Norwich City must sign a striker before close of transfer window

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Norwich City have started life back in the Premier League steadily enough, but remain short of a striker if they are to remain in the top flight for another season. 

The Canaries, who drew 1-1 against Stoke City at the weekend, were heavily reliant on Cameron Jerome last term, though the former Potters forward may struggle to replicate that form away from the Championship. 

Alex Neil has had a bid of £1.5million for Jonathan Walters rejected, may yet explore other options before the transfer window closes in seven days time. 


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Jerome was a vital clog of the Canaries machine that got them promoted last term, scoring 21 times in 45 games after Mark Hughes allowed him to depart after signing Bojan and Mame Biram Diouf last summer. 

However, his struggles in the top flight have long been obvious, with the 29-year-old managing just two goals in 29 appearances during his last season in the Premier League with Crystal Palace two seasons ago. 

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Gary Hooper remains on the books but has been linked with a move to Sheffield Wednesday, whilst the future of forgotten man Ricky van Wolfswinkel remains unclear following a difficult spell on loan at St Etienne last term. 

Lewis Grabban is wanted by old club Bournemouth, but the Canaries have turned down two bids and would rather sign a centre forward before allowing one to leave. 

Possible signings

Norwich were linked with a move for former AC Milan loanee Mattia Destro, only for the Italian to sign for Serie A outfit Bologna instead. 

They also appear to have been put off from making a bid for QPR's Charlie Austin, with Rangers' £15million valuation of the player ending any hopes of a move. 

Sky Sports have reported that they are in the race for Crystal Palace's Glen Murray, but like Grabban is wanted by Bournemouth whose wealth places them ahead of Neil's side in the pecking order. 

Norwich would be wise to pursue a deal for Nikica Jelavic, whose Premier League experience could prove key, but they need to act fast if they are to continue their steady form throughout the campaign. 

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