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Norwich City: Olsson handed extended ban as Canaries close on Jerome and Cuéllar deals

Martin Olsson sees red at Molineux.
Martin Olsson sees red at Molineux. Credit: PA

Norwich City defender Martin Olsson has been handed an extra three match ban by the FA after making physical contact with the referee during last weekend's opening day defeat to Wolves.

Olsson appeared to push referee Simon Hooper after he was sent off at Molineux.

The Sweden international was suspended for Saturday's win over Watford, and will now also sit out games against Blackburn Rovers, Ipswich Town and Crawley Town.

The Canaries have decided not to appeal the charge, and Olsson has also been fined £3,000.

Cameron Jerome spent time on loan at Crystal Palace last season.
Cameron Jerome spent time on loan at Crystal Palace last season. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Norwich are thought to be closing in on a couple of new signings.

A fee of £1.5million has been agreed with Stoke City for striker Cameron Jerome according to the Stoke Sentinel.

The powerful forward is also attracting interest from Celtic, but it's understood that he would prefer a move to Carrow Road.

Carlos Cuéllar was released by Sunderland this summer.
Carlos Cuéllar was released by Sunderland this summer. Credit: PA

The Canaries could also add experienced defender Carlos Cuéllar to their ranks.

The Spaniard has been without a club since leaving Sunderland at the end of last season, and is believed to have undergone a medical in Norfolk today.

Two fans suspended over Norwich City racism allegations

Norwich City Football Club.
Two fans have been suspended from matches at Carrow Road. Credit: Stephen Pond/ PA Images

Norwich City Football Club has suspended two supporters allegedly involved in racist abuse at last Sunday's match against Wolves.

The Canaries said the fans had been banned from attending games at Carrow Road pending the outcome of an investigation.

The club received a number of complaints from Norwich supporters who were at NCFC's opening match of the Championship season at Molineux.

"If, as a result of our investigation, the club is satisfied any individuals are guilty of racist behaviour, we will issue them with lifetime bans from attending games at Carrow Road."

– Norwich City Football Club spokesman.

City has passed its evidence on to police who are also investigating the matter.

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Wes Hoolahan performs stunning U-turn to stay at Norwich City

Wes Hoolahan is staying at Carrow Road.
Wes Hoolahan is staying at Carrow Road. Credit: PA

Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan has performed a remarkable U-turn, by signing a new two-year contract with the club.

Hoolahan will now stay with Norwich until 2017.

The 32-year-old submitted a transfer request in January in a bid to push through a move to Aston Villa, but the Canaries refused to sell.

He then failed to celebrate after scoring for Norwich against Villa in March.

Hoolahan fails to celebrate against Aston Villa.
Hoolahan fails to celebrate against Aston Villa. Credit: PA

However, new Norwich boss Neil Adams has now persuaded the talented playmaker that his future lies at Carrow Road.

Hoolahan joined Norwich in 2008 from Blackpool and has established himself as a fans' favourite.

The news is a major boost for the club ahead of the new Championship season which kicks off at Wolves on Sunday.

"I'm delighted to have signed.

Obviously last year it was a bad season for me but I came back in for the pre-season and the manager spoke to me and talked me through his plans.

Now I just can't wait to get started and I'm delighted to be here for another couple of seasons."

– Wes Hoolahan, Norwich City

Read more: Hoolahan defends 'non-celebration'

Van Wolfswinkel joins Saint-Étienne

Norwich City's record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel has joined French club Saint-Étienne on a season-long loan.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Ricky van Wolfswinkel Credit: PA Images

The 25-year-old moved to Carrow Road last summer for a fee approaching £8.5million but only scored one goal in 27 appearances as the Canaries were relegated from the Premier League.

It's thought that Saint-Étienne have the option to buy the Dutchman at the end of the loan spell for €6million (£4.75million).

I can't speak highly enough about how professional Ricky has been, even though he had a difficult first season at the club.

His attitude has been first class, and this move represents an opportunity for him to play regularly and get back to scoring goals in the way he has done in the past. We wish him the best of luck.

– Neil Adams, Norwich City Manager

Norwich City land former QPR midfielder Gary O'Neil

Gary O'Neil has signed for Norwich City.
Gary O'Neil has signed for Norwich City. Credit: PA

Norwich City have signed midfielder Gary O'Neil on a free transfer.

The 31-year-old has agreed a two-year contract at Carrow Road.

O'Neil made over 30 appearance for QPR last season as they gained promotion to the Premier League, but was released this summer.

The former Portsmouth man won't be eligible to make his Canaries debut against Wolves on Sunday as he still needs to serve a one-match suspension.

