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Transfer Rumour: Rangers Ready To Up Dorrans Bid

Glasgow Rangers are ready to table a second bid for Norwich City midfielder Graham Dorrans according to the Daily Express.

The Scottish side have already had a bid, believed to be in the region of £700,000 rejected and are set to go back in with another for £1 million although that is still short of the Canaries’ valuation.

The Carrow Road outfit value the Scotland international at £1.5m but with a need to reduce the wage bill at Norwich there is a chance that a cut-price deal could be achieved.

The 30-year-old will be keen on a move to Ibrox to reignite a Scotland career which has stalled on 12 caps since he made his debut for his country in 2009.

Should Rangers manage to agree a deal to sign the former West Bromwich Albion man, the midfielder would join Ryan Jack, Bruno Alves, Dalcio and Fabio Cardoso through the Ibrox entrance this summer and he is unlikely to be the last to arrive either.

Pedro Caixinha is hoping to secure the signings of Carlos Vela and Eduardo Herrera with the club just waiting to see if they will be given work permits before completing the deals.

Transfer Rumour: Burnley make enquiry for Norwich's Jonny Howson

HITC Sport is this afternoon reporting that it understands Burnley have made an enquiry for the Norwich midfielder, who is also being chased by his old club Leeds.

Burnley are hoping to beat Leeds United to the signing of Norwich City midfielder Johnny Howson, HITC Sport claims from sources close to the club.

Norwich are reluctantly willing to listen to offers for Howson as they look to raise funds for their own transfer plans this summer.

Howson, who still has two years to run on his deal at Carrow Road, made 39 appearances last season, scoring six goals and contributing eight assists.

Leeds have been linked with making a move to bring former Whites captain and boyhood fan Howson back to Elland Road, but Burnley are aiming to steal a march on their rivals by luring the player to Turf Moor.

Burnley are in the market for midfield reinforcements this summer after Joey Barton was released at the end of the season following his ban for 18 months by the Football Association for betting offences.

Burnley have made their interest in Howson known to Norwich, but they have yet to make a firm offer for the 29-year-old.

Burnley, who finished in 16th spot in the Premier League last season, hope the lure of playing in the top-flight will give them the edge in the chase for Howson.

Transfer Rumour: Norwich To Fill Ruddy's Boots With Angus Gunn Loan

According to sources in the North West Manchester City are keen for Angus, son of former Norwich and Scotland goalkeeper Bryan Gunn, to gain some first team experience at the age of 21, and ready to send him on loan to his father’s former club Norwich for the coming season who have decided not to renew the contract of first choice goalkeeper John Ruddy

Angus Gunn, an England under-21 international who was on the bench late in the season for Manchester City following Bravo’s injury

Naismith Determined To Stay And Impress

Steven Naismith is aiming to impress new Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke and has no plans to leave Carrow Road before the end of his contract.

The Scotland striker does envisage a return to the domestic scene in his homeland - but not in the near future.

Naismith was not an automatic first choice after Norwich dropped down to the Championship in England.

"They changed the manager and, looking forward, it's going to be really exciting," said the 30-year-old.

Naismith moved to Carrow Road from Everton in January 2016, but he was unable to help prevent Alex Neil's Canaries being relegated and fell out of favour under his fellow Scot.

After Neil was sacked in March, the striker was a more regular starter as Norwich ended the season with another Scotsman, Alan Irvine, in interim charge.

Naismith realises more game-time will again be his goal under former Borussia Dortmund reserve-team coach Farke.

"That's a factor," he said. "As you get older, it's all about routine and playing, so that's when you do need to think about playing more.

"I've got two years left of my contract there, I still think I can contribute massively and help the club get to where they want to be, and we'll see how it goes in pre-season."

Naismith has worked under a number of managers in his career and hopes Farke will have a similar impact on him as Roberto Martinez did at Everton.

"You've got a new manager, a German, so it's something new for me," he said. "I'm hoping to learn lots from him.

"Growing up, I had a lot of British-based managers who gave me my fundamental learning skills for what I've got and the type of player I am.

"I had Martinez - that was the total opposite - and he gave me a whole new dimension on how to play the game.

"I loved that and now, hopefully with the new manager, I'll learn much more.

"The club has had a shake-up and no player at the club is safe - and that's probably a good situation for the club in terms of moving forward."

Farke has already added Marley Watkins, the former Inverness Caledonian Thistle winger, from Barnsley to his forward options, but Naismith has no thoughts of being squeezed out at Carrow Road.

"I signed expecting to see out my contract and that's what I think I'll be doing," said the Scot, who scored seven times in 32 appearances in the 2016-17 season.

