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Transfer Rumour: Smith Plotting Villa Swoop Already

Dean Smith has only had one game as Norwich City head coach, an eventful game at home against Southamption that the Canaries ended up winning 2-1.  However, the transfer rumours have started already with the new man reported in a number of online media outlets to be plotting a raid on his previous club Aston Villa.

It has been reported on Sunday that newly appointed Norwich head coach Dean Smith is plotting a reunion with midfielder Conor Hourihane when the window reopens at the start of January.

Hourihane moved to Aston Villa at a time when Steve Bruce was still the manager of the Midlands team, but he then went on to feature a further 74 times under Smith, scoring on 15 occasions, and adding a vital further 14 assists.

The 30-year-old also played a important role in Villa's play-off campaign as Dean Smith went on to lead them to promotion back to the top division and the Premier League in 2019.

Hourihane is currently away from Villa on loan at Championship side Sheffield United but he has not been a regular starter at Bramall Lane.

 

Dean Smith Searching For New Striker Already

New Norwich City Head Coach Dean Smith is reported to be interested in signing a new striker in the upcoming transfer window to bolster the attacking options at his disposal at his new club Norwich City.

The former Aston Villa boss will take charge of the club for the first time this weekend when the Canaries play Southampton, which will allow him to have a lfirst ook at his players inmatch day competitive action.

However, Football Insider have reported that Smith is looking at his options to sign in the impending transfer window and a Premier League quality striker is understood to be at the top of that wish list.

No team has scored fewer goals than Norwich so far this season, with the team having only found the back of the net five times so far in the opening 11 games.

Teemu Pukki is the leading scorer for the team at the moment with a total of just three goals, while American striker Josh Sargent has so far failed to open his account having signed for the club in summer.

Dean Smith Reveals Number One Focus For Norwich

New Norwich boss Dean Smith has revealed what is top of his list of things to work on and believes there is enough quality in the Canaries’ squad to stay in the Premier League.

Norwich are bottom of the table and five points from safety, despite securing their first victory of the season at Brentford on November 6. That win was quickly followed by the announcement that Daniel Farke was leaving the club.

“The top of the in-tray is not to concede goals. We’ve conceded too many already and defensively we want to make our structure and organisation a lot stronger. We’ve got talented players and we need to go and score more goals obviously,” Smith said.

“We haven’t scored as many as we would have liked to. But there’s definitely players there who can do both sides of the job.

“I think there’s enough quality, that’s the biggest thing.

“When I spoke to Stuart (Webber, Norwich’s sporting director), he believes in the squad of players, I’ve looked at the squad of players with Craig (Shakespeare, assistant head coach) and we both believe that it’s a squad that probably aren’t producing the results they need and our job is to improve their performance levels.

“If we do that then we’ll get the results.”

Smith has survival experience

Smith successfully fought a relegation battle with Villa during the 2019-20 season and will be assisted by Craig Shakespeare, who worked with him in his previous job.

His first game at the helm will be a home clash with Southampton on Saturday.

Saints were Smith’s last opponents while he was in charge of Villa. A 1-0 defeat followed by his exit two days later.

Smith was then approached by Norwich the following day and was officially announced on Monday.

“I think certainly coming into the training ground here at Colney and meeting up with the staff, I already have an idea of how Southampton play because we came up against them so recently in the last game I managed for Villa,” he added.

“So it should help me in terms of not having to catch up so much compared to if it was a club that I’ve not played against. But they beat Aston Villa 1-0 so we have to turn the result around with the performance.”

Dean Smith: Gilmour has "a big role" to play

According to BBC Sport, the new coach of Norwich City, Dean Smith has revealed that Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour has a vital role to fulfil in his plans. Smith was appointed as the new man at the helm after Daniel Farke was sacked following a series of poor results.

The 20-year-old was sent out on loan by the Blues on a season-long deal to gain some valuable minutes. He was getting minutes at the start of the campaign but was frozen out of the squad after he fell out of favour with Farke.

Meanwhile, he continued to excel for Scotland, which was a sharp contrast to his time at Norwich. The Blues were concerned with how the situation developed since the purpose of the loan was for him to get regular minutes. However, he has not played a single minute since September for the Canaries.

With Farke no more in the picture, Smith is ready to give his players a fresh start. Gilmour has little to worry about if he performs the same way he does in a Scotland jersey.

“They have got a big role to play at this football club, along with the rest of the squad. It’s a new start for them with a new coaching team coming in.”

When asked about the future of the loanee, Smith replied that the midfielder is vital and is a part of his plans. He added that and it is down to the players to decide what role they play in the team.

“We’ll see them in training tomorrow and it’s down to them to impress us in our time here.”

The new man in charge was also talking about Todd Cantwell alongside Gilmour. His words would be a relief to Chelsea, who will hope that things would take a turn for the better from here on out. The supporters would also be delighted to know the current situation surrounding the academy graduate.