He was sent off in QPR's play-off final win over Derby County in May.

Gary O'Neil brings down Derby County's Johnny Russell in last season's Play-Off final.
Gary O'Neil brings down Derby County's Johnny Russell in last season's play-off final. Credit: PA

“I’m really pleased. I trained with the lads this morning and I’m just ready to get going now.

It’s a good club that has still got loads of good players, so hopefully we’ll have a good year. They’re keen to get back to the Premier League, they have fantastic support and everyone I’ve spoken to has said what a great club it is and what a great area it is to live."

– Gary O'Neil, Norwich City

Norwich boss Neil Adams was equally pleased to get the deal wrapped up, and thinks that O'Neil's experience will prove to be a valuable asset.

“Gary’s a very experienced player. He’s featured in the Premier League and Championship all his career and he can play in a number of roles through the midfield.

He was with QPR when they achieved promotion to the Premier League, so he’s the precisely the sort of player needed."

– Neil Adams, Norwich City Manager

Read more: Bennett signs new Norwich deal

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Norwich City defender Ryan Bennett agrees new contract

Ryan Bennett has agreed a new three-year contract with Norwich City.
Ryan Bennett has agreed a new three-year contract with Norwich City. Credit: PA

Highly-rated Norwich City defender Ryan Bennett has agreed a new three-year contract with the club.

The 24-year-old joined the Canaries from Peterborough United in a deal thought to have exceeded £3million back in 2012.

Bennett will now stay at Carrow Road until the summer of 2017 and has already targeted a return to top flight.

"Signing is something I was looking to do and I couldn’t be happier to do it.

Personally and family wise, it’s been an unbelievable two years with everyone around the club and I’m very happy to extend that.

With the size of the club and the ambitions we've got for this season and the future – we want to be back in the Premier League which is where every player wants to be playing - signing this extension gives me a few extra years here and hopefully we can build that together."

– Ryan Bennett, Norwich City

Reports: Ricky van Wolfswinkel on the verge of Norwich City exit

Ricky van Wolfswinkel looks set to leave Norwich City.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel looks set to leave Norwich City. Credit: PA

Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is set to sign for French club Saint-Étienne on a season-long loan deal, according to reports across the channel.

Reputable newspaper L'Équipe says that the 25-year-old will undergo a medical today and that Saint-Étienne will pay his entire salary.

The paper also says that Les Verts will have the option to buy van Wolfswinkel at the end of the loan for a fee of €6million.

Van Wolfswinkel became Norwich's record signing when he joined for £8.5million from Sporting Lisbon last summer, but he struggled for form in his first season in England - only scoring once.

Van Wolfswinkel is seen as a replacement for Brandão.
Van Wolfswinkel is seen as a replacement for Brandão. Credit: PA

Saint-Étienne, who finished 4th in Ligue 1 last season, see the Dutchman as an ideal replacement for Brazilian forward Brandão who moved to Bastia this week.

Norwich City knock back QPR offer for Leroy Fer

Leroy Fer celebrates scoring for Holland at the World Cup.
Leroy Fer celebrates scoring for Holland at the World Cup. Credit: PA

Norwich City have rejected an offer from QPR for midfielder Leroy Fer, according to reports in London.

West London Sport says that Rangers have seen their initial bid rebuffed, but are likely to return with an improved offer.

Fer is still on holiday after starring for Holland at the World Cup, and Canaries boss Neil Adams has previously stated his desire to keep the 24-year-old at Carrow Road.

However, QPR manager Harry Redknapp is a known admirer of Fer and admitted his interest in the player earlier this week.

'He's a good player. You don't play in the Dutch team if you're not a good player.

If he's available I'm sure plenty of people will be interested."

– Harry Redknapp, QPR manager

Joe Royle leaves Norwich City role, and Leroy Fer could also be heading for the exit door

Joe Royle has left Norwich City.
Joe Royle has left Norwich City. Credit: PA

Norwich City's football consultant has left the club - just a month into his new role.

Ex Ipswich boss Joe Royle only joined the Canaries backroom team in June, but he's tonight been handed a role at Premier League side Everton.

He'll help to develop young players at Goodison Park.

Leroy Fer (centre) could also be heading for the exit door.
Leroy Fer (centre) could also be heading for the exit door. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Canaries midfielder Leroy Fer could also be on his way according to reports in Holland.

The 24-year-old has been strongly linked with a £4.8million move to newly-promoted QPR in the dutch press.

In terms of arrivals, Norwich have welcomed former Tottenham Hotspur favourite Tony Parks to the club today as their new goalkeeping coach.

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