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Transfer News: Remi Matthews In Hamilton Academical Loan

Remi Matthews has joined Hamilton Academical on a season-long loan after signing a new contract with the Canaries.

The 22-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a fresh two-year deal at Carrow Road, with the option for a further 12 months.

He will now join Alex Neil's former side Hamilton for the remainder of the 2016-17 campaign after temporary stints in Sky Bet League One with Burton Albion and Doncaster Rovers last season.

Matthews told canaries.co.uk: "It's always nice to have that security behind me, so to have another year under my belt is a positive step.

"The coaching staff felt that I need to be playing more games so hopefully I can go up to Hamilton and play as much as possible.

"I was out on loan twice last year and felt like I was improving with every game, so I'm looking to build on that and show everyone what I can do." 

Matthews, who has been at Norwich since the age of ten, is yet to make his competitive debut for the Club but featured for half an hour in the first team's friendly win over Walsall last Saturday.

Neil added at Friday's press conference: "Remi needs to go out and get some games, and he'll go up to Hamilton and hopefully get a good season under his belt.

"You've got Celtic and now Rangers in that league, so it will be really competitive for him."

Norwich City Manager Alex Neil Expects To Be Busy As Transfer Window Speeds Up

Norwich City manager Alex Neil says the club will be active in the remaining weeks of the transfer window.

The Canaries have only managed to bring in one new face so far this summer, with highly-rated Liverpool winger Sergi Canós joining in a £2.5 million deal earlier this week.

Talking to the press today, Neil said that work is going on behind the scenes to attract further additions and added that he was hopeful there would be some positive news soon.  "We will be doing business before the window ends, there's no question about that.  I'm not going to specify what positions we're looking for but we've got a lot of irons in a lot of fires and hopefully something will happen quite soon."

Neil also made it clear that the club are under no pressure to sell their star players as they gear up for a promotion push in The Championship next season.

Winger Nathan Redmond left Carrow Road to join Southampton last month, but the Canaries are keen to keep the number of outgoings to a minimum.

"I think it's important we send a message out that we're not going to be losing our best players" Neil said.  "Our best players are going to be staying here. Nathan was an exception. Everybody is always going to have their price at any club, but we won't be letting people walk out the door for less than what we value them at."

On a busy day at Colney, 19-year-old Canós was also introduced to the media for the first time and talked about his decision to move to Norfolk.

He admitted that other clubs had shown an interest in him but he had his heart set on joining Alex Neil's side.

"At the end I chose Norwich, because they showed belief in me. That's what I need at my age. It's a very familiar club and they have 27,000 fans in the stadium every game so that was important."

Norwich Manager Alex Neil

Alex Neil in 'No Rush' To Sell Irish Star Robbie Brady

Norwich City boss Alex Neil says the Championship side are "in no rush" to sell winger Robbie Brady, the Republic of Ireland international, 24, made 36 appearances for the Canaries last season after joining from Hull for £7m in July 2015.

He could not prevent them going down and has been linked with Premier League champions Leicester after scoring against Italy at Euro 2016.

"We'll wait and see what happens with that situation," Neil told BBC Norfolk. "But we're certainly in no rush to move Robbie, or anything like it.

"I think some people questioned the fee when I bought him, but I'm pretty sure nobody's suggesting that's a bad fee now."

Neil has made just one summer signing so far, with Spain Under-19 winger Sergi Canos moving to Carrow Road from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee, believed to be about £2.5m.

"We'll have (more) business done before the window ends," added Neil.

"We're making every effort to get things done, but what you can't allow to happen is you can't be bullied by price.

"You can't be bullied by some tactics that other clubs will deploy at times, so what we've got to do is be strong, brave and make sure we see it through and eventually get the bodies in, which we will."

Transfer Rumours: Brighton Interested In Russell Martin

Brighton & Hove Albion are lining up a move for Norwich City defender Russell Martin according to a number of internet based rumours doing the rounds at the moment, all seemingly eminating from the ever popular 'a source close to the club' but it wouldn't be totally implausible, would it?

Brighton boss, Chris Hughton knows Martin well, from his two years as Norwich manager and is said to be an admirer. They also suggest that Lewis Dunk may leave the Seagulls for the Premier League and that versatile Martin is seen by the management team on the south coast as an ideal replacement.

Martin is 30 now and seems to have lost that bit of pace that saw him named the 'Norfolk Cafu' for his barnstorming runs and regular goals from right back.

To my mind though, his versatility is still an asset at this level and I would prefer to keep him. Doesn't Hughton want Seb Bassong instead?

Transfer Rumour: Grant Hanley Interesting Norwich City

Blackburn Rovers centre half Grant Hanley is a target for Norwich City, reports The Daily Express, with The Express suggesting that Rovers would sell Hanley for around £6m.

The 24 year old is set to leave Ewood Park this summer and has already been the subject of unsuccessful £5m bids from both Newcastle and Sheffield Wednesday.

The Express report that the interest from the Canaries is being driven by City's new first team coach, Alan Irvine, who knows Hanley well from his previous job as Blackburn's assistant manager.

Grant Hanley is only 24 years old, and has made 183 appearances for Rovers, scoring 8 goals and also has 23 Caps for Scotland, where he often plays alongside Russell Martin.

No doubt the Scottish connection of Martin, Whittaker and Naismith, not to mention the Scottish coaching set up will have contacts with Hanley and be able to sound him out.

Transfer Rumour: Norwich Chase Sweedish Central Defender Helander

Newcastle United and Norwich City are both looking to bolster their squad for the upcoming Championship season, one target that both recently relegated clubs seems to share is Hellas Verona’s Sweedish International central defender Filip Helander, according to Gazza Mercato.

Following Hellas Verona’s relegation from Italy’s top flight Serie A last season, it is looking that the Gialloblu will be raided this summer, and with Pierluigi Gollini already signing for Aston Villa in the Championship, it is now looking likely that Newcastle United and Norwich City will attempt to prise Helander away from the Italian club.

Filip Helander is a talented 23-year-old centre half who has Champions League experience when he was at Swedish side Malmo, and has also earned the international recognition to play for his national side, Sweden.

With Newcastle United looking beyond Grant Hanley in their pursuit of a centre half, Rafa Benitez may opt to bring in the Swedish international.

With Helander likely to leave Hellas Verona this summer, Newcastle United or Norwich City could potentially be his next destination.

Norwich City board to 'take their time' appointing new Chief Executive

The chairman of Norwich City football club Ed Balls insists the board will take their time in appointing a new chief executive, even though the new football season starts three weeks today.

He was speaking at the opening of the new Academy facilities at Colney yesterday.

That was performed by Delia Smith, Michael Wynn Jones and Michael Foulger to mark their twenty years as club directors.

Since David McNally's resignation in May, the club has had Steve Stone working in an interim role. But Mr Balls says they're determined to get the right appointment, no matter how long it takes.

Transfer Rumour: City Ready To Launch £7m Assombalonga Bid

Norwich City are reportedly considering a £7m bid for Nottingham Forest's star striker Britt Assombalonga.

The Sun say the Championship side are interested in Assombalonga, who is playing again after a knee injury threatened to rob him of his career.

The former Peterborough United striker is yet to prove he is fully back to his best after being out for 13 months, but the Canaries are seemingly undaunted as they seek fresh firepower following relegation.

They have previously been linked with Dwight Gayle, who joined Newcastle, and Steven Fletcher, who went to Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer.