New year, new rumours

Last updated : 01 January 2006 By Rick Lamb
As football fans all over the country drunkenly counted down the last seconds before the opening of the transfer window, sorry the New Year, the hacks at all your favourite Sunday newspapers were beavering away at the rumour mill.

Even through the haze of the morning after, any mention of Norwich City in the tittle-tattle columns sticks out like a canary yellow beacon. This morning, the club were linked with several comings and goings, with an amazing lack of any mention of the coveted Dean Ashton.

England goalie Robert Green is the man reported by the Sunday People to be on his way out of Carrow Road, with Charlton, who are also being linked with Southampton's Antti Niemi by the News of the World. Green is hoping to make Sven Goran Eriksson's World Cup squad, and is bound to be tempted by the prospect of six months in the top flight before the June spectacle. City's recent resurgence, however, may be more helpful to the Academy product, who may be better placed in a successful side in the Championship rather than one struggling in the top flight.

On the way into the club, also according to the Sunday People, could be MK Dons midfielder Dean Lewington. The 21-year-old, son of former Watford boss Ray, has made over 100 appearances for the Dons and their previous incarnation, Wimbledon. He is one of several lower division players linked with the club, along with Giles Coke of Mansfield and Colchester's Mark Yeates, who scored twice yesterday.

Another player who has been in the news this week and is now being linked with a move to Norfolk is England international Francis Jeffers. Jeffers returned to Charlton this week after a spell on loan at Rangers, in which he failed to register a goal in 14 appearances. Nigel Worthington revealed in September that he had been close to securing Jeffers on loan but that the player had opted to go to Ibrox at the last minute. Worthington will face competition for the ex-Arsenal and Everton man from Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock.

NorwichCityMad will endeavour to keep you as up-to-the-minute as possible regarding rumours and transfers during the transfer window.

Happy New Year!