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Norwich City assistant manager Jim Duffy is working on bringing Mark McAllister to Carrow Road after the striker rejected a move to Celtic.

Norwich City assistant manager Jim Duffy is working on bringing Mark McAllister to Carrow Road after the striker rejected a move to Celtic.

McAllister was all set to sign on the dotted line at Parkhead until a last minute change of heart has left the door open for the Canaries to rekindle their interest.

The 18-year-old's advisor, Harry Fay, revealed that Duffy had been in contact through a third party and believes Norwich will make their move for the player in the next few days.

“There are a couple of offers on the table for the lad and he is weighing his options up at the moment,” said Fay, who also manages McAllister's current club side Dungannon Swifts in Northern Ireland.

“I have been told through a third party to let us know of Norwich's interest but there has been nothing concrete as yet.

“We want to get the situation sorted sooner rather than later as Mark is off with the Northern Ireland U-21 squad next week. He also needs to get a holiday in somewhere and he would prefer to go away knowing where he will be doing his pre-season work.

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“If they (Norwich) are to make a move we expect it in the next few days. He would like to seal a move before the weekend.”

Fay revealed that there are already two firm offers on the table believed to be from Cardiff and Coventry and added that Norwich will have to act quickly if they wish to take the player to Norfolk.

He also explained that McAllister rejected the move to Celtic because first team opportunities were likely to be limited.

“He has made a very mature decision. Celtic have got a lot of strikers and he really needs to be pushing on in his career and not sitting on the bench. He has done so well in senior football and he needs to be pushing on now.”

Whatever club takes a chance on the youngster is going to get themselves a striker who has all the attributes to go a long way according to Fay.

“He is 6ft, has got a lot of pace and most importantly scores goals. He got 16 goals in his first season in senior football and would prove an asset to any club.”

Fay has had the player under his wing at Dungannon for more than 12 years and admitted to being sad that the player will not be playing for Swifts next season.

“The club has nurtured him really well - we've got a great youth system at Dungannon. We'll be sorry to see him go but we know for the good of his career that he must play at a higher level.”