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Swansea table £3m offer for Pilkington

SWANSEA have tabled a £3m bid for Norwich and Ireland winger Anthony Pilkington (above) but Chris Hughton is trying desperately to keep his squad intact.

With Wes Hoolahan still being pursued by Paul Lambert, the last thing Hughton needs is further interest in his players and the struggling Canaries boss will try to resist the bid.

Pilkington is out of contract in the summer and Hughton has already brought in a wide player in Jonas Gutierrez.

Pilkington has struggled with injury for the last year but played his first football since November when he was a second-half substitute in Norwich's 1-0 over Hull last weekend, circumstances which encouraged Swansea to make a bid.

However, Hughton was banking on a surge from returning long term injuries to help strengthen his relegation battle and still believes that Pilkingon is central to his plans.

Hughton's strategy with Hoolahan appears to be paying dividends and although Aston Villa boss Lambert is still keen to sign him, speculation suggests that he will have to double his £1m offer to tempt Norwich.