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Michael Bridges the gap for City attack

PUBLISHED: 07:30 14 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:47 06 July 2010

Forwards Michael Bridges and Chris Craig are the latest men to be taken on trial by Norwich City as boss Bryan Gunn looks to find a solution to his striking conundrum.

Forwards Michael Bridges and Chris Craig are the latest men to be taken on trial by Norwich City as boss Bryan Gunn looks to find a solution to his striking conundrum.

The duo have joined the Canaries on tour in Scotland, probably until the end of the week, as Gunn attempts to complete a squad to take on the challenges of League One football.

And with little cash in the coffers, especially with the transfer of Sammy Clingan to Coventry City still up in the air, Gunn has turned to former Leeds United and Sunderland front man Bridges and 20-year-old ex-Rangers youngster Craig.

Bridges once cost Leeds £5m to buy from Sunderland and rewarded the Whites with 21 goals during the 1999-2000 Premiership season.

But the 30-year-old, who was once touted as an England prospect, suffered a raft of serious injuries and his career has taken him to Newcastle, Bristol City, Carlisle United, Hull City and even Sydney FC in a bid to rediscover his goalscoring form.

Bridges spent last season on loan at Carlisle from Hull City, but was released by the Premier League newcomers in May after seven goals in 30 games in League One helped Carlisle avoid the drop.

Craig was a regular with Rangers reserves and under 19s but failed to earn a new contract with the Scottish giants, and along with Bridges joined the Canaries on Sunday night and took part in training yesterday morning.

“Michael Bridges is a very experienced campaigner having played in the Premiership, Championship and League One,” Gunn said yesterday.

“He really enjoyed it this morning and it's an open-ended arrangement on both sides so we'll see how it goes over the days ahead,

“It gives us a chance to have a look at him in training and if possible matches

“Chris Craig has had a good start to his career, earning his first pro contract with Rangers. He's a diminutive striker but has high skill levels, something we've already seen one or two examples of.

“Again it's an open-ended arrangement. Hopefully we'll be in a position to make decisions on both of them by the end of the week.”

By then, Gunn could also have some transfer cash to play with if the long-running Clingan saga reaches a positive conclusion.

Coventry City last night said they are prepared to wait another 48 hours to land the City midfielder - but insist they will not be held to ransom by the player's agent.

The Sky Blues are understood to have agreed a fee with the Canaries for the Northern Ireland international, who has not been included in Gunn's squad for the pre-season tour to Scotland and is believed to be keen to move to the Ricoh Arena.

Coventry boss Chris Coleman appeared to pull the plug on the transfer at the weekend when he said it was “dead in the water”, accusing Clingan's agent of scuppering the deal.

But the Championship club are now believed to have given Clingan until Wednesday to sort things out with his agent and push through a deal.

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