Jim confirms second bid for Norris

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton today revealed that he has made a second improved offer to Plymouth for their midfield player David Norris.And the Blues' boss also confirmed that he is likely to up the bid that was turned down last week by Leicester City for central defender Gareth McAuley.

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton today revealed that he has made a second improved offer to Plymouth for their midfield player David Norris.

And the Blues' boss also confirmed that he is likely to up the bid that was turned down last week by Leicester City for central defender Gareth McAuley.

Magilton is still waiting to make his first signing in the Marcus Evans' era and with the transfer window now more than two weeks old.

But he said today: “I have identified the players that we want and we have not gone the whole hog yet.

“We see David Norris and Gareth McAuley as players that can make a big different to us and these are who we are concentrating on most at the moment.

“If they do not come off, and we are hopeful that we will eventually get our man, then plan B could come into action.”

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Magilton expects opposition from Plymouth as their fans are up in arms at the thought that Norris may be leaving Home Park.

But Magilton said: “We are determined to get him and have gone back with a very good improved offer last night.

“The transfer window does hijack prices and causes its own problems but it is there and it is something that we have to deal with.”

Magilton knocked back reports that he was interested in Birmingham defender Martin Taylor, Aberdeen striker Lee Miller and Barry Robson, who plays for Dundee United.

Magilton confirmed that he has not had one single offer for any of his players although he expects a knock on the door soon with the likes of George O'Callaghan, Chris Casement and Sammy Moore going out on loan.

Magilton is not going to pursue his interest in Portuguese midfielder Ricardo Fernandez who has been on trial this week. Magilton said: “The 29-year-old is a good player but we are not going to pursue him.”

Gary Roberts is included in the squad for tomorrow's game against Blackpool after impressing the manager in training having been out in the cold in recent weeks.

Magilton said: “We are waiting to see how Gavin Williams is and we will not push him if there is a chance it could mean longer term damage, but everybody else is fit and well.”

Ipswich are flying to Blackpool from Stansted later today with the Bloomfield Road pitch likely to be very heavy with rain forecast for much of today and tomorrow.