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Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson has switched his attention to Shrewsbury Town midfielder Ollie Norburn, after the Black Cats attempt to sign Greg Docherty from Rangers faltered, according to Sky Sports’ Keith Downie on Twitter.
Norburn, 27, has made 18 appearances in all competitions so-far this season having moved to the Shrews in 2018, spending spells at Leicester City, Bristol Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, Guiseley, Macclesfield Town and Tranmere Rovers prior.
So would Norburn be a good signing for Sunderland, is he needed and would he get into the starting XI
“This could be a useful signing for Sunderland.
“They certainly seem keen on a central midfielder, and they could do worse than to look at some such as Norburn, who has impressed since making the step up to this division.
“As a result, you imagine Norburn would be in a strong position to secure a regular spot in the starting lineup were he to make the move to the North East, given it is hard to see them putting so much into their pursuit of a new option in that particular position if they have no intent of using them as a consistent starter in the side.
“That being said, the midfielder’s contract situation at Shrewsbury puts his current club in a strong position to negotiate a deal here, and it will be interesting to see how far Sunderland will go in order to secure this signing, with their commitment to spending one way or another possibly an influential factor in the mood from the stands at the Stadium of Light.”
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“Sunderland have clearly been aiming to strengthen their spine during this transfer window, with a striker and defender having already been added by Phil Parkinson, and a midfielder such as Norburn would now be a sound addition.
“Norburn is a solid League One player who Shrewsbury will definitely be desperate to hold on to, but I just think Sunderland should prioritise signing Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty over Norburn.
“The Shrewsbury man would probably be an alternative to Docherty if Sunderland cannot land the Rangers midfielder, but I think Docherty would be a more exciting and beneficial signing this window.
“However, Norburn is the right level of player that Sunderland should be looking at as a back-up option, and the 27-year-old would still have a good chance of getting in the starting line-up given Sunderland’s need for a midfielder.”
“Signing Noburn seems like it would be a smart bit of business from the Black Cats.
“Sunderland could do with more options in central midfield–Dylan McGeouch has been offloaded and I haven’t impressed with Grant Leadbitter’s performances–and the addition of Noburn would provide just that.
“The 27-year-old has looked the part in League One since joining Shrewsbury Town last summer and has shown he can succeed at this level. Adding proven quality at this level is exactly what the Black Cats need to do to help their promotion push this season.
“Max Power and George Dobson have been Phil Parkinson’s first choice in recent weeks and Noburn’s arrival is unlikely to change that straight away, though I do feel Power and Noburn would eventually emerge as the first-choice midfield duo.”