League One leaders Tranmere Rovers have failed in a bid to take Norwich City striker Chris Martin on loan – claiming it was too expensive.

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Manager Ronnie Moore said they made a move for Martin after his loan spell with promotion rivals Swindon Town ended.

Moore said: “We’ve inquired about the lad Martin who’s at Norwich but we can’t afford to bring him in unfortunately, and Gary Madine at Sheffield Wednesday as well.

“So we’ve knocked on all the doors but we just haven’t been able to get somebody to come in yet.”

Martin made 12 appearances for the Robins, scoring once, but manager Paolo Di Canio criticised his contribution and said he had his sights on a Championship move.

The 24-year-old Martin is out of contract with City in the summer and has not been included in their updated Premier League squad of 25.

“Chris has been unfortunate. He has a wonderful finishing ability but he has just found himself not getting the games here he would like,” said manager Chris Hughton, who said they were looking to fix up another loan for the striker.

“He played a part at Swindon and that will have given him the feeling of being back involved.”

8 comments

  • Is Ronnie Moore doing a bit of moon lighting. It must be so frustrating managing a player like Chris. He is so near being brilliant but is he a sulker?

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    waclor

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Is anything joined-up @ Archant?? Hoots says nice words about Martin "feeling involved" @ Swindon. Sentiments not reflected in Paulo Di Canio`s assessment of CM`s sparse contribution to their cause. Now a L1 team (which one??) doesn`t consider the cost of his loan value for money - even if it might lead to getting him for free in the Summer? Odds on 1p5wich going for him.........?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • You got there first MBA. CM's career is going no where fast. He's a League 1 striker at best, and has to accept the fact.

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    Soglio Star

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Ethered. 1p5wich`ll take him - as long as it`s a freebie.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Nicely retro-corrected, Ar-chant. The newspaper that employs journos who believe Estonia is in the Balkans.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • .....I've found you!....Hey Lads, I've got my very own Comment pages on Mustard. Look forward to some of you joining me.

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Doncaster or Tranmere?

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Ethered. 1p5wich`ll take him - as long as it`s a freebie.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

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