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Rowett chases Canaries flop.

BIRMINGHAM City are planning to end Ricky van Wolfswinkel's Norwich nightmare.

The Blues have held talks with the Canaries over a season-long loan for their record signing and Gary Rowett believes he can revive the Dutchman's career which came to a grinding halt following his PS8.5million move from Sporting Lisbon in 2013.

Van Wolfswinkel has no future under Norwich manager Alex Neil and the Canaries would welcome the chance to move him on as he enters the final year of his contract.

He has scored just twice in 28 appearances and was loaned out to Saint Etienne and Real Betis in the last two seasons. The 27-year-old scored 12 goals during those loan spells and while he has played for the Canaries in pre-season his days are numbered with Neil targeting Fulham forward Ross McCormack. His last appearance came when he scored in a 2-1 League Cup win at Rotherham in August 2015.

Birmingham have had one bid of PS1.1million rejected for Sheffield United's Che Adams but have returned last night with an improved offer.

They desperately need striking reinforcements to share the goalscoring burden with Clayton Donaldson, who netted 11 times last season as they finished 10th in the Sky Bet Championship.

James Vaughan is yet to score after joining from Huddersfield in January while Nicolai Brock-Madsen has also failed to net following his PS500,000 move from Randers last year. Kyle Lafferty was loaned from Norwich last season but scored once in six games and Blues will not return for the Northern Ireland striker with the Canaries looking for around PS1million.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Jul 29, 2016
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