Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington has been touted as a January transfer target for Premier League rivals Swansea City.

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The 25-year-old Republic of Ireland international is scheduled to resume full training on Monday after a lengthy injury absence with a hamstring problem suffered in the November league defeat at Newcastle.

The Daily Mirror claimed on Sunday night Pilkington’s versatility to operate on either flank could see him identified as a possible alternative for Swans’ chief Michael Laudrup should he fail in moves for Blackpool’s Thomas Ince and Manchester United’s Wilfried Zaha. Pilkington had been linked to the Swans and Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa on the eve of the January transfer window, although Chris Hughton was quick to dismiss that speculation.

Pilkington is one of City’s established stars yet to pledge his future to the club after a number of his team mates agreed contract extensions over recent months, but Hughton insisted last month in the wake of those transfer reports that a fully-fit Pilkington is a key part of his plans.

“With Anthony it’s been a difficult period for him this season where he’s missed games and periods through injuries, but he is still a player we very much value and has served us very well,” said Hughton. “When he’s on the pitch and in good form, up to speed with the injuries, he’s a very good player. So that’s one situation we’re very much conscious of. We continually assess all the players that here in terms of their contracts and we’ll make what we feel are the right decisions.”

6 comments

  • Would we miss him ???? .. really ??? Nor Snodgrass. We are missing Elliot Bennett`s industry down the flank far more .

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    marcohendy

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • We would miss Pilks far more than Snodgrass. Pilks is quick down the left flank and will atleast attempt to get the ball into the box at every opportunity. Snods???...Well, he's one reason our strikers are starved of quality ball.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Surely what the mirror exclusive means is that they made it up rather than 'adopted' a made up story from another source.

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    ScotCan

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • They called it an exclusive meaning they made it up.Funny.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • The Mirror called this story an exclusive, which in other words, they've made it up. Interesting to see this version of the story doesn't include the reason given for the insterest, which was because he was seen as out of favour at Norwich. they obviously didn't mention the reason he's not played for a while is because he's injured, if he wasn't he'd be playing. remember folks it was The Mirror who broke the Wes going to Villa story last week, I wonder who they'll pick next week. Poor journo's at the Mirror copied by poor jouno's at Archant.

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    parkeg1

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Wait till Gutierrez arrives. Then we'll really have something to moan about. If you want rumours with some legs in them go to NewsNow or Sky - certainly not Archant, who are always the last to know.

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 13, 2014

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