Huckerby up for grabs?

Last updated : 04 December 2003 By Neil Andrews

Norwich City have revealed that they will not be pursuing their interest in Darren Huckerby any futher, stating that are not prepared to gamble everything on signing the popular striker on a permanent basis.

This will be of interest to Millwall manager Dennis Wise, who has expressed a keen interest in the frontman.

Manchester City hitman Huckerby has enjoyed a successful spell at Carrow Road - including a man of the match performance against the Lions last month - and Norwich are currently second in the league.

But City chief executive Neil Doncaster has admitted the club simply do not have the funds available to sign the 27-year-old.

"There is no pot of money that the club can dip into to," said Doncaster.

"Because no player can ever give the club the certainty of promotion, no bank is going to lend us money to finance that sort of gamble.

"Whilst we can all clearly see the financial prize that promotion would win for the club, we must not be blind to the consequences of gambling and losing, as so many other clubs have done to their cost," he told the Eastern Daily Press.

Huckerby, meanwhile, has said he would take a pay cut to leave Manchester City in order to get first team football which could lead to a bid being made by Millwall.

Huckerby has already had a spell at Millwall during his Newcastle United days, which kick-started his career and led to a transfer to Coventry City.