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Transfer Rumour: Norwich City Eye French Attacking Talent

Norwich City are interested in signing Lorient striker Alexis Claude-Maurice as they look to boost their attacking options ahead of their return to the Premier League next season.

The 20-year-old has scored 14 goals in 34 league appearances for Lorient this season, helping the club to sixth place in the French second tier, outside the play-off places only on goal difference with one game of the season remaining.

According to France Football, The Canaries are set to target Claude-Maurice in the summer transfer window, as they look to take some of the goalscoring pressure off Championship Golden Boot winner Teemu Pukki ahead of his debut season in the Premier League.

It seems however that it may not be an easy deal for Norwich, with Europa League semi-finalists Eintracht Frankfurt and second-placed Ligue 1 side Lille both also thought to be interested in the attacker.

It is claimed that Lorient value the 20-year-old, who has two seasons left on his contract with the club, at around £8.5million.

Transfer Rumour: Norwich City Closing In On Aberdeen Keeper Archie Mair

Norwich City are closing in on Aberdeen goalkeeper, Archie Mair Football Insider understands.

Mair is out of contract in the summer and is reportedly seen as having a big future ahead of him in the game.

Mair is 18 years old and is yet to make a first team appearance for the Dons but he has represented Scotland at U17, U18 and U19 levels. Being a free agent, he is likely to be courted by lots of different clubs but according to Football Insider, the Canaries have given him a tour of the Colney training ground and it’s facilities and a deal now looks likely.

The suggestion here is that Mair is thought of as one for the future, so assuming he likes what he sees and hears, he would join City’s U23 development side initially.

Young players are a key part of the club’s identity now and the continued production of first team capable talent is going to be paramount to the business model currently being operated.

If Mair does join, then for me, it suggests that Aston Oxborough, who is now 21 and ready for first team football, will probably go out on loan next season. That would leave Tim Krul and Michael McGovern as the two senior keepers at the club with the big question being as to whether another experienced pro joins the goalkeeping ranks or not.

Transfer Rumour: Canaries Interested In Wigan Forward Powell

Wigan Athletic forward player Nick Powell will be out of contract at the end of the season after rejecting a new deal and is expected to turn down the chance to play in the Bundesliga in favour of remaining in the UK.

Borussia Monchengladbach and RB Leipzig are both interested in the 25-year-old according to TEAMtalk but Powell would rather not move his young family to a foreign country.

That opens the door for Norwich City, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday to make a move for Powell who are all believed to be tracking the latest developments.

But they will have to compete with Premier League sides Brighton and Burnley, while Scotland’s Old Firm clubs Celtic and Rangers are also believed to be interested.

Transfer Rumour: Fleetwood Considering Permanent Deal For Norwich's Husband

Signed not so long ago from Middlesbrough, the full-back has seen himself out on loan at Fleetwood Town this year.

A player with decent delivery, he has played regularly for the Cod Army in League One, with them pushing for the play-offs but ultimately looking set to fall short under Joey Barton.

Of course, at the end of the campaign, he is due to return to Carrow Road but it would be no shock to see him being quickly turned back around and being on his way again following the rise of youngsters Max Arrons and Jamal Lewis.

Will Fleetwood want to take him on? That is believed to be a strong possibility given how often he has played for them this season but, even if they don’t, he’d be a decent catch for many an EFL club.

Former Norwich Manager Signs New 3 Year Deal

Preston North End manager Alex Neil has signed a new three-year contract to end speculation linking him with the vacant West Bromwich Albion job.

The 37-year-old Scot has been linked with the role at The Hawthorns since Darren Moore's sacking on 9 March.

Preston lost 4-1 to the Baggies in the Championship on Saturday, with Neil suggesting after the game that the speculation had "got to the players".

The result left the Lilywhites in 12th, eight points off the play-off places.

"It has affected them and it has affected the day for the fans, which I apologise for," Neil said after the defeat by West Brom.

"I feel as if I have ruined the day for the supporters. People write what they want and then it grows arms and legs."

Neil was appointed by Preston in July 2017 following the departure of Simon Grayson, and guided the club to seventh in the Championship last season, missing out on the play-offs by two points.

The former Hamilton and Norwich City boss will now remain at Deepdale until "at least the summer of 2022".

"It has been a difficult few days working in a situation where the club and I had no control over what has been said," Neil said following the announcement of his new deal.

"I am absolutely delighted to be able to commit my future to the club and to continue with the project we have been working on."

Norwich vs QPR - Pre Match Facts & Stats

Match facts

  • Norwich have lost just one of their last 15 league matches at Carrow Road against QPR (W11 D3 L1), a 0-1 defeat in September 2008.
  • QPR have failed to score in seven of their last 12 league matches against Norwich (W2 D3 L7).
  • Norwich have won their last seven league matches, their best run since January 2010 in League One under Paul Lambert (eight in a row); it's their best run at this level since May 2004 (seven wins), when they won the second tier under Nigel Worthington.
  • QPR won their final away match of 2018 at Nottingham Forest - they've won none of their eight away from home in all competitions in 2019 (W0 D3 L5).
  • With seven games remaining last season, Norwich City had 52 points in the Championship - 29 fewer than they have this season (81 points).
  • QPR have won one of their last 19 away league matches played in April (W1 D4 L14), a 2-1 victory at West Brom in April 2015.

Blackburn Fixture Moved For TV...

Blackburn Rovers are offering free coach travel to supporters after their final away game of the season at Norwich City was moved for Sky Sports coverage.

The game, scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, April 27, has now been put back to 7.30pm to be shown on Sky Sports.

Norwich, currently top of the table, will be looking to secure promotion to the Premier League in the game at Carrow Road.

Promotion-chasing rivals Leeds United and Sheffield United have also seen their games moved for television coverage on the penultimate weekend of matches, with the Blades hosting Ipswich at 5.15pm and Leeds' home game with Aston Villa moved to Sunday, April 28 (12pm).

Contract News: Young Starlet Mourgos Signs New One Year Deal

Norwich City have confirmed that midfielder Savvas Mourgos has signed a new one-year contract with the club.

Mourgos has put pen to paper on a new one-year extension, with the option to extend that by a further year if the club opts to exercise it.

Mourgos is currently recovering from ligament damage, after he picked up an injury whilst out on loan.

The Greek midfielder was on loan to FC Dordrecht in the second tier of Dutch football, but was injured in the first-half of the campaign.

He was only able to make ten first-team appearances for the Dutch outfit – scoring three times from central midfield.

The former Arsenal academy man joined Norwich in 2017 from the Gunners, but is yet to make his senior debut for the Canaries.