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Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy has ruled out a move for Clinton Morrison.

Morrison is seeking a move away from Birmingham City after dropping down the pecking order at St Andrews.

The former Crystal Palace ace had expressed an interest in being reunited with McCarthy at Sunderland, after the manager gave him his debut for Republic of Ireland.

McCarthy, however, has decided against making a move for Morrison, feeling he has enough striking options at the Stadium of Light.

"It's unlikely isn't it?" he told Sky Sports Nwes. "With the signings I've made - Jonathan Stead, Andy Gray, Browny [Chris Brown] and Darryl Murphy coming from Waterford, has not quite got the experience the others have and, of course, Anthony Le Tallec, who plays behind the front man.

"It's unlikely that."

Sunderland pulling out of the chase leaves the path clear for Norwich to sign Morrison.

The Canaries are in talks with the Eire international after agreeing a fee with Birmingham, although Southampton boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed his interest in the player.