Fresh faces ARE on way: Gunn
David Cuffley City boss Bryan Gunn insists he is determined to bring in new faces before the transfer window closes on Monday - despite reports that the deal to bring Cardiff defender Darren Purse to Carrow Road is off.
City boss Bryan Gunn insists he is determined to bring in new faces before the transfer window closes on Monday - despite reports that the deal to bring Cardiff defender Darren Purse to Carrow Road is off.
The 31-year-old centre-half was in talks with the Canaries in midweek but claimed yesterday that the deal had fallen through because Bluebirds manager Dave Jones had failed to find a replacement.
“Cardiff could not find a replacement for me in time and the move is dead in the water for the time being," said Purse, who has lost his place to Gabor Gyepes and Roger Johnson in recent weeks.
“It has been nice to speak to Norwich and other clubs have expressed an interest as well, but now that has to be put on hold.
“My focus is to do what I can to help the club achieve its goal of promotion and help the rest of the lads on and off the field.”
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However, Gunn insists he won't give up.
He said last night: “I've not been speaking to Darren so I don't know what he's said. We're waiting to hear back from Cardiff on the situation.
“There are two and a half days left until the transfer deadline and we will do our utmost to bring quality players into the football club.
“I will be busy on the phone going back on the bus trying to get those faces in.
“We've got until Monday at five o'clock to do any permanent transfers, then after another week we can do emergency loans in England.
“I have not given up on a lot of the signings. You have got to persevere. Things have a tendency to change very quickly in football.
One minute it's a no, the next minute things are on again.”
Gunn's main transfer targets will be a defender and a striker, with his search aided by the club's sale of a 75 per cent stake in its Event Guard security and event management firm and the money received for winger David Bell, who joined Coventry yesterday.
“It's money into the club, which is important and that will help with some of the other deals we are trying to put in place at the moment,” said Gunn.