Update on Norburn interest
Sunderland were linked with Shrewsbury Town captain Ollie Norburn yesterday, as the club look for an alternative to Greg Docherty.
Docherty had look set to swap Ibrox for the Stadium of Light but the deal was apparently put into doubt due to disagreements over the structure of the player’s wages and what percentage Sunderland should pay.
That has led to Docherty’s team-mate from last season, Norburn, being an alternative target:
Sunderland are interested in signing Shrewsbury captain Ollie Norburn. The midfielder is an alternative to Rangers’ Greg Docherty. Both players paired up in midfield for Shrewsbury last season #SAFC— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 20, 2020
Shrewsbury Star reporter Lewis Cox gave an update on Norburn’s situation on Twitter last night, suggesting that the player is the last player that Town manager Sam Ricketts would want to sell.
Cox says the player still has two-and-a-half years left on his current deal and, replying to a fan, suggests that Sunderland would have to pay far more than £200,000 for the midfielder.
Norburn has played 23 times for Shrewsbury in all competitions so far this season and had a stellar season last term, finding the net 11 times and providing a further five assists from midfield.
Norburn. Can’t verify Sunderland interest yet (but wouldn’t surprise.)— Lewis Cox (@LewisCox_star) January 20, 2020
One thing for certain is he’s last player Ricketts and Town would entertain losing. Very highly regarded at club and has two-and-a-half years left on his deal at #salop.
Would take a huge #safc offer.
Absolutely miles away— Lewis Cox (@LewisCox_star) January 20, 2020