Tranmere midfielder Ollie Norburn has completed his widely anticipated move to Shrewsbury Town, joining the League One outfit for an undisclosed fee.
The fee offered by Shrews is said to have met Tranmere’s valuation of the player and must surely now be reinvested in to the squad which is arguably still lacking in forward options, let alone midfield.
Norburn joined Tranmere on a free transfer from Macclesfield last summer and helped the club secure promotion back to the Football League. However, he has made it clear that he wanted to leave the club to try his hand at a higher level. Like Andy Cook’s move to Walsall, it will be interesting how much longer Shrewsbury are above Tranmere in the league ladder.
Speaking to the official Tranmere website, boss Micky Mellon said: “Ollie made it clear to us over the last couple of weeks that he wanted to play at a higher level and the offer Shrewsbury made met our valuation so we reluctantly allowed him to move on.
“We are looking to strengthen the squad with the funds from his sale and if we are unable to do so before the transfer window closes later today then we will look to move in the loan market before the end of the month. However, we have a good squad already and I have faith in the players who put in a good performance at Stevenage and we have to make sure that anybody we bring in is the right player for Tranmere Rovers.”
The transfer deadline in England closes at 5pm today, meaning any long-term loans or transfers of players under contract elsewhere need to be done today. Otherwise Rovers are looking at free agents and short-term loans until January.