Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington closing in on a Cardiff City switch
10:49 14 August 2014
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Cardiff City boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed the Bluebirds want to tie up a deal for Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington.
Pilkington was first touted with a move to Wales on Wednesday and Solskjaer confirmed after watching his side’s Capital One Cup win against Coventry at Northampton later that evening he is keen to bring the Republic of Ireland international to Cardiff - with Skysports claiming he is undergoing a medical on Thursday lunchtime.
Reports of a £1m switch, however, are wide of the mark with the final figure set to be in the region of £2m for the 26-year-old who has one year left on his current Carrow Road deal.
Solskjaer is in the market for a wide player with Craig Noone currently injured.
“We’re looking at different options in different positions, and maybe we lack a wide-man,” the former Manchester United scoring legend told Skysports on Wednesday evening. “We’ll have to see what happens when we get Anthony Pilkington signed, and it’s something we’ll have to look at. A wide man is something we lack while Craig Noone is out injured. We’ll have to see when it’s all finalised.”
Pilkington was given an extended summer break after his international commitments, scoring an equaliser in the 1-1 friendly draw against SC Bastia that concluded the club’s Italian tour trip, but the midfielder was only used from the bench by City boss Neil Adams in the two home Carrow Road warm-up matches that followed City’s return.
The ex-Huddersfield player made it clear on his personal Twitter account last weekend he was fit for duty after not featuring in the matchday squad for Norwich’s 1-0 Championship defeat at Wolves.
But the midfielder has endured an injury-disrupted career in Norfolk since his move from the Terriers in 2011, scoring 14 goals in 75 league appearances for the club. He made only 10 Premier League starts last season after 25 during Chris Hughton’s first season in charge in place of Paul Lambert, who brought him to Carrow Road.