Dalglish on Blues trial

WITH one bid turned down, another in abeyance, Ipswich Town have moved to bring in their first new player - Paul Dalglish.The former Norwich City forward is due to join the Blues on Thursday for a three-day trial.

WITH one bid turned down, another in abeyance, Ipswich Town have moved to bring in their first new player - Paul Dalglish.

The former Norwich City forward is due to join the Blues on Thursday for a three-day trial.

Town are still hoping to make more permanent signings this week but have yet to hear back about the second bid they have made.

Plymouth have confirmed they have turned down bids from Ipswich, Leicester City and Southampton for offers in excess of £1.2m for David Norris, who is suspended for this weekend's matches anyway.


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It appears Town have also shown a strong interest in Cardiff's Paul Parry along with Stoke City, who are said to be preparing a bid of between £500,000 and £750,000 for the winger who scored against the Blues earlier this month.

But a move for Andy Griffin, who is set to join Stoke City from Derby County today, has not been made despite rumours to the contrary.

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As Ipswich manager Jim Magilton continues to strive in bringing in new players he has opened his doors to former Newcastle, Norwich, and Blackpool forward Dalglish, son of footballing legend Kenny Dalglish.

The 29-year-old Glaswegian has spent the past two years playing in the MLS with Houston Dynamo after leaving Hibs, where he had been signed by Tony Mowbray, and is now a free agent.

After being voted Man of The Match for scoring twice in Dynamo's 3-1 MLS Cup win over Colorado Rapids in November 2006, Dalglish spent a frustrating season curtailed by injury and needed an ankle operation last August.

Dalglish also had loans spells at Wigan, Bury and Scunthorpe before playing at Linfield in Ireland and in Italy with Modena. Injury problems looked to have ended his career and he was looking to launch himself as a media presenter before his career kick-started again at Livingston and then Hibs.

Dalglish knocked in just two goals in 43 league games for Norwich after a £300,000 switch from Newcastle, where his dad was manager.

The striker will link up with the Blues squad for a three-day trial and other players are expected to be looked at over the next couple of weeks.

Magilton is still looking to trim his squad with scouts, including former England boss Peter Taylor who is now manager at Stevenage, watching yesterday's 2-0 reserve win over Peterborough.

Matt Richards was pulled out of the squad less than an hour before kick-off after originally being named to play with the club insisting he had a cold.

Brighton are keen to wrap up a new deal for the defender with their chairman Dick Knight saying over the weekend he was confident it would happen, although Richards has yet to decide.

The Blues will find out today if they have been successful in their appeal over Liam Trotter's red card, although Mark Halsey has not said he is willing to rescind the card.

Town will have another Premier League referee on Saturday against Stoke when Keith Stroud takes charge.

If Trotter loses the appeal, Tommy Miller is available while George O'Callaghan showed his readiness in the reserves.

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