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Transfer Rumour: Sunderland And Middlesbrough To Fight Over Jerome

Middlesbrough will battle it out with Sunderland as Norwich City tell Cameron Jerome that he can leave Carrow Road.

With Newcastle United roaring back to the Premier League, lifting the Championship title along the way, at least some fans in the North East had something to cheer last season.

Because while the Magpies finished top of the second tier, local rivals Middlesbrough and Sunderland finished just one and two places above them in the English football table.

Ending the season in 19th and 20th place in the Premier League, Boro and the Black Cats will be playing in the Championship next season. And, as by far the two lowest scorers in the Premier League in 2016/17, it does not take a genius to work out that attacking reinforcements are a must.

And it appears that they have both had the same thought. The Shields Gazette claim that Middlesbrough and Sunderland will go head-to-head for the signature of Cameron Jerome this summer after the striker was told he could leave Norwich City.

Though it may be a little over-dramatic to suggest that great minds think alike, Jerome is exactly the kind of striker who could make the transition to the second tier a little easier. He netted 16 times in 40 games for Norwich last season, a respectable record made more impressive when you consider they finished well adrift of the play-off places.

Therefore, with Sunderland losing Jermain Defoe, scorer of over half of their 29 league goals last season, and Victor Anichebe and Fabio Borini set to move elsewhere, nabbing Jerome is an opportunity Sunderland can’t afford to miss.

Missing out to Boro could make the difference between Sunderland pushing for the top six or falling into mid-table mediocrity.

Transfer News: Christoph Zimmermann becomes fourth Norwich City signing

Norwich City have made German centre-back Christoph Zimmermann their fourth signing of the summer so far.

The 24-year-old played under Canaries Head Coach Daniel Farke at Borussia Dortmund II where he was captain.

Zimmermann, who is 6ft 4in tall, came through Borussia Mönchengladbach's academy and is capable of playing anywhere across the back four.

He's signed a two-year deal at Carrow Road and will officially join on July 1 when his contract at Dortmund expires.

"I’m extremely delighted and very honoured for the opportunity.  I’m already counting the days to get started. I’ve had a really positive first impression, so I’m looking forward to meeting all the guys and I cannot wait to start working." said the new Norwich player

Norwich Head Coach Daniel Farke is convinced that Zimmermann can step up to playing in The Championship, and has backed him to be a success.

“He’s very big, tall, strong and powerful and he’s an intelligent boy," Farke said.

"He was my captain of my under-23 team at Borussia Dortmund, and he fits English football because of his powerful way.

“We’re very happy he’s chosen to come to Norwich.”

Transfer News: Zimmerman Signs From Borussia Dortmund II

Christoph Zimmermann is relishing getting stuck into the thick of Championship battle for Norwich City, simply stating: “Defending is my passion.”

The tall centre-back has signed on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund II, following head coach Daniel Farke to Norfolk, having captained the German’s team last season – when they had the best defensive record in their league.

Zimmermann, 24 and 6ft 4ins tall, feels his style will suit English football.

“Of course with my physical constitution I like the in-fights, I like winning headers,” the new Canaries defender said. “And, first of all, as a defender I like to defend and I like it if we don’t concede any goals – that’s always the biggest aim for a defender.

“Defending is my passion: sliding tackles on wet grass, headers, all of that sort of stuff which we would call man’s football – that’s what I like.”

Dortmund conceded just 25 goals in 34 games in Regionalliga West, in the fourth tier of German football, and Zimmermann is pleased to be joining Farke and his assistant Eddie Riemer in England.

“I’m extremely delighted and very honoured for the opportunity,” he continued. “First of all, the connection is obvious because I worked together with the head coach Daniel Farke in Dortmund, and I had extremely good experiences with him.

“And Norwich City has some history in the Premier League and is a well-known club, and also the city seems really interesting and looks good.

“All of that together made it definitely the best option for me to take this summer after my contract with Dortmund ran out. That left me free to do whatever I wanted to do, and that was a good position for me, and so I chose Norwich.”

Transfer News: Declan Rudd to Preston in £1m Deal

PRESTON have agreed a fee with Norwich to bring Declan Rudd back to Deepdale acording to reports in The Sun this morning

The 26-year-old had an option triggered on his Carrow Road contract but that has not stopped Simon Grayson targeting him.

