West Bromwich and Norwich compete for Huckerby's signature

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West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City will fight it out for the signature of the Manchester City striker Darren Huckerby.

The First Division's top two clubs have both had offers, believed to be for around £750,000, accepted by Manchester City for the striker, who has spent the last three months on loan at Carrow Road.

Albion are looking to add to their attack as they look to secure an instant return to the Premiership and also had an offer for the Wigan forward Geoff Horsfield accepted on Monday.

Norwich know all about Huckerby's abilities in the First Division, with the Canaries rising to second in the table thanks in part to the 27-year-old's five goals in 16 games.

The Carrow Road club initially admitted they could not afford to sign Huckerby on a permanent basis but after West Bromwich announced their deal with Manchester City this morning, Norwich followed suit soon after.

Nigel Worthington, the Norwich manager, said: "It was nice to be able to agree a fee with Manchester City. We've now got to be patient and see how it all pans out."

The West Bromwich chairman, Jeremy Peace, added: "We still have to agree personal terms with Darren and his agent and there are other clubs interested in him."

Arsenal have agreed to allow the winger Jermaine Pennant to remain on loan at Leeds for a fifth month. The 20-year-old joined the Elland Road club in mid-August and has so far proved a tremendous success, scoring his first goal for Leeds in the recent 1-1 home draw with Chelsea.

Although Pennant played for Leeds against the Gunners in the 4-1 Premiership defeat on 1 November, he will not be allowed to face his employers in the FA Cup third-round tie at Elland Road on 4 January.

The Leeds caretaker manager, Eddie Gray, said: "The boy has been terrific. He is bubbly in training and is the type of player that can get at defenders, put them under pressure and take people on. He has been an asset to us."

Paul Konchesky yesterday clinched a one-month loan extension at Tottenham Hotspur - saving him from a "horrible" return to Charlton. The 22-year-old left-back or midfielder has made it clear he wants to remain at White Hart Lane rather than resume duties for his parent club. "It would be horrible to go back and I know for a fact I want to sign for Spurs," he said.

Konchesky did not quite get his wish yesterday but did stretch his month-by-month deal until 16 January. However, the player who has featured in 13 games for Tottenham only remains north of the river after Charlton avoided picking up any major new injuries in Saturday's goalless draw at Middlesbrough. The Charlton manager, Alan Curbishley, had threatened to recall Konchesky if there were any additions to his side's injury list, which includes seven first-team players.

Elsewhere, Sunderland have pledged to monitor the progress of the Middlesbrough midfielder Stewart Downing after his loan spell on Wearside ended. Boro have opened contract talks with the 19-year-old, who enjoyed an impressive loan at the Stadium of Light before being recalled by injury-ravaged Boro.

The Sheffield United manager, Neil Warnock, is trying to sign Sheffield Wednesday's Alan Quinn. It will be a rare cross-city move if it goes ahead.

Warnock wants the versatile Quinn to join the Blades when he finishes a loan spell at Sunderland - and the clubs are discussing a deal. Quinn is not wanted by the Wednesday manager, Chris Turner, and therefore available at the right price.