Transfer Rumour: Todd Cantwell West Ham Bound

West Ham could make a move to sign Norwich City attacker Todd Cantwell in January according to club insiders at the East London team, Claret and Hugh.

The Hammers are though to be considering a move for Norwich star Todd Cantwell if they cannot do a deal to sign Jesse Lingard in the January transfer window.  Lingard remains a target for David Moyes and there will be an attempt to bring him back from Manchester United in the winter window.

But a move for Cantwell is reported to also be under consideration, with the young Canaries star in a similar contractual situation to Lingard.

His deal also expires at the end of the season and he is seen as the type of player who could operate across the forward line.

Cantwell can play on both the left and the right and in attacking midfield, and he has Premier League experience; the 23-year-old has made 42 appearances in the top-flight, scoring six goals and registering two assists.

Norwich look to be likely candidates to get relegated again this season – they have won just one of their opening 11 games of the campaign and are already five points off safety – and there is a feeling that the Norfolk born and bred youngster would be keen on a move to the London Stadium.

Cantwell is valued at £19.8m by Transfermarkt but he could be potentially available for a knock-down fee given his contractual situation in the January transfer window, from a Norwich City fans perspective though, hopefully not

Chelsea To Make January Decision On Gilmour Loan Recall

Thomas Tuchel has revealed Chelsea will make a decision on how to proceed with Billy Gilmour's loan at Norwich in January.

The 20-year-old made his first-team breakthrough under Frank Lampard and featured sporadically under Tuchel when the German took over last season, and his move to Norfolk was supposed to offer him more playing time.

However, things have not panned out that way so far, with former Canaries boss Daniel Farke affording the Scot few opportunities before he was dismissed.

Competition for places in Chelsea's midfield is fierce, while another of their loanees, Conor Gallagher, has impressed at Crystal Palace, and Tuchel has admitted Gilmour's struggles need to be addressed.

He said: "We'll take the decision in January, when the decision has to be made, not now.

"The things were clear when we decided together that he is looking for more minutes and more game time in another club. The challenge was clear that he needs to fight his way through.

"Right now things are not going as he maybe wishes and we all wish for, but now is not the moment to already give solutions and cancel the whole project.

"Sometimes these weeks and months arrive when the situation seems to be stuck or it seems not to go the right way. You have to hang in there, you have to show your quality and you have to make sure you help your team, no matter where it is. That sharpens your character. That will be making a big chapter in your career.

"For me right now it is not the moment to already give solutions for January and open the talks to bring him back. Now it is November and there is still a lot of time to prove that he has enough quality to help Norwich to be a better team."

Terms Verbally Agreed With Dean Smith For Norwich Head Coach Role

Dean Smith will sign a two-and-half-year contract to become Norwich City’s manager on Saturday evening.

Terms were agreed verbally earlier on Saturday and all the legal necessities have been passed.

Norwich are likely to confirm the deal in the next 24 hours, and the club's bosses will stress that Smith was their first choice from the start of the process to identify Daniel Farke's replacement.

Farke was dismissed after Norwich beat Brentford 2-1 in their final game before the international break - their first Premier League win of the season.

Despite that success, they are bottom of the table with five points from their first 11 games.

Smith was dismissed just a day after Farke - a Friday night defeat to Southampton was Villa's fifth loss in a row and left them just two points above the drop zone.

Smith's overall record at Villa was excellent, having led them to promotion from the Championship via the play-offs in his first season at the helm, before Premier League finishes of 17th and 11th - plus a League Cup final appearance.

Smith and former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard were understood to be the main contenders to take charge at Norwich, but the latter withdrew from the running as he does not feel the job is right for him at this stage of his career.

Sky Sports News has been told that, even before Lampard withdrew, Norwich's bosses had been impressed by Smith's ideas for the squad.

He will begin the task of trying to guide Villa to safety when they host Southampton - his final opponents as Villa boss - on November 20.

 

Dean Smith Expected To Be Confirmed As Norwich Manager In Next Few Days

Norwich City are expected to offer former Brentford & Aston Villa Manager Dean Smith the head coach job in the next few days. 

Negotiations have been ongoing for several days and Smith's representatives are now in advanced talks over the details of his contract.

Smith and former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard were understood to be in a two-horse race to take charge at Carrow Road, but the latter withdrew from the running as he does not feel the job is right for him at this stage of his career.

Sky Sports News has been told that, even before Lampard withdrew his interest, Norwich's bosses had been impressed by the vision and ethos of Smith's ideas for the squad.

Smith is still visiting family in New York, but talks have been ongoing with his agent and the 50-year-old is ready to fly back to sign a deal as soon as the final details can be agreed.

Norwich sacked former boss Daniel Farke just hours after they recorded their first Premier League win of the season, away to Brentford on November 6.

The Canaries are bottom of the table after collecting just five points from their first 11 games since returning to the top flight.