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Cureton could go, as duo sign in

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:47 06 July 2010

Chris Lakey

Paul Lambert hit the ground running yesterday when he completed the first permanent deals of his four-and-a-half month reign as Norwich City manager - and could be about to open the exit door for his most senior player.

Paul Lambert hit the ground running yesterday when he completed the first permanent deals of his four-and-a-half month reign as Norwich City manager - and could be about to open the exit door for his most senior player.

The City boss set the ball rolling on the first real day of business by signing Russell Martin, from Peterborough, and Anthony McNamee from Swindon - each on two-and-a-half-year deals for undisclosed fees.

And there is now mounting speculation that he could be about to allow veteran striker Jamie Cureton to leave Carrow Road.

The 34-year-old, out of contract in the summer, has been linked with a move to League Two side Cheltenham Town, although there has been interest from a top Greek side as well as from Denmark. The Greek side are believed to have been interested until as recently as yesterday, while the Scandinavian interest remains.

Cureton hasn't appeared for City since scoring the winning penalty in a Johnstone's Paint Trophy shootout at Swindon in November - and his chances of getting back in the side haven't been helped by the form of strikers Grant Holt and Chris Martin.

Lambert has always insisted that players will not be allowed to leave unless replacements are found, and while he has admitted he needs a centre half and another striker, it's that long absence from first team duty which seems to suggest that Cureton's time is up.

Cureton has been linked with Lincoln City and there is unlikely to be a shortage of interest from the lower divisions, but if the player is keen to be closer to his west country roots then Cheltenham might prove to be a worthwhile option.

Cheltenham manager Mark Yates has admitted his interest - but now needs to secure the finances.

“I have had a call from his agent, like I imagine many other managers have, and I am going to have to wheel and deal,” he said.

“I don't think there are pots of money available, but I'll be speaking to the chairman and the board to see what we can do. In an ideal world we'd bring in a couple to boost numbers and to improve the team as well.

“There are also a couple of young players I have been watching and speaking to managers about bringing in. We need bodies to make sure we are not too short.”

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