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Town To Lose Out On Pilkington Signing
Wednesday, 9th Jan 2019 12:39

Wigan Athletic appear to have won the race to sign Cardiff winger Anthony Pilkington, despite Town having made him a better financial offer, and he is set to be unveiled by the Latics later today.

TWTD understands Pilkington, 30, took the decision to join the Latics for purely personal reasons because his family home is in the North West and he was keen to relocate there.

Town boss Paul Lambert had targeted the Republic of Ireland international front man after working with him at Norwich, where he signed him from Huddersfield in a £2 million deal almost eight years ago.

Pilkington, who had also been linked with Blackburn, was out of favour at Cardiff, having not played for them since April last year and helping them to win promotion to the Premier League.

Lambert will now turn his attention elsewhere, with trialist Simon Dawkins still a possible new recruit after impressing for the U23s in Monday’s 4-2 win over Bristol City that keeps Town on top of the Professional Development League Two South table.

Former Tottenham, Derby and San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Dawkins, a 31-year-old Jamaican international, has been training with the first team for the last few weeks and is available on a free transfer. He worked briefly with Lambert, making four substitute appearances, during a loan spell at Aston Villa early in 2013.

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Reuserscurtains added 12:41 - Jan 9
First decent player we'd been linked with in months and we don't get him. Disappointed at this one.
Can't see any other good players being linked, I'm already starting to worry that Evans has lost the key to his '10 million war chest'!

jas1972 added 12:42 - Jan 9
How annoying

Popeye added 12:42 - Jan 9
B@gger would have been a good signing

COYBitfc added 12:42 - Jan 9
Wigan a better proposition than Ipswich, seen it twice now.... Oh how far we have fallen

martin587 added 12:43 - Jan 9
Money talks.🤔

Michael101 added 12:44 - Jan 9
What a suprize,NOT

GFH added 12:44 - Jan 9
I think we all expected this to happen, it's a pity but we have to find someone else now.

TimmyH added 12:44 - Jan 9
That says it all about us currently and we give him a better deal and he still chooses Wigan!...Personally would have preferred him over Quaner, I think the days of signing anybody with a reasonable amount of quality are over.

ruds added 12:44 - Jan 9
Perhaps the Norwich factor came into this decision , much like Cameron Jerome pre-season?


BlueandTruesince82 added 12:44 - Jan 9
Not supprised but gutted, the word is we did put up for Pilks, would have taken over his contract

StringerBell added 12:45 - Jan 9
"So Anthony, what was it that persuaded you to reject the club 10 points adrift?"

BaddowBlue1 added 12:45 - Jan 9
Disappointing but our last too purchases from Cardiff have spent more time on the treatment table rather than playing. Warnock doesn't let them go without a reason!

dawoolah added 12:45 - Jan 9
Did you not read the article before you started moaning?

" took the decision to join the Latics for purely personal reasons because his family home is in the North West and he was keen to relocate there."

Northstander_Blue added 12:47 - Jan 9
Shock horror ex norwich player Chooses family over club

AbujaBlue added 12:48 - Jan 9
Do some people actually read the story? It gives personal family reasons as a core motive for the move.

It's a shame but not really surprising given our current 'status' even if we were to disregard his personal reasons for the move. We are still early in the month and I trust PL to move on to the next target.

ArnieM added 12:49 - Jan 9
Not surprised one little bit. Playing nearer to home in
Your twilight years would always win .

BlueBlood90 added 12:50 - Jan 9
I would've been fairly happy if we signed him but I'm not overly fussed about missing out on a player who has only played once in two years. We need players who are fully fit and ready to play.

timspencero added 12:53 - Jan 9
This is a bad symptom of the general malaise.

We need to pull some aces from sleeves, if only for morale!

TractorCam added 12:56 - Jan 9
martin587, it clearly says right at the start of the article Town made the better offer financially.

floridaboy added 12:58 - Jan 9
Sorry but cannot blame him if his family live up north. Wish people would read the story and the reasons rather than just use it as an excuse to have a go at the club!

brendenward35 added 13:00 - Jan 9
Positive about this is town offer more money than Wigan and only personal reason sold him Wigan. So it does show Marcus is will to open the war chest to get players in

brendenward35 added 13:04 - Jan 9

howdonblue added 13:05 - Jan 9
Most important to sign players who want to be at our club !

barrystedmunds added 13:06 - Jan 9
Says it all, really!

horsehollerer added 13:06 - Jan 9
There's always at least one fckwit who doesn't read the story before commenting. We cannot do anything about where his family is from. At least it sounds like we made him a better offer than Wigan.

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