Riordan deal falls through

Former Norwich City target Derek Riordan has seen a move to Sheffield Wednesday fall through after the Owls turned their attention to Francis Jeffers. Wednesday boss Brian Laws was reportedly thinking of making a £400,000 bid for Riordan, who has fallen down the pecking order at Celtic and is looking for a move.

Former Norwich City target Derek Riordan has seen a move to Sheffield Wednesday fall through after the Owls turned their attention to Francis Jeffers.

Wednesday boss Brian Laws was reportedly thinking of making a £400,000 bid for Riordan, who has fallen down the pecking order at Celtic and is looking for a move.

However, Laws has decided against making a bid after learning of Jeffers' availability, following the Blackburn striker's decision to turn down a permanent move to Ipswich after impressing there on loan last season.

Sheffield Wednesday are determined to add to their attacking options following the departure of Steven MacLean to Cardiff City and Laws has now identified Jeffers as the man to fill that void.


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The news will come as blow to Riordan who has already seen a move to Norwich fall through after manager Peter Grant admitted he would struggle to find a place for him in the City team.

The 25-year-old, who was found not guilty yesterday of assaulting two bar workers at an Edinburgh pub, was left out of Celtic's 0-0 draw in their Scottish Premier League season opener with Kilmarnock at the weekend, despite his manager Gordon Strachan claiming he was the best natural finisher at the club.

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Meanwhile, former Norwich City midfielder Phil Mulryne has joined Scottish Premier League side St Mirren on a short-term trial.

The 29-year-old former Northern Ireland international will spend a week at Love Street in a bid to win a contract after spending pre-season training at Bournemouth.

Mulryne was released by Cardiff after brief spell on loan at League One side Leyton Orient.

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