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Pilkington to swap Canaries for Bluebirds in £1m deal

CARDIFF City are close to completing a £1million deal for Ireland international Anthony Pilkington.

The winger is out of favour at Norwich City this season under boss Neil Adams and the Canaries made it clear last week that they were willing to listen to offers for the 26-year-old.

Pilkington cost Norwich £2million when they bought him from Huddersfield Town in 2011 but he has had struggles with injury in the last two seasons, making just 10 starts in their ill-fated Premier League campaign last season and Adams is now willing to cut his losses and let the winger leave, with Cardiff in line to sign him.

"We are looking at different options and a wide man is something we lack while Craig Noone is out injured. We'll have to see when it's all finalised," Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said today.

Meanwhile, Birmingham City are anxiously waiting on an injury update on former Ireland U21 cap Gavin Gunning after he suffered an injury in an accidental clash with team-mate and compatriot Colin Doyle.

Keeper Doyle landed on Gunning as the Dubliner made his debut in the midweek Capital One Cup win over Cambridge and City do not know how long Gunning, a summer signing from Dundee United, will be out for.

"He's hurt his knee. Colin has landed on top of him.

"He has hit him, knocked him over, then landed on him," said boss Lee Clark.

"The doctor and medical team are assessing it but they can't make any judgement just at the moment. Gavin's a tough type and if he's having to come off like that it's not looking too great. We're hoping it's just the impact that's given him a jarred knee and nothing else but we'll have to wait 48 hours for see."

Gunning, 23, joined Birmingham on a free transger earlier this summer after an impressive three-year spell with Dundee United. Capped seven times at U21 level, he had been touted as a recruit to the senior squad under Giovanni Trapattoni only for injury to rule him out.