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City ready to accept loss of Clingan

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:13 06 July 2010

Norwich City may be powerless to prevent Sammy Clingan leaving Carrow Road this summer.

Clingan and 'one or two' other players have been the subject of inquiries, and assistant manager Ian Butterworth admitted yesterday it may be a case of simply trying to get the best possible deal for the club.

Norwich City may be powerless to prevent Sammy Clingan leaving Carrow Road this summer.

Clingan and “one or two” other players have been the subject of inquiries, and assistant manager Ian Butterworth admitted yesterday it may be a case of simply trying to get the best possible deal for the club.

With finances running low and City's squad in need of a major overhaul, City may have little option but to cash in on their prized asset.

The likelihood is that City will unveil their third new signing before the end of the week, with Hartlepool central defender Michael Nelson thought to be ready to turn down Championship football with Scunthorpe to play in front of 20,000-plus crowds at Norwich.

And the only way to fund recruitment is to sell.

“I think Sammy is an excellent player and he could play at a higher level,” said Butterworth. “Bryan had a chat with players at the end of the season and wanted to know how the feelings were towards Norwich City.

“Those conversations obviously are private between the manager and player. We have had a lot of interest in Sammy and one or two other players.

“At the end of the day we will have to see what is the best thing for Norwich City and take it from there.

“You'd like to think you'd be able to keep Sammy Clingan, but if he expresses his wishes to play elsewhere what do you do? You obviously try and help him on his way and get the best deal for Norwich City.”

Clingan has been linked to Cardiff and Coventry - although former City number two Lee Clarke, now in charge at Huddersfield, has ruled out a move for the Northern Ireland midfielder - because he believes he is too good for League One football.

“He's good enough to play in the Premier League and he could well end up there,” said Clark.

“Sam is a very good footballer, and I'd love to have him on board, but I think that if he goes, it will be to a Premier League or high-end Championship club.”

Clark's shopping list contains a number of names linked to City, including Coventry striker Robbie Simpson, who was reportedly being offered as a part of a deal to take Clingan to the Ricoh Arena. That deal could be scuppered if Clark gets his way and persuades Coventry to part with Simpson for £500,000.

Clark has already brought in Peter Clarke from Southend - a player City are believed to have been interested in - and had been linked with Hartlepool's Michael Nelson, who is rumoured to be City's third signing of the summer.

City boss Bryan Gunn and Clarke also had a shared interest in Northampton right-back Jason Crowe, according to reports yesterday - although the 30-year-old now looks set to move to Leeds.

City signed 6ft 4in midfielder Owain Tudur Jones on Tuesday while they are awaiting an answer from Simon Lappin, who has been offered a new deal.

“Simon Lappin has been offered a deal - we are just waiting for him to give us the okay,” said Butterworth. “When I came in in February I liked Simon, I liked Simon's attitude and I am sure we will want him on board next year.”

It's a case of the sooner deals are wrapped up the better, with City players returning to work in less than a fortnight's time.

“We need to get them in a quickly as possible, but it doesn't always happen like that,” Butterworth said. “You have them on your wish list and by the time we get them to sign there is a lot of work been done in between.

“Hopefully there will be another addition towards the end of the week.”

That addition is likely to be one with lower league experience as City prepare to become the prized scalp for some of the smaller teams in the division.

“We always knew that - it's the same with Southampton and Leeds and Charlton,” said Butterworth. “Everyone will be wanting to beat us but we have to make sure we are up for it every Saturday and we have the right type of player who can handle that pressure situation.

“That will be a massive test for us, but we are building a squad and we have to make sure we build it to suit this league.”

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