Norris bid could be hit by fan power

IPSWICH Town's hopes of signing midfielder David Norris from Plymouth could be hit by fan power.The Blues have had one £1million plus bid turned down, and are still in dialogue with the west country club.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town's hopes of signing midfielder David Norris from Plymouth could be hit by fan power.

The Blues have had one £1million plus bid turned down, and are still in dialogue with the west country club.

But with Plymouth having already waved goodbye to three players in the transfer window, their supporters are up in arms over the potential loss of Norris.


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Norris is a fans' favourite at Home Park and Pilgrims manager Paul Sturrock is under no illusions the unrest it would cause if Norris was to join Sylvan Ebank-Blake, Barry Haynes and Dan Gosling in leaving the club.

A further factor in any potential deal is the fact that Norris' former club Bolton Wanderers are entitled to receive half of the transfer fee.

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Norris has been left unsettled by the interest in signing him and is keen to move away although Ipswich have competition with West Brom now reported to be joining the clubs showing an interest.

Ipswich still see Norris as a big target, but that might not now be the case with Leicester City central defender Gareth McAuley, who the Blues had a bid turned down for last week.

Ipswich have other irons in the fire in what is certain to remain a game of cat and mouse until the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

Magilton is sure to stay patient - as he stressed last week - and will not be paying over the odds for any player even as time gets tight as the window starts to close.

Ipswich are having a look at Portuguese left-sided midfielder Ricardo Fernandes on trial for two days.

The 29-year-old is under contract with Cyprus club APOEL Nicosia until the summer of 2010 and they have given permission for Ipswich take a look at the players who wants to move into English football.

He had one season with Porto after being signed by Jose Mourinho and became a key member of the side that famously won the Champions League and Portuguese League double in the 2003-2004 season. He came on as a substitute during the Champions League Final.Depending on how well he does over the next couple of days, Fernandes is not believed to be on Town manager Jim Magilton's immediate plans to add to his squad.

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