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Gone elsewhere: David Norris has opted to join Leeds United. Picture: pa WIRE
Gone elsewhere: David Norris has opted to join Leeds United. Picture: pa WIRE
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday are set to step up their efforts to sign a new midfielder after Leeds United pipped the Championship new boys to the signature of David Norris.

Having held several talks with the Portsmouth’s player’s representatives in recent weeks, the Owls appeared in pole position to recruit Norris.

But the 31-year-old, who boasts a wealth of experience, having plied his trade at Bolton Wanderers, Hull City, Plymouth Argyle and Ipswich Town before his move to Fratton Park last summer, spurned the advances of Wednesday and opted to join the Whites yesterday, subject to a medical.

Norris, who had two years left on his contract at Pompey, has made more than 400 appearances over his career.

Leeds United manager Neil Warnock, formerly of Sheffield United, said: “I think David always wanted to sign for us.

“It was just tying up everything and being able to give him the go-ahead. There’s a number of clubs he’s spoken to who were hoping and hanging on for him so it’s good to put it over the line.

“I think Dave will fit in well here; he’ll fight for his place and give us good competition.”

Despite missing out on Norris, Wednesday have not given up hope of bringing Michail Antonio back to Hillsborough. The winger, who was a revelation during a loan spell in the club’s promotion winning-season, has indicated he wants to leave Reading in search of regular first-team football.

The Owls have had two offers rejected by the Royals but chairman Milan Mandaric says they plan to continue negotiations.

As well as Antonio, Wednesday manager Dave Jones remains on the look out for a ball-playing central midfielder and a new centre-back. In total, he is targeting another five new players.