"I'll go down for pre-season. Obviously, when any new manager comes in, that can change if you're not in his plans.

"I'm going back to work as hard as I can, show my worth and hopefully he accepts me and wants me to be a big part of his squad."

Naismith's former club, Rangers, are embarking on a reshaping of their squad under new manager Pedro Caixinha, but Naismith does not see himself returning to Scotland just yet.

"I think I will come back to Scotland at some point to play, to finish off hopefully, and I'll assess my options when that day comes, but I don't like to think too far in front," he added.

Transfer Rumour: Lafferty Linked With Azerbaijan

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty could be in line for a shock move to Azerbaijani champions Qarabeg.

One week before Northern Ireland's vital World Cup qualifier in Baku, it has been reported in Azerbaijan that free agent Lafferty is high on a list of targets for Qarabeg who have set their sights on making the Champions League group stages next season.

Following a frustrating season of inactivity Lafferty left Championship club Norwich City and is now on the look-out for a new club with international boss Michael O'Neill saying earlier this week that the 29-year-old front man needed to be playing on a more regular basis.

The Fermanagh man would prefer to make a move to a team in the UK, but as his career has shown with transfers to Sion (Switzerland), Palermo (Italy) and Caykur Rizespor (Turkey) he has never been afraid to travel around Europe and is open to offers from abroad.

Qarabag have won their domestic league for the last four years and are planning to splash the cash in order to make an impact in the Champions League. They will enter the competition in the second qualifying round and have identified a number of players who they believe can take them into the group stages.

Lafferty is on that list. Already one of Northern Ireland's most recognisable performers and the country's second highest goalscorer ever, there will be increased interest in the ex-Rangers ace when he and his team-mates touch down in Baku prior to the World Cup game.

Transfer News: Rangers Told To Increase Dorrans Bid

Rangers have lodged a £1million bid for Graham Dorrans – but Norwich City are holding out for another £500,000 before letting the Scotland international sign for his boyhood heroes.

New Ibrox boss Pedro Caixinha is wasting little time in overhauling the squad inherited from Mark Warburton in March.
Former Aberdeen skipper Ryan Jack and Portuguese international defender Bruno Alves have already been snapped up.

Mexican midfielder Carlos Pena also appears to be close to joining Rangers after travelling to Glasgow for a medical – although the delays involved in applying for a work permit mean he isn't expected to report with the majority of the first-team squad when they return to training on Monday.

Now the move for midfielder Dorrans appears much closer to completion following a serious bid by the Ibrox club.

The 30-year-old signed a new three-year contract at Carrow Road last summer but he is one of the big names being lined up for the exit as Norwich look to shake up their squad before next season.

However, the Canaries have slapped a £1.5m fee on the head of the former West Bromwich Albion playmaker.

Despite missing three months with a knee injury, Dorrans still managed to score six goals in 24 appearances for Norwich as they finished eighth in the Championship.

Caixinha sees the ex-Livingston man, who has won 12 full Scotland caps, as a key addition to a completely revamped midfield.

It is understood that Dorrans is keen to return to Scotland, with the chance to sign on at Ibrox a major attraction for the lifelong Rangers supporters.

Transfer Rumour: Aston Villa & Norwich City in contention to sign Amari'i Bell

Aston Villa have joined Norwich City in the race for Fleetwood Town defender Amari'i Bell, according to The Blackpool Gazette.

The 23-year-old left-back is valued at £1 million by the League One outfit due to the fact he is heading into the final year of his contract.

And the Blackpool Gazette claim that Aston Villa and Norwich are both willing to stump up the money needed to prise the talented full-back from Fleetwood.

Bell had an excellent season with Uwe Rosler's side - who lost to Bradford in a playoff semi-final - and scored three times in 53 games across all competitions.

The report goes on to state that the duo's Championship rivals Birmingham City are also in contention to sign him.

Their reported interest is rather embarrassing, given the fact that he was released by the Blues two years ago.

Marley Watkins: Norwich City to sign Barnsley forward on three-year deal

Norwich City have agreed to sign Barnsley forward Marley Watkins on an initial three-year contract.

The 26-year-old, who received his first Wales call-up last week, rejected a new deal at Oakwell and becomes new head coach Daniel Farke's first signing.

He scored 10 goals in 45 appearances for the Tykes last season and will officially join Norwich on 1 July.

"Norwich is a club with ambitions to be in the Premier League so I'm happy to have made this decision," Watkins said.

German Farke, who was appointed on 25 May, added: "He scored 10 goals and got nine assists, and can play either as a forward or on the wing. He's physical and a good character, who gives us another option in attack."

The Canaries have the option to extend Watkins' deal by a further year.