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Westwood, King & Gunnarsson get Coventry City deadline

Aron Gunnarsson (Getty)
Aron Gunnarsson has scored seven goals in 133 appearances since 2008

Coventry City manager Andy Thorn says a deadline has been set for three of his players to sign new deals with the Championship club.

Kieren Westwood, Marlon King and Aron Gunnarsson all have until 19 May to agree to continue playing for City.

Thorn made sure they were offered contracts when he was made permanent Sky Blues boss a fortnight ago.

He told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire: "It is 21 days from when they are offered the deal."

He added: "I'm running out of things to say to them. I've sat them down and said I will never stand in anyone's way.

"Sign your contracts, start the season with us and do well. If a big club comes in, fine, you'll go with our blessing and you can move on."

Republic of Ireland international Westwood has recently been linked with Premier League side Everton while local rivals Leicester City are rumoured to be interested in fans' player of the season King.

We want to take the club forward so it wasn't just him. It's tough because they're good lads.

Thorn on Michael Quirke's departure

Thorn also confirmed captain Lee Carsley, Michael McIndoe, Stephen O'Halloran, Isaac Osbourne and Michael Quirke would not be offered new deals, but hinted Connor Thomas would be part of his plans next term if his proposed move to Liverpool does not go through.

Quirke finished the season in goal for Coventry and Thorn would not reveal why he had chosen not to offer the teenager a fresh contract.

"That's private between me and Quirkey," said Thorn. "But what I will say is that we'll help the boy and we'll help him move on.

"We want to take the club forward so it wasn't just him. It's tough because they're good lads.

"Connor's injured at the moment so he's back with us having treatment.

"What will go on from there I'm not sure. But Connor's one of ours and if he's still here he'll be around the first-team squad next year."



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