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Whilst Sunderland have been credited with an interest in Ollie Norburn, a Shrewsbury Town reporter has claimed that Sam Ricketts will not be keen to sell, and that he’ll cost far more than the fee being bandied around.

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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:

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.

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