Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington has again been linked with Premier League rivals Swansea City, with the Swans reportedly prepared to pay £3m for the fit-again Republic of Ireland international.

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The 25-year-old had been linked with the Welsh club earlier in the window although Swans’ chairman Huw Jenkins knocked back reports of firm interest in the former Huddersfield player.

Skysports, however, claimed on Friday afternoon the Swans have made a £3m bid for the City wide player, who made his return to the Canaries’ line up in the recent 1-0 win over Hull City after recovering from a hamstring injury. Canaries’ boss Chris Hughton dismissed recent speculation linking Pilkington with a potential switch to south Wales and in the wake of Wes Hoolahan’s rejected transfer request earlier this week the club issued a statement reiterating they had no intention of selling any of their senior players.

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 has previously insisted he 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,” he said. “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.”

Earlier this month the Daily Mirror included Pilkington on a potential wish list for Swans’ chief Michael Laudrup should he fail in moves for Blackpool’s Thomas Ince and Manchester United’s Wilfried Zaha. Pilkington had also been linked with former boss Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa.

26 comments

  • I am sill hoping against hope that the sale of Wes an Pilks could open the door for a big money swoop for Gilfi Sigurdsson (Fulham are trying so why cant we?), we do have cover on the wings, Snoody, Gutierez, Murphy 1 and 2, Redmond,Bennet is well on his way to a return also Ollson, Whittacker and Garrido are reasonable wing backs.

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • annoyingunacceptable.

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    MontrealYella

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • I wish we could buy a player as good as Pilkington for that price. If that makes sense ?

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    spark

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • I think somebody's getting ahead of themselves!

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    B Inners

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Pilks is injury-prone. So why would Swansea want to splash out £3million on him? The problem so far is that we appear to have become a selling club again. No sign of siginifcant reinforcements arriving. As it is we don't exactly have real quality in any depth so with injuries to several key players we are already stretched because a number of our squad are, to be honest, at Championship level. That wouldn't be so bad if we had a manager who was able to inspire, drive them and give them total self-belief. Our current league position may look Ok on paper but in reality it remains precarious, especially given our end of season run-in. Hughton has a massive job to improve our defence, get the midfield working harder up and down the pitch and in particular helping supply decent balls to the front man (men) and get wingers who can perform their basic tasks. Up to now Hughton's tactics have proved to be flawed to say the least. So I remain hopeful but not overly optimistic.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • and what gets me,is that there is talk of almost everyone going, EXCEPT CH !!!

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • I think somebody's getting ahead of themselves!

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    B Inners

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • 3 million for a very injury prone player!! Take it and run.

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    Malcolm Holmes

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • Needing a CB is a given, if look around the web it looks like the deal for the French guy (Ciani or whatever his name is) may well go through, and that could leave Turner when fit bench warming. Bennet I lasts heard was on track for a February return but dont hold me to that.

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • MBA, we must need a CB too, specially now Ayala has gone. Only 2 fit CBs+R.Martin available just now. BTW-how close is E.Bennett to a return - it`s been a long time? I know Lobbo would`ve wanted me to ask that question.... ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • cant honestly see the board or indeed AP having any reason to sellleave. The price tag is flattering to say the least for someone who injury aside has done pretty much nothing this season like how many goals Swansea must be desperate

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    johnty

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • 'Brew' you forgot that Snodgrass is, apparently, "off to Celtic".

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • theres a report in one of the sunday tabloids that says swansea are making a bid for Redmond!No mention anywhere of Ch wanting players.

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    tonyb

    Sunday, January 26, 2014

  • Pilks wants to leave so I would let him go because he seems prepared to let his contract run down - My views on Wes were very different coz we have him on a longer contract so we did right to fight to keep him. I don't see Malaga Flyers comments that we are a selling club are necessarily true because we are turning offers down for the ones we want to keep. Wes and Ruddy being the perfect examples

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    GPL

    Sunday, January 26, 2014

  • Yeah, but they would only going to use the £3 million to pay off Hughton at the end of the season and use the small change to repaint the executive dining room. Where are the goals and the points in that?

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    User Removed

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • Anyone no who else we are looking at or will CH surprise us on the last day

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    elmboy

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • …..HA! HA! HA1.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Anyone no who else we are looking at or will CH surprise us on the last day

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    elmboy

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • Still can't read blacked-out articles before responding to surveys. Anyone else having this problem and finding it annoyingunacceptable?

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    MontrealYella

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • If CH had a happy, coherent, harmonious, well oiled, inter locking, nicely functioning group of "I'll watch your back if you watch mind" footballers, all this talk of an exodus wouldn't even be given the time of day. Rats leaving a sinking ship comes to mind. From my neck of the woods they would say "there's trouble at mill". One minute I'm positive, with the talk of incoming, next I'm down in the dumps with talk of outgoing, all extremely unsettling.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Barkingwise, if the Pilkington sale guaranteed Hughton's exit, it would be a good deal with or without the redecorated executive dining room.

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    waclor

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • …..HA! HA! HA1.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • MontrealYella, that survey business doesn`t seem to happen "lewcally". Occasionally, one does appear, but you get the option of ignoring\bypassing it. Note the use of the back\slash. The forwardslash doesn`t work on these boards! If only Hoots could sound a tad more bullish about the value he puts on his players. All very glib\bland. I wouldn`t want the likes of Pilks to leave without some sort of replacement. I don`t see Gutierrez as that. If his injury history were less worrying, I think he`d be worth more than £3m. Of course, he has blotted his copybook by tweeting about the departure of Vaughan, so Hoots may want to offload a dissenter while he can? Linguistic note: "Glib" derives from the German "glibberig".

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • I wouldn't be happy if this were to take place, but 3 Million pounds for a oft injured and serviceable workmanlike mid would be huge. If he stays though, that would be nice but that price is very very large for his talent...

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    jaemae2 .

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • Why would anyone splash out £3m on an injury prone player? Because Pilkington is a quality winger and injuries don't necessarily carry on forever, as we know only too well in the case of James Vaughan.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • if wes and pilks leave then we obviously need replacements,but there isnt many rumors flying around of players coming to ncfc.we need a CB,at least one midfielder or two if the above leave and would also like to see a centre forward come in.Either CH is doing buisness quietly or he thinks his squad is sufficient.

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    tonyb

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

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