Norwich City manager, Chris Hughton, has revealed this morning that he’s made an approach for Leeds United programme seller, Derek Milton. In an unprecedented move, the East Anglia club swooped on the 65 year old veteran vendor with an offer to take his services to Carrow Road. Having worked part time at Elland Road every weekend for the past 25 years, the retired milkman is the believed to have been approached directly by Hughton, on account of him not having had an agent. It’s rumoured that the Canaries have offered in the region of £25 per shift and a free cup of Bovril in an audacious bid to tempt Milton from Yorkshire.
It’s the latest transfer coup in a year that’s seen an exodus of players moving from Leeds to Norwich, with Jonny Howson, Bradley Johnson and Robert Snodgrass already having made the switch. And with this latest move for Milton, the Canaries appear to be underlining their ambition to emulate the success of their rivals. However, some elements of the media are suggesting that there may be more sinister motives at play, with rumours of a desire from Chairwoman, Delia Smith, to wipe the West Yorkshire outfit off the face of the footballing map, one staff member at a time.
Leeds United manager Neil Warnock however, would not be drawn on the assertions being raised by the press, but he did issue a hands off warning to any clubs eyeing the services of Milton or any other key member of backroom staff.
‘Mr Milton is not available for transfer, nor are any of our other programme sellers, ball boys or club shop sales assistants.’
Milton, also, has remained tight lipped on the enfolding drama, but programme buyers at the Elland Road club, will be worried by the claims from a source close to him who said that Milton is a particularly big fan of Bovril.