The Carrow Road transfer merry-go-round was in full swing today with several players 'reported' to be on the verge of joining the Canaries.
One such player, Rangers attacking midfielder Alan Gow, was in Norfolk yesterday, according to his agent, discussing a possible move south of the border.
The 25-year-old boyhood Gers fan has not made an impression at Ibrox since his arrival from Falkirk in the summer of 2007. In fact, he has made only two appearances ? in the two Scottish cup competitions.
Gow looked destined for a move to City's Championship rivals Burnley as part of the ?3m Kyle Lafferty deal but any such move to Turf Moor broke down.
And the Canaries look set to pounce as Glenn Roeder desperately tries to bolster his squad ahead of the start of pre-season training next week.
“We are going south to Norwich to have a look at the club,” said Gow's representative Phil McTaggart.
“Alan will have a look at what is on offer and speak with the management and then make a decision from there.”
Championship newcomers Doncaster Rovers are said to have matched City's bid ? which stands at ?250,000 according to the Daily Record ? but it is not believed that the Keepmoat Stadium club are in the running.
Dundee United, Motherwell and Aberdeen are also keen on Gow ? who has a Scottish B cap to his name ? but the Glasgow giants are thought to want to offload him to England.
If City do complete their second summer signing, they will be certainly be getting a boy with plenty of heart and determination.
He has risen up through the ranks the hard way and in the face of adversity, strong characters are born.
You get the feeling his attitude will sit well with Roeder, who places such importance on his players' mental capacity as well as their footballing ability.
“I have a strong appreciation of where I come from and what it has taken to get me to where I am now,” Gow told the Daily Record in January this year.
“There was the time when I played three trial matches for Clydebank after leaving school and they couldn't afford to pay me any more but I never stopped taking two buses and a ferry to get to their training ground in Paisley every day.
“I had no means of supporting myself so I signed on at the 'Buroo' with pals who had similar dreams of making it in football.
“But everything isn't based on determination or luck – there has to be a degree of ability that you believe in.
“When those things have come together to allow you a career in the professional game, particularly at a club like Rangers, you're grateful for what life has given you and stay grounded.”
Gow's start at Rangers was also hindered by a double tragedy with the death of his grandmother and grandfather.
It may have had a bigger effect than many people realised and being a staunch family man, it took the Glasgow-born player a while to come to terms with his loss.
“It was a tough time,” he continued. “I knew my grandad would have been so delighted to see me doing well at Rangers.
“If he couldn't get to see me playing for Clydebank or Airdrie or Falkirk, he always bought the papers to read about me.
“My grandmother was the same, always supportive, never critical. I've been given the kind of start in life that means I'll never take anything for granted.”
Gow's possible arrival could signal the start of some busy transfer activity at Carrow Road as the names of Wes Hoolahan and David Bell refuse to go away.
Another name was thrown into the mix yesterday, with Sutton United youth team striker Jerson Dos Santos being linked with a switch to the Championship.
The 17-year-old made his debut under caretaker boss Jimmy Dack at the end of last season and the Canaries, Charlton and Brentford – where Dos Santos has trained – are said to be interested.
Meanwhile, majority shareholder Delia Smith sent out an intriguing 'wait and see' message yesterday when quizzed about possible new investment coming into Carrow Road.
Insurance tycoon Peter Cullum has long been linked with his boyhood team and speaking at the Royal Norfolk Show yesterday, Delia did not dismiss the notion that fresh funds had, in fact, been secured.
“I think whatever is happening on the investment side we wouldn't be saying because there are certain clubs who shout very loudly about all the money they've got.
“But they have to pay a lot of money for the players so we keep quiet about the money we have got,” she told Canaries World.
And when asked if City fans were wide of the mark by thinking there were minimal funds available, Delia replied, intriguingly, “wait and see.”
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