D-Day for Norris saga looms

THE David Norris saga is expected to come to a head today.Plymouth Argyle's board met last night to discuss Ipswich Town's bid of around £1.7m for the midfielder who has told the Pilgrims he wants to leave.

Derek Davis

THE David Norris saga is expected to come to a head today.

Plymouth Argyle's board met last night to discuss Ipswich Town's bid of around £1.7m for the midfielder who has told the Pilgrims he wants to leave.

While they are desperate to hang on to the 26-year-old they are also mindful that Norris is unsettled and are considering bids from Town, Leicester City and Southampton. Wolves and Norwich are also understood to be interested but have not yet shown their hand.


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Peterborough-born Norris is understood to be torn between joining Town or the Foxes, and work with former boss Ian Holloway again but City will only get the chance to talk to him if the match the Blues offer which is understood to be the best offer so far.

Plymouth need to pay 50 per cent of any fee to Bolton, although they have been negotiating with Wanderers to get that percentage down.

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With Alan Quinn expected to complete his medical with the Blues today Magilton has already landed one permanent signing after agreeing a deal of around £400,000 with Sheffield United.

Gareth McAuley also remains on his radar although he has yet to make an improved offer for the Leicester centre half who Holloway has made clear he wants to keep.

Town are also showing an interest in Coventry City's Leon Best but will probably only make a move for him if Alan Lee moves to Burnley, although Town had still not received a formal offer from Clarets as of last night.

With players coming in, Magilton is clearing the decks and has already told George O'Callaghan he can return to Ireland.

The 28-year-old returned home yesterday to hold talks with Bohemians, St Patrick's and Cork City.

Former club Cork are the favourites to land O'Callaghan who last night spoke of his gratitude to the Blues

O'Callaghan said: “O'Callaghan said: “I'm grateful to Jim Magilton and Ipswich Town for letting me go. I need to be playing and I will be speaking to a few clubs over the next couple of days.

“It is a shame I didn't not get to play more for Ipswich and show the fans what I can do but that's football. Ipswich is a terrific club with a fantastic set of lads, we had a real craic in the dressing room and the fans were brilliant.

“But I want to be playing all the time and it is best I move on.”

O'Callaghan made 12 appearances for Town scoring in the 5-1 win over Barnsley.

Blues boss Jim Magilton said: “George is a great lad but he is 28 now and needs to be playing regular first team football. We have not been able to give him that and we won't stand in his way.”

Among the other players Magilton will look to put out on loan to play more games are Chris Casement, Tommy Smith, Sammy Moore and Jaime Peters.

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