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Hughton confirms Becchio talks

Leeds striker Luciano Becchio Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has confirmed that talks about a possible deal to sign Leeds United striker Luciano Becchio are ongoing.

Reports in the past day or so suggested that the Argentinian could be heading to Carrow Road, with City striker Steve Morison moving to Elland Road.

Becchio, 29, submitted a formal transfer request earlier this month following the breakdown of new contract talks.

Speaking after Norwich's 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League last night (January 30), Hughton said, "The clubs are in discussion and that's one I hope gets done.

"As for Steve Morison, whether that has to be done as part of the deal I don't know, but that's what the talks are".

Hughton also revealed that their chances of landing Celtic striker Gary Hooper are fading.

''I think everybody knows where we are with Gary Hooper'" Hughton said.

"We have put in a couple of bids in for him which have been turned down by Celtic. It's their prerogative. He's a very important player for them so whether anything further will happen on that I don't know".

Meanwhile Hughton is excited about the prospect of Sierre Leone international Kei Kamara joining Norwich.

The 28 year old has agreed a loan deal from United States MLS club Sporting Kansas City, subject to immigration clearance.

Kamara scored 11 goals in 33 games for Sporting Kansas last season.

"He's a player who's done very very well in the MLS in the last few seasons", Hughton added.

"Scored a lot of goals, a lot of assists, and I think he will give us another dimension in the forward areas.

"I've seen him play, but anybody coming from a different country, a different division, it's a case of how quickly they can settle in. I think we're not just taking an average player from that division. We're taking a player who has excelled in recent seasons".

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