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Lambert: Norris Could Be Recalled, Bart Interest Possible in January
Friday, 29th Nov 2019 15:40

Blues manager Paul Lambert has admitted that Wolves could recall keeper Will Norris from his loan in January but says he has had no thoughts about bringing Bartosz Bialkowski back from his spell at Millwall, although says it's possible other clubs "could come and buy" the Polish international in the transfer window.

Earlier this week, Lions boss Gary Rowett said he knew nothing of rumours that Bialkowski could be recalled by Town in order to be sold in January.

Quizzed on whether that was something he might look at, Lambert said: “I haven’t even thought about it to be fair. We’ve got two brilliant goalkeepers here in Will Norris and Tomas Holy and I haven’t really thought about that at the minute. I guess in a few weeks’ time I probably will.”

Bialkowski, 32, who is contracted to Town until the summer of 2021 with the club having an option for a further season, joined Millwall on a season-long loan in July, a permanent £900,000 move having broken down the previous month due to concerns regarding his knee which emerged in a medical.

Lambert agreed that other clubs could show interest in signing Bialkowski on a permanent basis in January: “They could come and buy, especially if he’s playing well.”

The Blues boss also revealed that Norris could be subject to a recall by Wolves in January.

“We never did have him all season, Wolves can have a recall in January,” he confirmed.

“They can take him back if they want to so it’s a dangerous situation for ourselves and the club.

"But hopefully that doesn’t happen. We’ll need to speak to Wolves as well and find out what’s happening there.”

Have they said anything about his situation up to now, the 26-year-old having made only three League One starts and four cup appearances since joining on a season-long loan in July.

“I think they’re happy with him,” Lambert added. “But as I said before, I’ve been around the game long enough to know that anything could happen in a window.

“People get injured, the Wolves goalkeeper could get injured on 3rd January and they take Will Norris back and it leaves us scrambling a bit, so we have to sort that situation out.”

Winger Anthony Georgiou’s loan is up in January and Lambert says he will also have to speak to Spurs about his situation, the Cypriot international having made nine League One sub appearances and three cup starts since signing in August.

“We’ll find out there as well what we’ll do,” the Blues manager said. “That’s the problem with loans.”

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ronnyd added 20:20 - Nov 29
To me it seems ludicrous to have a keeper who is ours out on loan, then get another clubs player in, on loan, to play for us. I know it,s the way of the game now but still sounds crazy.

olimar added 21:10 - Nov 29
Bart is paid £20k per week, Norris is probably paid £5k per week.
Thats why Bart is on loan at Millwall and we have Norris on loan.

ronnyd added 22:01 - Nov 29
Do we pay any of Barts wages?

ArnieM added 22:04 - Nov 29
Ronny. Two words as to why ..... Barts wages!

ArnieM added 22:08 - Nov 29
We would do clearly ,if he was at the club. I suspect Town have offloaded him this season on loan . Millwall were desperate for a GK just b4 the season started, so I wouldn’t be Surprised if Town got their wish that MFC pay the very large % if not all, of his wages. There’s no way ITFC could pay Barts wages in League One. Blood6 stupid giving him such an expensive contract in the first place IMO

WhoisJimmyJuan added 22:29 - Nov 29
Everyone loves a Hindsight Harry.

blues1 added 22:55 - Nov 29
Ronnyd. Normally I'd agree that that is ludicrous. But remember, bart is only on loan there due to a permanent move falling through, when bart failed his medical. Otherwise he would be their player. Surprising how so many people seem to forget that

ArnieM added 08:01 - Nov 30
JImmyJuan: Certainly not hindsight on my part . Ive never rated Bart. Too many errors of the dimple basic goal keeping kind for me. I’d never have given Bart another contract and would Have sold hime . Vastly I overrated Gk .

WhoisJimmyJuan added 08:58 - Nov 30
You're genuinely articulate and seem intelligent Arnie. Respect your views and would love to argue amicably with you over a few pints. I don't agree about Bart and don't remember howls of protests when he signed the new contract but I'll accept if my memory is at fault. Respect your opinion though.

Dissboyitfc added 09:01 - Nov 30
Last year he was poor and although he could have an error or two in him he was our player of the year 2 or 3 years running and deservedly so and on merit, kept us up and MM in a job!

At his best a top goal keeper in the championship!

Dissboyitfc added 09:03 - Nov 30
And agree Jimmy, many relieved fans when he signed a new contract!

Len_Brennan added 09:22 - Nov 30
Bart was our player of the year 3 seasons in a row & we can credibly argue that he was the best keeper in the Championship during that time - I certainty wouldn't have swapped for for any other keeper.
Last season he did not have a good time, and there are a number of reasons why this was the case - one of which may have been an attitude issue that he has to take personal responsibility for - but given the previous 3 seasons & the carnage presided over by a little man currently in Scunthorpe, I'm prepared to cut him some slack.
Millwall clearly think they have gotten themselves a very good Championship keeper & I have seen/heard enough positive reviews of him on Sky Sports News & Quest EFL to think he is back performing to the standards we were used to.
I would imagine the game here is to try & force Millwall into a permanent deal for the guts of £1m by suggesting they could lose him in January; the fee secured, plus the relief of getting his wages off our books permanently, would then allow us to make a strong offer for Norris on a full contract.

WeWereZombies added 10:46 - Nov 30
That photo of Bart in the Adidas top makes you realise how rank most shirt sponsor logos make a shirt look.

Robert_Garrett added 15:34 - Nov 30
It's quite easy< to sell him on in January and bring Bart back as a coach at a later date. That way he is not completely lost to the Blues. Norris could be had for Little Money however he will be on a large contract so Patience to await this maturing and then sign him.

Dozzells_Bobblehat added 23:48 - Nov 30
Arnie I think you are in the minority .
Millwall fans love him too.

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