football bet that it will be one of the most important transfer window for a number of years.
How we react to relegation could determine our long-term future and how we react to relegation will be determined by the squad of players we have. Therefore, it is crucial that Bryan Gunn and co spend whatever money they have very wisely indeed.
As I have mentioned on here before, we need a group of contracted players who are committed to Norwich City. Obviously they have to have the ability to excel at League One level as well. So, let’s look at who Gunn has reportedly been eyeing so far this summer.
Grant Holt, Shrewsbury, Striker – The former Nottingham Forest man is one of the more recent names to be linked with a move to Carrow Road. Holt was the top scorer in League Two last season with 20 goals in 43 appearances.
Miguel Angel Llera, MK Dons, Defender – The 29-year-old central defender is, according to reports, considering a contract offer from Norwich after turning down a new deal atMK Dons. At 6ft 4in, he is a commanding presence and could be exactly what the Canaries defence needs.
Michael Nelson, Hartlepool, Defender – If these rumours are to be believed, it seems that Gunn is keen to strengthen the defence more than anything else. Nelson is stalling over a new deal at Hartlepool and has an excellent reputation as one of the best defenders in League One.
Dan Woodards, Crewe Alexandra, Defender – Much like Nelson, it seems as though Woodards is delaying signing a new deal at his current club and this is attracting the interest of Gunn. The 25-year-old can operate anywhere across the defence, although he prefers to play at right-back.
These are the main names that have been mentioned so far. However, another one I heard doing the rounds was Dean Windass! Not sure what to make of that one!
Anyway, until anything is confirmed, it is quite hard to comment on Gunn’s transfer policy. Let’s be patient and see what develops over the next few weeks.
By Thomas Rooney
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