Norwich transfer update: Hughton under scrutiny, another Serie A bid denied

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Chris Hughton has been warned further slip-ups will not be tolerated as the transfer market remains open.

The Canaries have failed to win in their last eight matches across all competitions – more misery piled on by Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to Fulham in an FA Cup third-round replay.

Chief executive David McNally told BBC Radio Norfolk after the defeat that Hughton is safe as long as the club stay out of the bottom three, referring to relegation as “worse than death”.

Norwich City teeter precariously just two points above the drop zone heading into the weekend’s encounter against Hull – so the Irishman’s task to evade the sack is indeed at hand.

Beyond a potential change at the helm there have been a trio of developments at Carrow Road since earlier in the week – including another failed swoop for a Serie A defender.

After reportedly having an £8.3m bid for Inter’s Andrea Ranocchia rejected by the centre-back, AS Roma’s Nicolas Burdisso has also allegedly spurned a Norwich move.

Sky Sport Italia have claimed that the Argentine – who confirmed he will depart the Italian capital in search of more minutes to be considered for World Cup selection – rebuffed the Canaries’ advances in hopes of joining a higher-profile club.

Further on FA Youth Cup hero Cameron McGeehan has joined Conference Premier leaders Luton Town on a one-month loan deal to gain experience at the senior level.

The 18-year-old – formerly a Chelsea trainee - captained the Canaries youngsters to victory in last season’s final against his former club, scoring in each leg of the double-barreled tie.

And in a final twist Norwich stand to gain from previous business, as a Premier League panel have ruled Aston Villa must shell out £450,000 plus VAT to their Carrow Road counterparts for the capture of goalkeeper Jed Steer.

Steer declined a new contract offer from the Canaries in the summer to join Paul Lambert’s side, but as the shot stopper is under 24 Villa are required to supply compensation.

Factoring in appearance incentives Norwich stand to gain up to £1.175m, whilst the club are also entitled to 20% of the incoming fee if Steer is sold on by Villa in the future.

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