Bradford City and Shrewsbury target Norburn


Tranmere could face a battle to keep hold of midfielder Ollie Noburn with Bradford City and Shrewsbury Town both interested in the player, according to reports.

There has been speculation surrounding Shrewsbury’s interest in the player for some weeks, with Tranmere apparently rejecting at least one bid for the influential midfielder.

However, according to transfer rumour website HITC, Shrews have now had two bids rejected for the player while fellow League One outfit Bradford have now joined the race.

Bradford have recently appointed 32-year-old Michael Collins as their new manager; he played against Rovers and Norburn last season for Halifax. Shrewsbury are managed by Norburn’s former Macclesfield manager John Askey.

It may just be more typical summer transfer speculation, but it is also cause for concern for Tranmere fans. The midfielder, 25, joined on a free transfer from Macclesfield Town last summer and played an important role in helping the club back to the Football League.

Ollie Norburn in possession while under pressure from Roberto Firmino during the pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park, Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Richard Ault/

Norburn has one year remaining on his contract, though the interest in him may prompt the Rovers hierarchy in to entering discussions over a contract extension with the player.

Tranmere have already lost Jeff Hughes this summer after the experienced midfielder returned to Larne, while James Wallace turned down the chance to resume pre-season training with the club and is currently on trial with Fleetwood Town.

It’s expected that Rovers will have at least two central midfielders on trial themselves this summer, with Walsall’s Reece Flanagan having already spent time with the club at their Scotland training camp. He may also feature in tomorrow’s game against Dunfermline.

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