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Norwich City target set to leave Hartlepool

PUBLISHED: 07:45 16 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:10 06 July 2010

Canaries target Michael Nelson opened up a race for his signature yesterday when he confirmed that he will leave Hartlepool this summer. The 29-year-old central defender is believed to be on City boss Bryan Gunn's wish list - but he faces competition.

Canaries target Michael Nelson opened up a race for his signature yesterday when he confirmed that he will leave Hartlepool this summer.

The 29-year-old central defender is believed to be on City boss Bryan Gunn's wish list - but he faces competition.

Championship newcomers Scunthorpe are also keen as are one of City's League One rivals, Huddersfield, who appear to have a healthy budget for manager Lee Clark this summer.

Hartlepool boss Chris Turner confirmed Nelson would be leaving Victoria Park after turning down a new contract offer.

“I'm disappointed but I can understand his decision,” said Turner. “This could be a big time for him to move on and he'll leave the football club with our best wishes after giving us six good years of service.

“While I am disappointed, we have to move on now and look to the future and hopefully we can have successful times ahead despite the loss of Michael Nelson.”

The EDP understands that Southend's Peter Clarke was also on Gunn's list, but the defender opted for Huddersfield to be closer to his family. Scunthorpe were also interested, which suggests that the race for Nelson could actually come down to them and City if Huddersfield are happy that they have filled a hole in their back line.

Meanwhile, Gunn has been linked with another striker, with Derby's Liam Dickinson the latest name in the frame for an attacking role, reportedly joining Coventry's Robbie Simpson.

Dickinson, 23, failed to play a game for Derby last season, scoring his 10 league goals during loan stints with Huddersfield, Blackpool - where he began his career - and Leeds.

The 6ft 4in striker joined Derby from Stockport for £750,000 a year ago, but the Rams are expected to cut their losses and accept around £200,000.

There is also said to be interest from Charlton, who look set to snatch another reported City target, out-of-contract MK Dons defender Miguel Angel Llera.

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