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Lincoln City Hoping To Extend Ragett's Loan

The Lincoln City future of Sean Raggett was a constant source of intrigue and speculation from the end of last season to when he signed for Norwich City in August.

Four months on, little has changed. Having stayed with the Imps on loan, Raggett is due to join up with his parent club in January.

The plan was for the central defender to play for Daniel Farke’s Canaries in the third round of the FA Cup.

Then Norwich drew Premier League champions Chelsea.

It would be the tallest of tall orders for Raggett – still just halfway through his first season in the Football League – to be asked to contain Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard. Talk about being thrown in at the deep end!

The January plan for Raggett is surely now being reviewed with the Imps and Norwich having regular dialogue.

“We’ll have to wait and see,” said Danny Cowley last week. “Drawing Chelsea is a unique tie for Norwich so it will depend on how they want to go about it.

“It would certainly be a tough one for Sean to step into for his first game in a Norwich shirt.

“We’ll keep the lines of communication open with Norwich and see how that one unfolds.”

Former Norwich Star Jacob Murphy Wins Player Of The Month For Newcastle

Jacob Murphy is the FUN88 November player of the month for Newcastle United

The England under-21 international winger was given his chance due to Christian Atsu's injury - and grabbed it with both hands, with some eye-catching displays despite Newcastle's poor form.

United only picked up one point in November but Murphy's performances saw him pick up 61.6 per cent of the vote.

Ciaran Clark, who scored in the 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion, and the ever-reliable Isaac Hayden were also nominated.

Murphy, who joined the Magpies from Norwich in the summer, will be presented with his award ahead of Saturday's home game against Leicester City.

Lotto Winner's Twitter Offer To Pay Former Norwich Player Steven Whittaker To Retire!

Controversial EuroMillions winner Jane Park was so unimpressed by a footballer's performance this weekend that she offered to put up the cash for him to reture!

The 22-year-old, Britain's youngest EuroMillions winner, is a big Hibernian fan.

And on Sunday, the Scot - who at 17 won a cool £1million after buying her first ever EuroMillions ticket - appeared to lose patience with Steven Whittaker during her team’s draw with Celtic.

She tweeted Hibs’ official account, saying: “How much for Whittaker to retire. Can I pay?”

Her post attracted a mixed response, with some Hibees in agreement and others defending their player.

Whittaker, 33, is enjoying a second spell at Easter Road, having coming through the youth ranks before spending five years in the first team. He also has 31 caps for Scotland.

He moved to Rangers for £2m before moving to England with Norwich City before making a heralded return at the start of this season.

But some fans, including Park, don’t seem to be too enamoured with his form so far.

Social media users were split in their reaction to Park’s offer.

A user named Lesley agreed, saying: “He’s absolutely p***.”

Another account said: “Never wanted him back, needs to go, slow as a week in the jail.”

Craig Wilson joined in and aimed criticism at Manchester City loanee Brandon Barker as well. He said: “Can you pay to take that waste of space Barker with him too.”

Norwich fan had some empathy.

Kieran Macklin said: “We was saying that in Norwich for years.”

However others were more supportive of the full back.

David Mudie replied: “Bit OTT. Not his best game today but up against the best winger in Scotland.”

Joe Donohoe echoed that view, saying: “Up against a class player today glad he doesn't meet many more in this league.”

Steven Naismith Makes Long Awaited Injury Return For U23s

Scottish international Steven Naismith made his long-awaited comeback from injury with a 60-minute run out in Sunday’s 1-0 Premier League Two development win for Norwich City’s U23s against Middlesbrough’s U23s.

Naismith, Russell Martin and Marcel Franke featured as over-age outfield players for Matty Gill’s squad, which also included fit-again full-back Jamal Lewis, in a useful workout against the table-topping Teessiders at Colney.

Pierre Fonkeu’s 18th minute strike earned Gill’s squad the points to cap a fine weekend for the club following a 3-1 Championship win over Sheffield Wednesday at Carrow Road.

“We’re really pleased with the three points but ultimately really pleased with the performance and the individuals within that,” said Gill, speaking to the club’s official site.

“We’d come off the back of a poor run as far as results are concerned so to go back-to-back 1-0 wins is great.

“I think it was built on a solid foundation, being really organised out of possession, and that allowed us to show what we’re good at in possession and in our attacking play. Pierre was excellent.

“We had lots of help from the senior boys and I also think Jamal getting 90 minutes under his belt is excellent.

“His fitness levels are outstanding, to think he’s been out for that long, he was still charging into their box in the last five minutes.”

Naismith was back in City colours for the first time since a League Cup win against Charlton in August after being sidelined with an ankle ligament injury.

Former Norwich Striker Kei Kamara Joins Vancouver Whitecaps

In signing Kamara who is tenth on the all time MLS scorers table, Vancouver now have a powerful centre forward who should fit into head coach Carl Robinson's setup that relies heavily on crosses and set pieces.

