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Norwich look set to miss out on Lee

PUBLISHED: 07:30 22 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:41 06 July 2010

Bryan Gunn's hopes of bringing Alan Lee back to Carrow Road next season are receding after it was revealed that two Championship clubs are interested in the striker.

Bryan Gunn's hopes of bringing Alan Lee back to Carrow Road next season are receding after it was revealed that two Championship clubs are interested in the striker.

Lee had a successful six-game spell with City at the end of the season and was right up there at the top of Gunn's shopping list for a return for the League One campaign.

But while Lee expressed a wish to stay, the City boss has admitted that relegation has changed things - and with Crystal Palace having invested £600,000 on Lee just last August, the asking price could be beyond City.

Palace boss Neil Warnock had reportedly been keen to do business with Gunn, as long as City midfielder Wes Hoolahan was part of the deal, but even that could be off the agenda.

And with others now interested, Gunn may have to look elsewhere.

“I've received two enquiries about Alan this week, but nothing firm as of yet,” said Warnock.

Gunn had already admitted he will have to lower his transfer sights, and says patience is important.

“There are a lot of people on holiday, but at the same time agents are on the phone recommending players and it's a case of sifting through as many people as possible and deciding whether we need to move,” he said.

“I would think it will be a domino effect - when one goes, one comes in.

“Not having been in the managerial seat before, it's one of those things you want to happen as quickly as possible but I realise it's not going to happen overnight. Patience is the key.”

Despite being in a transfer limbo, Gunn is already on the rumour mill, with reports claiming has Hartlepool defender Micky Nelson is a target.

The 29-year-old centre-back would appear to fit the bill in most respects; an experienced defender, captain at Victoria Park for the last two seasons and yet to accept a new deal to stay at United.

One man who knows Nelson well is City's assistant manager, Ian Butterworth, who was number two to Danny Wilson for Pool before joining up with Gunn in January.

Nelson almost joined Leicester at the same time, and sources in the north east have suggested Norwich's interest is matched by Scottish Premier League side Hibernian, as well as League One rivals Leeds.

In other news, Coventry have ruled out signing former City skipper Mark Fotheringham, who was released from his contract before the season had ended.

Sky Blues boss Chris Coleman had been linked with a move for the Scot as well as Scunthorpe striker Gary Hooper.

“A lot of players we are linked with, some of them I have not even heard of if I am honest with you,” said the City boss. “Yes I go to watch a lot of games and so do my staff, but most of the stories people will hear will be from prospective agents.

“There is no truth in Fotheringham and no truth in Hooper.”

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