Kiely on way out as Addicks consider Green bid
Charlton manager Alan Curbishley could renew his interest in England goalkeeper Robert Green this week should, as expected, Dean Kiely leave The Valley.
Veteran former Republic of Ireland international Kiely has found himself slipping down the pecking order this season after failing to retain his first-team place following recovery from a finger injury suffered on the eve of the new campaign.
Portsmouth are one of several top-flight clubs reported to be interested, with the 35-year-old goalkeeper admitting it may now be time to move on, as Thomas Myhre and Stephan Andersen are both also fighting for a regular first-team place.
It is, meanwhile, no secret Norwich keeper Green believes a move back to the top-flight is imperative to his ambitions of making the final World Cup squad in the summer.
The 26-year-old threw his shirt into the crowd after the Canaries' 3-2 defeat by Watford on Saturday in what appeared to be a farewell to the home fans.
The Surrey-born stopper later insisted the incident was down to 'just pure frustration' rather than an indication he was set to leave, with Fratton Park another suggested possible destination.
Curbishley is reported to be a big admirer of Green, who won his first, and so far only, England cap in a friendly against Colombia during the tour of the United States at the end of May.
The Norfolk club - who on Saturday agreed a club-record £7.25million deal for striker Dean Ashton from West Ham - would be looking for around £2m for a player who came up through their youth ranks.
However, with Canaries manager Nigel Worthington now eager to do some quick recruiting before the transfer window closes, it is likely a cash-plus-player deal would be acceptable, with striker Kevin Lisbie, who spent a loan spell at Carrow Road earlier in the season, understood to be part of a potential package on offer.
Following the arrival of Marcus Bent from Everton, who scored on his debut in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea yesterday, Curbishley admits he now has a 'surplus' in his squad, particularly in attack.
But for any further movement in the transfer market, players are likely to have to move on before others can be brought in.
Birmingham's interest in want-away attacking midfielder Jason Euell appears to have cooled, while the likes of Francis Jeffers and Jonatan Johansson have both been linked with possible loan moves to Sheffield United and Millwall respectively.
Andersen was reported in the Danish press last week as being frustrated at losing his place in the Charlton side to Myhre, and indicated he would consider a move if it meant regular first-team football - something which Curbishley was quick to dispel in the build-up to their trip to Stamford Bridge.