Worthy denies Green transfer talk

PUBLISHED: 06:45 17 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:17 14 September 2010

Nigel Worthington yesterday shrugged off speculation linking goalkeeper Robert Green with a summer move back to the Premiership with Everton. A report in the Daily Mirror claimed yesterday that Everton boss David Moyes was planning a double swoop for Green and Crystal Palace striker Andy Johnson, with the Norwich City man wanted as a replacement for ageing No.

Nigel Worthington yesterday shrugged off speculation linking goalkeeper Robert Green with a summer move back to the Premiership with Everton.

A report in the Daily Mirror claimed yesterday that Everton boss David Moyes was planning a double swoop for Green and Crystal Palace striker Andy Johnson, with the Norwich City man wanted as a replacement for ageing No.1 Nigel Martyn, who turns 40 in August.

Worthington has heard similar stories before, and had little to say on the matter at his regular weekly press conference.

“It's news to me - the good news is that he is here,” he said. “There has certainly been no contact with the club.”

The City boss is well aware that Green's contract at Carrow Road expires at the end of the 2006-7 campaign, with City having the option for a further season after that, but that is clearly not uppermost in his mind at present.

“We will get through to the end of the season and after that Robert will hopefully have the World Cup to concentrate on,” he said.

Worthington is also keeping an open mind on the players whose deals run out at the end of the current campaign, with Simon Charlton, Paul Gallagher and Darren Ward among those who will out of contract soon.

“Paul McVeigh has been sorted - and towards the end of the season we'll sit down and have chats with everybody - and everybody will know where they are at.”

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