No Carrow Road return for Crow, insist Peterborough

Peterborough first-team coach Tommy Taylor yesterday told Norwich City to forget a double striker swoop for Danny Crow and Aaron McLean.

Peterborough first-team coach Tommy Taylor yesterday told Norwich City to forget a double striker swoop for Danny Crow and Aaron McLean.

Canaries' boss Peter Grant was linked with the Coca-Cola League Two hotshots as he looks to fill the void caused by 17-goal hitman Robert Earnshaw's long term groin injury.

Powerful front-runner McLean has plundered seven goals in just 16 appearances since a £150,000 New Year switch from Nationwide Conference outfit Grays.

Yarmouth-born strike partner Crow is also reportedly interesting his former employers, but ex-King's Lynn boss Taylor insisted the London Road club had received no transfer window approaches.

"There is nothing doing," he said. "Until I hear different they are Peterborough United players.

"All I've seen is the speculation in the papers about Danny. That's news to me about Aaron. I'd be surprised because we've only just made his loan deal permanent from Grays.

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"At this time of year you expect your best players are always going to be linked with moves to other clubs."

Crow was also in the dark when contacted by the EDP following weekend media reports.

"I'm a Peterborough player and I'm enjoying my life here," he said.

"Of course it's flattering to hear - I played there, I support the team and I was gutted when Nigel Worthington let me go."

Crow had been linked with a £250,000 switch to Premiership strugglers Watford and a reunion with ex-Carrow Road academy coach Adie Boothroyd earlier in the season before agreeing a new two-year contract.

McLean only signed a three-and-a-half-year deal earlier this month.

"We want to get out of our league and you don't do that be selling players," said Taylor.

"We've had a bad run of late, but we're still only two points out of the play-offs.

"This is an ambitious club. The new chairman has come in with some money and everything is geared to moving forward. It's a great place to be.

"The two lads have the makings of a good partnership and managers will always tell you goal scorers at any level are vital.

"If we can create chances as a team they will score."

Meanwhile, Grant's newest attacking recruit Chris Brown is desperate to ease the burden in Earnshaw's absence.

"It's a massive blow to lose Earnie and he will be missed," said the former Sunderland striker.

"Some of the goal-scoring responsibility now passes to the rest of us in the squad. I'll hopefully be in the team now. I want to get involved and we'll take it from there.

"I'm going to try and get into his positions to score some of those goals and do my best to help the team get some good results."

Grant poured cold water on reports suggesting dependable skipper Adam Drury was being tracked by Championship title contenders Derby.

"I haven't seen anything or had any contact about Adam," he said.

"The good thing about his situation is that we hold all the cards.

"He has 18 months left on his contract. We want to keep our best players and he's one of our best players."