Town to make last-ditch Norris bid

BLUES boss Jim Magilton is set to make one more big push to land David Norris and has dismissed reports he has gone in for Dundee United midfielder Barry Robson.

Derek Davis

BLUES boss Jim Magilton is set to make one more big push to land David Norris and has dismissed reports he has gone in for Dundee United midfielder Barry Robson.

The Plymouth Argyle midfielder remains Town's number one transfer target and Magilton is ready to test the Pilgrims resolve by mounting a final offer.

There have been more than 50 deals involving players going to Championship clubs and with less than a fortnight left a lot more transfers are still to come. But time is ticking away and Magilton is keen to settle the Norris situation one way or another and move on if necessary.


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If Town can't get agreement from the Plymouth board, who are under pressure from their fans not to sell, it could be they wait and go back in the summer.

It is unlikely that the Blues will wait much longer than early next week and if they don't get their man will switch their attentions.

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One player strongly linked with Town is Dundee United left midfielder Barry Robson who has scored nine goals from midfield this season.

Celtic, Portsmouth and Burnley, are also said to be keen on the £1.5m rated, 29-year-old who Magilton score a hat-trick against Hearts last month.

Town were reported to have had a representative at Clyde on Wednesday when he scored a 30-yard screamer to win the match but Magilton has denied making a move for Robson.

Magiton said: “He is a player I'm aware of. I was at the Dundee United game where he scored a hat-trick but people have put two and two together ands come up with five.

“I have not spoken to Craig Levein (Tangerines manager) about him or had any contact with Dundee United.”

The Tannadice outfit are understood to be willing to sell Robson who admits he would welcome a move to a bigger club.

Robson said: “I have absolutely no idea what will happen.

"At the moment I am just concentrating on playing for Dundee United, but obviously I want to progress as far as I can in my football career."

Magilton still has two other offers sitting on the back burner.

There has still been no response from the mysterious second bid and Town have not pursued that, while the third bid, around £700,000 for Gareth McAuley was rejected out of hand by Leicester City.

Leicester boss Ian Holloway is adamant the central defender is not for sale and Town have not gone in with a second bid for him as yet.

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