Competition for Jones
The transfer window closes tomorrow and Sunderland have been credited with late interest in the out of favour Rangers winger Jordan Jones.
The Northern Ireland international may be on his way out of Ibrox but he has plenty of suitors. Stoke City were thought to be favourites for the player due to his manager at international level Michael O’Neill also being the Potters’ manager.
However the Stoke Sentinel claim that a left winger is not a priority for the club.
One club who could challenge, should Phil Parkinson make a move for Jones, is Hull City. They are set to sell their Polish winger Kamil Grosicki to West Bromwich Albion and are interested in Jones as a replacement.
Middlesbrough have lost Patrick Roberts to injury and may look to re-sign Jones and his former Boro manager Tony Mowbray, now at Blackburn Rovers, is also said to be taking an interest.
West Brom agree deal with Hull for Kamil Grosicki, The Tigers have now joined the chase for Jordan Jones. Rangers set to demand obligation to buy in the summer, following loan. Half-a-dozen clubs have now had talks with Rangers over him.— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) January 29, 2020
Understand a host of clubs battling for Rangers winger Jordan Jones. Former club Middlesbrough very keen, but so is his old Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill at Stoke and the man who gave him his professional debut - Tony Mowbray at Blackburn.— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) January 29, 2020
Norburn to stay with Shrews
Phil Parkinson was interested in bringing Shrewsbury Town captain Ollie Norburn to the Stadium of Light last week.
No offer was made though and instead QPR midfielder Josh Scowen was brought into the club and the Shropshire Star say Sunderland’s interest has now cooled.
Shrews manager Sam Ricketts was asked whether he expected Norburn to still be at his club once the transfer window closed:
I think so.
We have some very good young players who will obviously attract interest from elsewhere. It does not surprise me. I’d be more surprised if I was not getting interest in the players.
There is no offer on the table.
Interest is interest but I always refer it to Auto Trader and ringing up about a car. Just because you ring, does not mean you are buying it.
But despite newspaper reports saying Sunderland had made a £650,000 offer for his skipper, Ricketts says he has had no bids for any of his players:
We have not had bids in for any players so it is not like we are fighting off bids and fighting to hold on to players.
We have good players that are obviously getting interest but this is a hard window and hard for other clubs to recruit in this window.