Magpies make Harewood offer

Allen expects competition to sign former Forest striker

Harewood: Offered two-year contract by Notts County but is wanted by Championship clubs

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Notts County manager Martin Allen has confirmed former Nottingham Forest striker Marlon Harewood has been offered a two-year contract.

Harewood is currently a free agent after being released by Blackpool following the club's relegation from the Premier League.

He held talks with Allen on Wednesday regarding a deal at Meadow Lane, although there are Championship clubs keen on the 31-year-old.

"I can confirm after the non-stop rumours that I met Marlon Harewood with the chairman at Meadow Lane for a couple of hours yesterday," Allen told the club's official website.

"We have offered a two-year deal. I know he has a lot of options and several at Championship level, but if you don't ask you don't get.

"I don't normally pass comment on all this speculation but I felt it was only right on this occasion."

Harewood scored five goals in 16 appearances for Blackpool, including a brace on his debut in the memorable 4-0 win at Wigan Athletic, but subsequently was sent out on loan to Barnsley.

The forward started his professional career in Nottingham with the Magpies' fierce rivals Forest and is now weighing up his options regarding his future.