Danns race hots up
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Birmingham and Coventry have joined the chase for Neil Danns's signature.
The race for Colchester star Neil Danns is hotting up after Midlands rivals Birmingham and Coventry joined the chase for his signature.
A host of Championship clubs including Norwich, Sunderland, Cardiff and Ipswich have also shown an interest in the former Blackburn man - who has turned down Colchester's final offer of terms.
"He will be leaving Colchester, that we can confirm," his representative Tony Finnigan told skysports.com.
"The player has had a wonderful time there, when he left Blackburn and Phil Parkinson rang me - we knew that was the place to go as he would become a better player, and that is exactly what has happened."
Danns is hot property and is out of contract at Layer Road - meaning he is free to speak to any interested parties, but because he is only 23 - Colchester would be due compensation.
Finnigan confirmed talks were ongoing with a number of clubs.
"There is a great deal of interest - as you would expect for a midfielder who scored 16 goals last season," he added.
"Yes there is a great deal of interest and talks have taken place with interested parties.
"We hope to have something settled for Neil in the coming week or so."