Roeder: We won’t up Taylor offer

CHRIS LAKEY Norwich City are unlikely to increase their bid for Martin Taylor after manager Glenn Roeder said enough is enough.The Birmingham City central defender has found himself on the wrong end of a tussle for his services following the completion of a successful loan spell at Carrow Road.

CHRIS LAKEY

Norwich City are unlikely to increase their bid for Martin Taylor after manager Glenn Roeder said enough is enough.

The Birmingham City central defender has found himself on the wrong end of a tussle for his services following the completion of a successful loan spell at Carrow Road.

Birmingham, who agreed a £1.25m fee with Queen's Park Rangers, refused to allow City to extend Taylor's loan, and then disputed Roeder's assertion that the Blues had snubbed an "excellent" offer. But Roeder has reiterated his belief that Taylor will not play for the London club - and says the deal may be resurrected - but not through Norwich upping their offer.

"That might just be completely stone dead now or it might rear its head again at the end of the window," said Roeder.

Asked whether it would depend on City offering more cash he said: "No, I don't want to.

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"We have offered more than enough. And the money has to be spread round. It is all about valuations and I know that our valuation and offer was an extremely good offer. It just so happens that QPR offered a bit more, but it's a worthless offer, because he won't go there."

Taylor is likely to stay in Roeder's plans for as long as a deal looks possible, with the City boss preparing his assault on the January sales.

"We are starting to put a list together of players we would like, either on loan or to bring in on a permanent deal," he said.

"I know from last year at Newcastle that this January window is a very difficult window to do business in.

"It was difficult to buy or to loan players in the January window, for obvious reasons. Teams that are going for promotion didn't want to lose their squad players, I understand that.

"Teams who were trying to stay up didn't want to sell their better players or lose their squad players, so it's a difficult window to trade in.

"Nevertheless I will be in there trying to do some business, whether it be loans or permanent deals. I have the ability to do both, which I don't think a lot of Championship managers will have."

Roeder is likely to confine his trading to Britain after admitting there were problems associated with bringing in players from overseas.

"I am with Arsene Wenger on this one - if they can play I don't care where they come from," he said. "Whether we like it or not, if you are selective enough you get better value from some European players.

"There are some countries I like and there are some countries I try and steer completely clear of, because certain countries when the players come here they just don't handle the type of football we play, whether we like it or not."