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McCann hopes to sing at Canaries

CHRIS McCANN could seal a move to Premier League side Norwich City after Burnley confirmed that the midfielder was leaving the club.

The 25-year-old made 269 appearances for the club, scoring 31 goals after joining their academy from Home Farm, and McCann played a big part in the Clarets' success in winning promotion to the Premier League, though his own season in the top flight lasted only seven games as a knee injury forced the former U-21 cap out for the rest of the term.

McCann had expressed a wish to play in the Premier League again and Canaries boss Chris Hughton is an admirer. Burnley have also released Dublin-born teenager Adam Evans.

Elsewhere, Ireland U-21 cap Conor Hourihane has signed a new two-year deal with League Two side Plymouth.

The midfielder has practically been an ever-present since he joined Plymouth from Ipswich in 2011 and boss John Sheridan was keen to tie down Hourihane on a longer deal.

"It has been fantastic for me since I have been at Plymouth," said Hourihane. "When I arrived here, it was really a case of sink or swim. I had to come to the table and show what I could do. It has worked out really well for me, and I can't wait to get going again."

Meanwhile, former U21 cap Saul Deeney has agreed a new one-year deal with Derby County.

And former Ireland man David Connolly is set to prolong his career as he will agree a new deal with Portsmouth.

Connolly (35) made a big impact when he arrived at Fratton Park midway through last season after a spell out of the game, scoring seven goals in 17 games, and while the club have now dropped into League Two, they want to have Connolly on board for next season.