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Transfer News: Hearts Inching Closer to Permanent Naismith Deal

Hearts' manager Craig Levein is eager to get any summer business done early and also confirmed that contract talks are progressing with on-loan Norwich City forward Steven Naismith and Cameroon midfielder Arnaud Djoum.

"We're inching forward with both of them, Peter Haring as well, but it takes time," he said.

"I don't want to be in the position of the last couple of seasons where we have had mass wholesale changes.

"The strategy has been to try to get some of our more established players signed on long-term contracts and that's been going quite well."

Transfer Rumour: Norwich Keeping Tabs on Hull City's Jarrod Bowen

Norwich City are reportedly keeping tabs on Hull City forward Jarrod Bowen ahead of their potential return to the Premier League according to a number of news outlets today.

The 22-year-old has scored 19 goals this season and is expected to make the step up to the top flight in the summer, with the Daily Mail reporting that Norwich and Everton have been tracking him in recent weeks.

The report also claims that Bowen turned down the chance to sign for Cardiff City in the wake of Emiliano Sala’s disappearance in January, saying: “To join Cardiff knowing that he was meant to play for them would have been incredibly difficult and not something that filled me with any enthusiasm.”

Transfer Rumour: Norwich Eye Talented 17 Year Old Joe Newton

Joe Newton’s impressive performances for Royston Town have attracted interest from Championship side Norwich City, since joining the club from Colney Heath the teenager has made 16 appearances.

Royston boss Steve Castle said: “Newton has been excellent. He has performed superb for a 17-year-old and has also raised a few eyebrows with people I know in the professional game.

“He’s been terrific. We have had a problem with the left-back situation but he has helped us with his fitness and is performing very well.

“I’m sure he’ll get some opportunities [at the professional level].

“If he keeps his feet firmly on the ground, which I’m sure he will because he is a tremendous boy, then there is no reason why he couldn’t give it a go.”

Alex Neil rejects linked to West Brom vacancy

Ex-Norwich City boss Alex Neil has brushed off speculation touting him with the Canaries’ Championship promotion rivals West Brom.

Neil has guided current club Preston to the fringes of the top six, after a 12-match unbeaten run that included a 3-1 Deepdale victory against City last month.

The 37-year-old memorably led Norwich to Wembley play-off success in 2015, and those credentials have reportedly marked him out as a front-runner for the Hawthorns vacancy.

“When you’re a manager of any football club, speculation is rife all the time,” he said, speaking BBC Radio Five Live.

“The amount of times in press conferences we’ve been linked with players and some of them I’ve never even heard of.

“I would take speculation with a pinch of salt – my sole attention is on Preston North End, how well we’ve been doing and trying to continue that.

“I talk about not having a lot of pressure. I mean in comparison to bigger clubs. We’ve looked at the likes of West Brom for instance, who have lost their manager when they were sitting fourth in the table. I think that is an example of the sort of pressure that some of these big clubs have.”

Neil’s side are outside the top six only on goal difference, after a stoppage time win against Birmingham prior to the interntional break that brought another clean sheet for Declan Rudd.

The former City academy starlet has bounced back from a clanger in the corresponding league fixture at St Andrew’s, a 3-0 December defeat.

“What happened against Birmingham was a big turning point for Declan,” said Neil. “After something like that you can go one of two ways.

“Either you dust yourself down, get on with it and show everyone what you can do, or you dwell on it and feel sorry for yourself.

“Thankfully for us and for Declan himself, the man that he is has chosen to do the first of those. To be fair to him, he’s been great and has been key for us in the run we are on.

“If I had dropped him out, I think it would have been harder for him to have recovered. I had to make a decision based on if I believed in him and could he recover. Knowing Declan for the length of time I have, I had no worries about him.”

Transfer News: Highly Rated Youngster Spyrou Joins Wrexham On Loan

Anthony Spyrou has joined Wrexham on loan from Norwich City until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old striker has come through the youth system at the Canaries and signed his first professional deal at Carrow Road in January.

Plying his trade in Norwich’s under 23s side this season, Spyrou has scored seven goals in 15 ‘Premier League 2’ outings.

Manager Bryan Hughes hopes clearance is received so Spyrou is available when Wrexham continue their promotion challenge at Hartlepool United on Saturday.

“Anthony is a highly rated youngster who has come up through the ranks at Norwich putting in some very impressive performances along the way," said Hughes.

“We are looking forward to him joining in with the squad and helping us during the last seven games of the season.”

Transfer Rumour: Canaries Track Manchester United Goalkeeper Henderson

According to press reports this morning Norwich City have been linked with a summer swoop for Manchester United’s highly-rated on loan Sheffield United keeper Dean Henderson - if they seal promotion to the Premier League.

The England Under-21 international keeper is reportedly on the radar of Norwich, Leicester City and Bournemouth but Manchester United will only sanction a fresh loan switch if Henderson can get regular football.

The Canaries were touted with a move for Henderson last summer, after he caught the eye at Shrewsbury in League One playing alongside Ben Godfrey and Carlton Morris.

City brought Tim Krul to the club but with Remi Matthews departing earlier this season and Michael McGovern out of contract in the coming summer a keeper looks a priority.

Henderson has yet to make a first team appearance at Old Trafford but is under conrtact until 2020, with a further one year option.

England U-20s Recognition For Norwich's Ben Godfrey

Ben Godfrey’s emergence at Norwich City has been rewarded with a call-up to the England Under-20s squad for internationals against Poland and Portugal later this month.

The defender has been a revelation for the Canaries this season, forming a partnership at centre half with Christoph Zimmermann that is keeping the experienced duo of Grant Hanley and Timm Klose on the bench.

His performances have caught the eye of the England hierarchy and manager Paul Simpson has included the former York City man in his 23-man squad for the Young Lions’ double header in the Euro Elite League.

“We’re going into these games with a very strong squad,” said Simpson, whose side entertain Poland on Thursday, March 21 before heading to Portugal the following Tuesday.

“It’s a very similar squad to our previous camps this season, apart from a few players successfully going up to the U21s, and it’s good to have that consistency.

“We’re expecting two tough games. Poland are coming with their U21 Talent ID group and Portugal are recognised as one of the best U20 teams in Europe, so we know that these matches will be a good test for us.

“The main objectives for us is for our players to continue their development in international football, along with preparing for this summer’s Toulon Tournament.”

England U-19s Call Up For Norwich City's Max Aarons

Rapidly rising Norwich star Max Aarons has been included in Keith Downing’s England U19s squad for three games against Czech Republic, Greece and Denmark.

They are aiming to seal their place at this summer’s U19 Euro Finals in Armenia.

England kick-off against the Czechs first on Wednesday, March 20, before they tackle Greece in the second game on Saturday, March 23.

The final game with Denmark takes place on Tuesday, March 26, with all three games being staged at St George’s Park.