Sell-out clauses that could help City this time

Blackpool have refused to discuss any imminent raid for two of their prize assets by Norwich City. Canaries boss Glenn Roeder has been linked with a double swoop which could land him winger Wes Hoolahan and defender Kaspars Gorkss.

Blackpool have refused to discuss any imminent raid for two of their prize assets by Norwich City.

Canaries boss Glenn Roeder has been linked with a double swoop which could land him winger Wes Hoolahan and defender Kaspars Gorkss.

City are reportedly prepared to trigger sell-out clauses - just like the ones that saw them lose Robert Earnshaw and Dickson Etuhu last summer - to bring the players to Carrow Road for a package which would cost as little as half a million pounds.

Chairman Karl Oyston has refused to comment on the speculation, but has gone to great lengths to explain his club's use of the get-out clauses - just as City were forced to do less than 12 months ago.


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“I won't comment on rumours about what might or might not happen,” said Oyston.

“When and if there is something to say about players arriving or leaving then we'll discuss it then.

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“There is nothing that's likely to change for the time being.”

Oyston says get-out clauses are sometimes a necessary evil.

“We take a view on each and every case,” said Oyston. “If not having a clause means that we can't sign a player that we really, really want to sign then I think we've got to take a view that we have a clause that gives them a get-out.

“But we take each case on its own merits and if it's a player we are desperate to sign - though we're obviously desperate to sign any player that Simon (Grayson) identifies and we talk to - then we may have to do it.

“But I'm not going to say there is any hard and fast rule for anything.

“We try and bring about the result that the manager wants, which is to get the players here that he thinks, and we all think, can keep us in this division and progress us in this division.”

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