Charlton say no to Green

CHRIS WISE Another door was slammed firmly in Robert Green's face today when Charlton manager Alan Curbishley ruled out a move for the Norwich City keeper.

CHRIS WISE

Another door was slammed firmly in Robert Green's face today when Charlton manager Alan Curbishley ruled out a move for the Norwich City keeper.

Green was strongly linked with a switch to the capital in the national press following the departure of veteran Dean Kiely to Portsmouth, but the Addicks boss firmly dismissed the speculation at his weekly press conference.

Curbishley still has two international goalkeepers battling for a place in the first team in the shape of Norway's Thomas Myhre - the current No1 - and Denmark's Stephan Andersen, while promising youngsters Darren Randolph and Rob Elliott are also expected to be challenging soon.

He clearly feels he has adequate cover at present - and has no intention of offering the City man a route back to the Premiership during the January transfer window.

“We have got two good young keepers at the club so we are going to stick with what we have got,” he said. “We have been linked with Robert Green but there is nothing in that at all.”

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That's bad news for the keeper's agent Andy Evans, who appeared to be doing his best to talk up a transfer for his client earlier in the month when Portsmouth were linked with a move.

With Charlton also out of the running and few other top-flight jobs available, it would now appear to be reasonably safe to assume that Green will still be a Norwich City player on February 1 - and will have to battle for a place in England's World Cup squad without the benefit of a Premiership platform.