Preston are ready to pay £1million for the goalkeeper, who will discuss personal terms before securing his move.

Rudd was at Charlton on loan last season where he has been No.1 for the League One side.

But he is set to move back to the Championship, with Preston snapping him up after monitoring his progress.

Rudd spent two separate loan spells with North End while he was an understudy to John Ruddy at Carrow Road.

And with highly-rated youngster Angus Gunn arriving from Manchester City on loan, Rudd has been looking at his options for next season.

He returned to Norwich from Preston three years ago and was allowed out on loan again this season to get regular games.

But he is set to compete with Chris Maxwell as Grayson’s first-choice as Preston look to mount a promotion challenge next season.

Transfer Rumour: Rangers Pursuit Of Dorrans Continues

RANGERS will continue their pursuit of Graham Dorrans and Jamie Walker as manager Pedro Caixinha looks to add further reinforcements to his Ibrox squad.

The Portuguese has completed five deals so far this summer as Bruno Alves, Ryan Jack, Fabio Cardoso, Dalcio and Daniel Candeias have put pen-to-paper.

And the moves to bring Dorrans and Walker are ongoing as the countdown continues to the Gers’ return to the Europa League and the new Premiership campaign.

SportTimes revealed on Wednesday that Norwich had rejected a second bid in the region of £1million for midfielder Dorrans but the Light Blues are poised to return to the negotiating table to strike a deal., with Norwich believed to be holding out for what they perceive to be market value - a sum in the region of £1.5-2m

 

Transfer Rumour: Loan Move For Highly Rated Defender Krystian Bielik

In an interview with what is reported to be the official website of the Polish national football team, Krystian Bielik has stated that he is on the verge of joining Championship side Norwich City on loan.

The 19 year old center back joined Arsenal from Legia Warsaw in 2015 as a defensive midfielder but was transitioned into defence over the course of his Arsenal youth career.

He was sent out on loan to Championship side Birmingham City for the second half of the 2016/17 season and did well in his 10 appearances for the club, although he did not feature much after the introduction of Harry Redknapp as club manager.

A mobile, solid defender with the passing ability of a midfielder, Bielik fits the mold of a modern Premier League center back, and with Norwich City’s manager Daniel Farke coming from Borussia Dortmund II, it seems safe to assume that he will be implementing a possession-based, attacking system with the Canaries.

Bielik has seeming maxed out his ability to grow in the youth ranks so this move would be a positive one for his development, and a strong campaign in the second division of English football could propel him into consideration for the Arsenal first-team next season, particularly if the club retains the back three formation it currently prefers.

Transfer Rumour: Krystian Bielik Loan Move To Norwich City In Pipeline

In an interview with what is reported to be the official website of the Polish national football team, Krystian Bielik has stated that he is on the verge of joining Championship side Norwich City on loan.

The 19 year old center back joined the Gunners from Legia Warsaw in 2015 as a defensive midfielder but was transitioned into defence over the course of his Arsenal youth career.

He was sent out on loan to Championship side Birmingham City for the second half of the 2016/17 season and did well in his 10 appearances for the club, although he did not feature much after the introduction of Harry Redknapp as club manager.

A mobile, solid defender with the passing ability of a midfielder, Bielik fits the mold of a modern Premier League center back, and with Norwich City’s manager Daniel Farke coming from Borussia Dortmund II, it seems safe to assume that he will be implementing a possession-based, attacking system with the Canaries.

Bielik has seeming maxed out his ability to grow in the youth ranks so this move would be a positive one for his development, and a strong campaign in the second division of English football could propel him into consideration for the Arsenal first-team next season, particularly if the club retains the back three formation it currently prefers.

Alan Irvine: Norwich City's former caretaker manager leaves Championship club

Norwich City's first-team coach and former caretaker manager Alan Irvine has left the Championship club.

The 58-year-old took temporary charge of the Canaries before Daniel Farke's appointment as head coach in May.

The former Preston and Sheffield Wednesday boss had joined Norwich's coaching staff in 2016, working under then-boss Alex Neil at Carrow Road.

The Canaries won five and drew two of their 10 games while Irvine was in interim charge of the team in 2016-17.

"We have had a chat together about a role here and Alan has decided that he would like to move on to explore a future challenge. We respect his decision and wish him all the very best," sporting director Stuart Webber told the club website.

Irvine added: "My ambition now is to return to management as quickly as possible."