Norwich sell deadwood
...but replacements are nowhere to be seen
Norwich have continued their clean-out this summer, as the club confirmed the departures of seven
more players, bringing the number of players leaving Carrow Road to a grand total of eleven.
Fan favourite Wes Hoolahan
leaves for recently relegated Reading for a fee of £3.4m
. Meanwhile, Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay has decided to strengthen his squad with a winger, and for that reason has taken Elliott Bennett
off Norwich's hands in exchange for £3.1m. Midfielder Jonny Howson
has joined Paolo di Canio's revolution at the Stadium of Light, and the Wearside club have parted with £3.7m
for the 24-year-old.
The third former Leeds United player to leave Norwich this summer is Argentine Luciano Becchio
. The forward only arrived in January in a part exchange deal for Steve Morison, but not been able to find his form. Fulham will take the striker to London for a generous sum of £5m
. Leon Barnett
and Daniel Ayala
have been shipped off to Doncaster and Granada respectively, for around £1m
each, while midfielder Bradley Johnson
was the shock departure among them all, joining former captain Grant Holt at Wigan for just £1.5m
- a move that hasn't gone down well with the fans at all.
While the overall reaction from the fans to the sales is positive - mainly due to the amount of money earned - the Canaries supporters are growing increasingly frustrated at the club's inability to sign replacements. With pre-season scheduled to start in under a month, the number of first team players has dwindled down to just eighteen.
Ashton has only made approaches for two players so far, but has failed to sign either of them. The club had a £3m
offer accepted for Cagliari midfielder Albin Ekdal
, but the Swede turned them down in favour of a move to Udinese. Norwich were also successful with a £7m
bid for Swansea's Nathan Dyer
, but the pacey winger has rejected their approach in order to stay at the Liberty Stadium for the club's campaign in next season's Europa League competition.
With the deals out of the club sorted, Ashton will need to move quickly to bring in players or risk fan outrage. But with a transfer kitty of £9m
- boosted by sales of players for a total of £48.5m
- it shouldn't be too difficult for the Canaries manager.