Trinidad striker’s plea to Norwich City
PUBLISHED: 12:24 17 May 2007 | UPDATED: 10:18 14 September 2010
St Johnstone striker Jason Scotland has issued a come and get me plea to Norwich City manager Peter Grant. The Canaries had identified the Trinidad and Tobago international as a possible summer transfer target but have yet to follow up on their interest, much to the bemusement of the player and his agent Mike Berry.
St Johnstone striker Jason Scotland has issued a come and get me plea to Norwich City manager Peter Grant.
The Canaries had identified the Trinidad and Tobago international as a possible summer transfer target but have yet to follow up on their interest, much to the bemusement of the player and his agent Mike Berry.
Norwich's chief scout Alan Woods has been looking at Scotland this season and has seen him bang in 26 goals for St Johnstone but City have yet to follow up on their initial interest.
“Alan Woods was looking at him a little while ago and we were expecting to hear more this summer but so far there's been nothing,” said Berry.
“We would of course be interested to talk to Norwich City and I'm surprised that, given Peter Grant's knowledge of the Scottish game, that he has not made a move for Jason.”
One stumbling block for a potential move could be that Scotland is not out of contract with the Saints until August 26 - just under two weeks after the Championship season starts.
This means that the Canaries would have to pay a small fee to secure Scotland's services if they wanted him to join the club for pre-season training, while the player would also require a work permit.
However, Berry believes that his client's scoring record shows that he would be worth taking a chance on and revealed that several English clubs had contacted him over Scotland's availability.
“Jason is now ready to take his game to the next level and he is too good a player to be playing in League One in Scotland. It's time for him to move.
“He has got a few other options at the moment. A club at the top of League One in England is interested while a Championship club has also said they would like to talk to Jason.”
St Johnstone manager Owen Coyle revealed the League One club to be Swansea City and insisted that any other clubs interested would have to be “reasonable” in coming up with a fee for Scotland.
“Swansea have contacted us officially to express an interest in taking Jason,” said Coyle. “We have not come up with a figure, but if any club wants Jason now, they have to be reasonable and then sort out a work permit.
“Jason is under contract until the end of August. We won't be greedy, but clubs should not be disrespectful with compensation offers. I will have no qualms in playing Jason for the first month of next season if he is still with us.”