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Town Reported to Have Rejected Norris Bid
Town Reported to Have Rejected Norris Bid
Thursday, 20th Jan 2011 18:06

Town are reported to have turned down a bid from Portsmouth for skipper David Norris. A number of this morning's newspapers claimed that Pompey had offered the Blues £250,000 for the 29-year-old midfielder.

Town aren’t commenting either way, as is their usual position on transfer speculation, although manager Paul Jewell said that he wasn’t looking to move any of his players on at this afternoon’s press conference.

Norris, who is one of the 21 players out of contract at the end of the season admitted last week that if his Town future isn't sorted soon, he could talk to other clubs about contracts for next season, something he is allowed to do with less than six months of his current deal remaining.

The 29-year-old said: “I could be out of work in five months’ time so I have to look after myself. I can talk to other clubs if I want and that is a situation that I have to look at.

“Nobody is naïve enough to think that other clubs are not aware of a player's situation and my agent has been taking a few enquiries.”

Alternatively, the Blues could look to cash in on the Peterborough-born midfielder now, although they are likely to want a fee significantly higher than what's reported to be currently on offer.

Norris, who cost Town a fee believed to be in the region of £2 million when he signed from Plymouth in January 2008, was offered a new two-year contract at the end of last year, but despite the ex-Boston and Bolton man stating that he wants to stay at Portman Road, a deal is yet to be completed.

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mjw_1983 added 18:18 - Jan 20
he won't go there, he'll never get paid

truckertractorboy added 18:38 - Jan 20
Hoping this is all news paper rubbish not saying he is the best in the world but his work rate is 100% we could do with keeping him so please dont go chuck

Mark added 18:38 - Jan 20
Ipswich will just have to accept they made a massive error letting these key players into the last months of their contracts, and pay them higher wages than they otherwise would. I'd rather pay higher wages now and sell the players in the summer for proper fees if we decide not to keep them! Norris would probably be worth about £1M if he had him on a 3-year contract.

bedsitfc added 18:40 - Jan 20
As expected bid re-buffed due to pj still looking at the squad and also its a very low offer. I fully expect norris to sign new contract before arsenal game.

TheBlueStig added 18:48 - Jan 20
If Norris wants to stay at Ipswich then to be honest he should be signing the Two-Year deal he was offered and put it to bed. On the other hand he is probably our most influential player and the first name on the team sheet each week. So I would offer him what he wants as he is an important player, same with Gareth McAuley.

Radlett_blue added 18:50 - Jan 20
"Cash in" Phil? A near 30-y-o Championship midfielder with 6 months on his contract - 500k tops IMO.

gloucester_tractor added 18:59 - Jan 20
i think wee should keep him even if he lets his contract run down as he always gives his all.
Got to be worth keeping just for trying to put john terry in the stand the other week.

jas0999 added 18:59 - Jan 20
If the club have allowed these players the opportunity to speak to other clubs,then clearly they are a) not bothered b) don't want them. Suggest Clegg stops worrying about the Olympic Stadium and either signs the players up OR sells them for some sort of fee now. Would be criminal to allow Norris toleave for nothing!

Back_The_Boss added 19:20 - Jan 20
I know he may be out of contract but £250,000 is little short of a joke!

itfc1981 added 19:51 - Jan 20
He wont go he wants to play in europe with us next season!

Bobby_Petta added 20:03 - Jan 20
Get rid, over rated and waste of 2 mill, can't pass, He try's hard and gives his all, but that what get you up, lacks skill, don't think his worth much more nearly 30.

MarkITFC added 20:04 - Jan 20
hahaha 250 000 ??? is this a joke ?

Y would he want to leave us n go there ? were just as big a club as pompey .

he's also Captain u would expect him be loyal n love the club !

floridaboy added 20:17 - Jan 20
At the end of the day the club should basically say 'here is a very good 2 year contract, sign it or clear off'

I am sure there are better, more skilful midfield players in the lower leagues/Scotland who can do a far better job

Back to the good old loyalty issue I think!

radiogaga added 20:25 - Jan 20
I thought Portsmouth only just avoided liquidation a few months ago...now they have £250,000 to buy a new player with? :S

cromwellblue added 20:58 - Jan 20
Yes, club at fault for letting this get this far. Clearly they were playing the long game with manager uncertainty.

Today Wheater went to Bolton for 2.3M + 1.5M in add ons and his contract expires at end of season.

It's not unreasonalbe to expect a fair fee in this situation. 250K is a chancers offer. Based on where we are that fee would never justify selling compared to what he would contribute over the remainder of the season.

1M plus needed to justify a sale.

katemoss added 21:26 - Jan 20
If Norris behaves like he did at Plymouth when he heard Ipswich were interested in him, he'll throw all his toys out of the pram and will be gone by close of transfer window.

katemoss added 21:38 - Jan 20
Let him go now, we won't be able to afford his wages in League 1.

Paul_Jewell_Manager added 04:39 - Jan 21
agree katemoss.no way can we afford this guys wages and the guy should be on his hands and knees begging us to sign his contract. humility norris, get some! behaved badly at plymouth and now here, time to get rid and bring in some youngsters on permanents who would cry with honour everytime they put on the shirt. where has the passion gone in this club? katemoss has it,which is why she is so negative because she KNOWS this club has lost it.
well done katemoss for saying things as they are,rather than just pretending everythings going to be alright. things won't be alright until we bring back passion to this football club. the players are all driving round in sportscars and don't care a fig about this club (even mCcauleys now let me down)

Paul_Jewell_Manager added 04:41 - Jan 21
how empty will our ship be in league 1? who will stay? those who would are the players we need to keep now.

guentchev added 05:26 - Jan 21
Oh dear ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
nice to see TWTD as positive as ever!!

PJewellisaGod added 05:45 - Jan 21
Meanwhile, Clegg sits there worrying about the intricacies of the Olympic Stadium....
If Pompey up the offer, I think they may well get him. By not signing our contract he is sending a clear message of intent. We either take the money now and get someone in or lose him in 5 months (in fact, long before that,- he will agree a contract with someone else and his mind will no longer be on the game). I believe that Mc and Chuck Norris have sent clear messages to the club and it won't be long before they find a deal at another one. It might be in everyone's best interests to off-load Chuck now, but squeeze a bit more out of Pompey first.

lunatic38 added 09:02 - Jan 21
If we keep this player and sell Leadbitter then the little bit of faith restored at Keanes departure will be destroyed in one fail swoop!!

whippet added 10:08 - Jan 21
looks like we have become a selling club rather than a buying club, all our players are up for grabs

bluelady added 11:21 - Jan 23
dirtyd i suspect his agent has told their agents that he wants to play for them, i doubt Cotterill has actually spoken to Norris! might be wrong but just think this is all a game, agents will be the ruination of football.

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