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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Snippets: Norwich Quiet re Birmingham and Martin Taylor... Ex-QPR Georges Santos Finds a New Club


Norwich Evening News 24 - Chief Neil refuses to rise to the bait
"Canaries' chief executive Neil Doncaster has refused to be drawn into a war of words with Birmingham City's Karren Brady over Norwich's failed bid to keep Martin Taylor.
The defender looked set for a longer stay at Carrow Road after completing a successful month's loan and agreed personal terms with City for a permanent deal.
But the two clubs failed to compromise on a price - not helped by QPR gazumping Norwich with a higher bid - and the deal broke down.
Since then, Blues' managing director Brady hasn't been slow to offer her views on the situation, but with the January transfer window set to open in four days time, Norwich may still harbour hopes of striking a deal for Taylor over the coming weeks.
Either way, Doncaster refused to comment on Brady's latest views or whether the Canaries may make another move for Taylor.
“We won't comment on transfer speculation regarding individual players because to do so only hampers our ability to get the best deals for Norwich City football club,” said Doncaster.
“Anything we have got to announce will be done so when we have something to reveal.”
Brady had previously accused Norwich manager Glenn Roeder of not making any bid for Taylor, which Roeder subsequently denied.
Her latest outburst came in her regular column in the Sun, where she likened Glenn Roeder to “Violet Elizabeth threatening to William she will 'scream and scream 'til I'm sick'”.
Brady said the Canaries simply had to match QPR's offer of £1m to bring Taylor to Carrow Road, but Roeder won't up his valuation because he believes there is no chance Taylor will move to London.
The 28-year-old still has two and-a-half years to run on the new contract he signed at St Andrews last spring, but he has yet to make an appearance since returning to Birmingham and has been told he doesn't feature in Blues' boss Alex McLeish's future plans. Evening 24

Santos signs for non-League Alfreton Town.

This is Nottingham - TOWN SIGN SANTOS
Football: Alfreton Town have signed experienced Marseille-born defender Georges Santos (pictured right)
Santos, 37, turned professional with Toulon before joining Tranmere Rovers in 1998. He has also seen action with West Brom, Sheffield United, Grimsby Town, Ipswich, QPR, Oxford United (loan) and Brighton. Report

Alfreton Official Site
Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law has been handed a double boost ahead of this Saturday’s Blue Square Conference North trip to Boston United (3pm).
The Reds boss has secured the services of his son Josh whose three-month loan period from Chesterfield has been extended to the end of the season and he has also signed experienced Marseille-born defender Georges Santos, 37 (pictured left).
He made his international debut for the Cape Verde Islands in September 2002.
At 6’3’’, Santos, will add more height to the Reds back line, but he is also versatile enough to play central midfield and up front.
He turned professional with Toulon before moving to England and joining Tranmere Rovers in July 1998 and has also seen action with West Bromwich Albion, Sheffield United, Grimsby Town (where he was player of the season in 2002/03), Ipswich Town, QPR, Oxford United (month’s loan) and Brighton and Hove Albion.
He was released by Brighton in May this year, joining Chesterfield in August on a short term contract. Alfreton

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