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Billy number one target for County

PUBLISHED: 15:29 19 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:38 06 July 2010

NOTTS County have made Billy Clarke their number one summer target.

Magpies boss Ian McParland knows he has a fight on his hand but is determined the land the Irish youngster who hit 18 goals while on loan at three different clubs this season.

NOTTS County have made Billy Clarke their number one summer target.

Magpies boss Ian McParland knows he has a fight on his hand but is determined the land the Irish youngster who hit 18 goals while on loan at three different clubs this season.

McParland said: "Billy is still young and inexperienced but I believe he has the potential to develop into a very good player.

"I haven't had chance to speak to him yet because he has been away on holiday but I aim to do so in the next couple of days.

"Billy is at the top of our list and although he is sure to get offers from a number of clubs, we'll be doing everything we can to convince him that his future should be at Meadow Lane."

The recently released Blues star has not been short of offers already with Norwich City also known to be keen but Brentford remain favourites to land the 21-year-old.

Bees boss Andy Scott took Clarke with the triumphant League Two champions on their club's post-season trip to Las Vegas as reward for winning promotion.

Clarke was also given a title-winning medal for his part in their success after he banged in six goals in eight games while on loan from Town.

The Blues academy graduate is now back in Cork with his family, ready to go on his own holiday, and will make his mind up about who he will return to do his pre-season training but it is very doubtful he will end up at Carrow Road.

Former team-mate Tommy Miller has agreed a two-year deal to join Sheffield Wednesday on July 1.

The Blues midfielder will link up with his old Hartlepool boss Brian Laws when he moves to Town's Championship rivals in time for pre-season.

Miller was convinced he would not be kept on by Town and had made arrangements to leave even before Roy Keane took over as the Ipswich manager.

Wednesday boss Laws said: “Tommy Miller has a huge amount of Championship experience and is exactly the kind of player I am looking to bring to Sheffield Wednesday.

"I have made it clear we need to add experience to our squad and Tommy certainly fits the bill.

"He also has the ability to go with that experience and a massive drive to succeed. I am delighted to welcome him to the club."

Dan Harding is due to meet with manager Roy Keane to find out if he is going to get offered a new deal with Southend United waiting in the wings for the left back who finished the season on loan at play-off semi-finalists Reading.

Liam Trotter is the 13th player out of contract but his Town future will not be discussed until Scunthorpe United have played their League One play-off final with Millwall, at Wembley.

Trotter scored from the spot as The Iron beat MK Don 7-6 on penalties to reach the final.

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