With 98 goals in 286 MLS appearances over 11 seasons, the Whitecaps will be the six-foot-three, 190-pound Kamara's seventh stop in North America after also playing for Norwich City and Middlesbrough in England.

"It's all about feeding the striker," said Kamara, who has added five goals in 12 playoff games. "I want that pressure on me."

The Whitecaps will be looking to build on a 2018 season that saw them reach the Western Conference semifinal before bowing out to the Seattle Sounders in a two-game aggregate series where Vancouver registered just one tepid shot on target.

Kamara had a career-high 22 goals for Columbus in 2015 to help the Crew reach the MLS Cup final, and has scored a dozen times each of the last two seasons.

On Loan Norwich Keeper Remi Matthews Making HIs Mark At Home Park

With three clean sheets and one vital penalty save in his first four games for Plymouth Argyle, Remi Matthews is certainly making an impact at Home Park, even if his future is uncertain.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper’s emergency loan from Norwich City will end the moment that one of the Pilgrims’ three injured custodians – probably Luke McCormick – recovers from injury.

“Luke is doing all he can to get fit – of course he is,” said Remi, who helped the Pilgrims to a 1-0 Sky Bet League One win at Bradford by saving Tony McMahon’s late penalty after Jake Jervis had put the Pilgrims ahead in the 35th-minute.

“Once that happens, it’s time for me to go down the road and that’s just the way it is.

“When I first came in, I thought it was going to be one or two games; thankfully, for me, it’s been longer.

“From Day One, I have enjoyed it since I have been here. The lads have been a different class. They have made me feel welcome; the fans have made me feel welcome. It’s a nice place to be and the atmosphere is excellent.”

Since Remi’s arrival at Home Park, Argyle have picked up seven points from nine in the league and progressed to the second round of the FA Cup. The only time he has been beaten, in a 1-1 home draw with Rochdale, the goals was tinged by good fortune for the visitors.

Against Bradford, he made two outstanding saves to tip over shots from Paul Taylor before thwarting McMahon from 12 yards, but he was insistent on spreading the plaudits around.

“It’s not about me – it’s about the team,” he said. “Of course, I made the penalty save, but that’s what I’m here to do. I’ve been brought in to make saves and hopefully help the team to win games.

“At the minute, that is what we have been doing, and all I can ask is for the team to keep doing what they are doing.

“The team has been excellent even before I got here. The problem has been that we haven’t been picking up results and luckily, at the minute, we are; you can see, from the last four or five games, we have been good.

“We can only keep pushing on. We have just got to keep getting as many points as we can and hopefully get out of relegation as quick as we can.

“It was a massive win for the lads.

“Once we got the goal, they were probably going to be on top for the majority of the game but we defended unbelievably and, when you have got that in front of you, you can’t ask for any more.  I thought Sonny [Bradley] was a different class and, even from the top, I thought we were excellent.”

The defining moment of the defensive display came ten minutes before the end, when referee Carl Boyeson awarded a penalty for a foul by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair on Romain Vincelot.

Remi said: “My honest opinion was that it looked soft, but the ref’s made his decision and you have just got to forget about it and start thinking about making the save which, luckily, I did.

“I had a guess. I saw [McMahon] have a little look the other way so I thought I’m maybe going to have a little step that way and go back the way he went. Sometimes it makes no difference – you just have to go with your instincts.”

Norwich Keeper Gunn Called Up To England Senior Squad

Angus Gunn has been called into England’s senior side for Tuesday’s friendly against Brazil.

City keeper Gunn, who is on loan from Manchester City, played the full 90 minutes for England U21 in their 2-0 win over Ukraine on Friday in European Championship qualification.

He has been in fine form for the Canaries, helping to keep seven clean sheets this season. His dad, Bryan Gunn, was capped six times by Scotland and was a member of the squad that travelled to the 1990 World Cup.

Gareth Southgate’s men take on Brazil at Wembley on Tuesday (8pm), following on from their 0-0 draw with Germany on Friday evening.

Gunn Starts As Maddison Comes Off Bench For England U21 Debut

Norwich City star James Maddison made his England Under-21s debut on Friday afternoon, playing the final stages of a vital European Championship qualifier.

Maddison replaced Dominic Solanke – scorer of England’s first goal in a 2-0 win – in the 81st minute.

His Carrow Road team-mate, goalkeeper Angus Gunn, played the full 90 minutes in Kiev.

Liverpool’s Solanke - who may be called up for the senior team’s friendly against Brazil – netted after 15 minutes with England’s second an own goal by Pavlo Lukyanchuk just after the hour mark.

Following a draw in Holland, Aidy Boothroyd’s men have beaten Latvia, Scotland and Andorra and are in control of qualifying group four after four wins and a draw.

Eight of the starting XI in Kiev were Under-20 World Cup winners this summer.

Maddison earned his call-up after a string of impressive and eye-catching Championship performances for the Canaries.