Former QPR midfielder Gary O’Neil confirms he is close to signing for Norwich City

Derby County's Jeff Hendrick (left) and Queens Park Rangers' Gary O'Neil battle for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture: John Walton/PA Wire. Derby County's Jeff Hendrick (left) and Queens Park Rangers' Gary O'Neil battle for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture: John Walton/PA Wire.

Sunday, August 3, 2014
4:57 PM

Midfielder Gary O’Neil has confirmed he is on the verge of joining Norwich City on a free transfer.

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City boss Neil Adams confirmed O’Neil had been training with the club following Friday’s night’s 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo at Carrow Road.

Now the 31-year-old former Portsmouth and West Ham player has revealed that a deal is close to being signed, after he was released by QPR at the end of last season.

“I got a phone call the other day from Norwich saying that they were interested,” O’Neil told Talksport.

“I’ve been in talks with them for a couple of days. It’s looking good, it’s basically all done. We just need to sign things.”

The former England Under-21 international started his career with Portsmouth and made almost 200 appearances for the south coast club.

After loan spells with Walsall and Cardiff, O’Neil joined Middlesbrough for £5million in August 2007. After more than 100 appearances for Boro, O’Neil joined West Ham in January 2011.

After 55 appearances in two seasons with the Hammers, O’Neil turned down a new deal with the club last summer and joined his former boss at Portsmouth, Harry Redknapp, at QPR.

He made 33 appearances to help QPR seal promotion back to the Premier League through the Championship play-offs, scoring one goal – his 31st in over 400 games.

O’Neil added: “My last two seasons in the Championship have earned promotion – the first with West Ham and QPR last year. So it’s two from two, so I’m looking to make it a hat-trick this year if we get things sorted at Norwich.”

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23 comments

  • The Board. Who? McNally. Foot-in-Mouth Hyacinth. Boycie Phillips, Media placeman. Good ol` Mike & Delia & Fowlger. QI Fry-Guy. Not a lot of football insight there. Staying in the Prem has to be the best way of getting in mega riches. S0d the paying supporters. Gullible g!ts.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • At least we know what the premier League is like not like some Tractor boys down the road

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    canarykid

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Looking at the bigger picture, do you think the long term plan is to yo-yo between the Premiership and the Championship? If you can get up there and play one season in the Prem without making any large salary signings, you make one season of mega bucks and get the parachute payments for the next few years. Following relegation, the club has an excuse to sell any players who shine in the prem., and as a newly relegated team you are an attraction for up and coming championship players as replacements. This approach would be no different from other businesses who would rather make big profits than be superb in their field of business. This would explain the board's reluctance to sack Hughton wouldn't it?

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    waclor

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Could this be a David Williams kind of signing? he fitted in well and seemed to be the catalyst to get the best out of others. I still prefer Leroy though.

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    waclor

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • I am happy for anyone to disagree with me Brew and others. I have nothing against O'Neil and I would assume that his signing would rank very highly on the value for money scale. However I think you must agree that losing Fer and gaining O'Neil is a step down for a team looking to be playing in the premier next year.

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    waclor

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • I wonder why Ryan Bennett is peripheral? Under Hughton it was no puzzle, as everything he did was c0ck-eyed. Doesn`t Neil rate Ryan? Is Ryan unhappy with the club? Is the club unhappy with him? He has yet to be given the chance to fulfil his potential after that relatively expensive move from Peterbro`. I bet he`s still in Lambo`s sights...

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Same stance i've always had over this potential deal. Very good deal for the club. We are vastly short in many areas of the pitch and it will only take Tettey, Pilks etc...to pick up one of thier regular injuries and we will be very short. O'neil can play the Defensive Midfield role (something i've personally been vocal on us improving!!!), Central midfield, Wide Right etc....Players who can cover many areas are always very handy to have. Side note, but the QPR fans have been very positive in praise of him following his release. Many stating they wouldnt have made the playoffs without him. Hopefully Neil moves on to focusing on the backline next. Following Fridays friendly, the focus from fans was on the need for defensive improvements with many not happy with Russell Martins showing at Centre half. Find it so odd how little game time Ryan Bennett has had in these few friendlies. Clearly Adams 1st choice pair is Turner & Martin (which im not sure on to be fair) but Bennett should have got more than 6 minutes action the other day. Guessing hes looking at loan options for that area.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Agree with cutty & Erpingham; this is not a second-rate player. Yes, he is reaching the `evening of his career` (31), likewise Wessi. Also like Wes, O`Neil is quite small but he is predominantly right-footed. Though he never won a full England cap, he did captain the squads at every youth level. Over 200 of his appearances have been in the Prem. I suspect small, intelligent, nimble players did not fit in with the philosophy of incumbent England managers... compare the Trapper Tony\Wes situation for the ROI. He`ll complement Hoolahan, or be an alternative? That seems an astute signing. Here`s hoping for a promotion hat-trick. I think Fer must be leaving, but Tettey might stay? We do need a CB and a RB. PS:- I don`t often disagree with waclor ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Welcome to the Club Gary. OTBC!!!

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    Roger Mallett

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Still a month to go before the window closes so we may yet be glad to have O'Neil on the strength if we lose one or two at the last knockings.

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    Igno Rance

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • right cutty. a whole hearted midfielder who won't give up when the going gets tough. only second rate if you consider he doesn't quite have premiership class, but then not many of our boys can say they have. that's why we are who we are.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Its like the Fast Show-'Did you get a centre half Neil?'-'Better than that!'

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    borderman

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • A tough little midfielder with the right attitude, not 2nd rate.

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    cutty

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Be better than some we have at the moment!c'mon we all know fer's leaving,maybe t bag as well.

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    tonyb

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Which part of the diamond will he play in? Centre back, please...

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    Surrey Canary

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Waiting for the Fer to fly

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • city not going dutch then

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Bet you a million pounds who is about to leave us.

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    superfan59

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • What will he bring to the squad that is not there already? Looks like we going cheap and accepting second rate early.

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    waclor

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • hmmm. Overstocked in midfield

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Did I say another midfielder , or is this goodbye LF . I sincerely hope not .

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    iMac

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Another midfielder won't go a miss ,gives us another option. he has a good pedigree, can he get another hat trick ??? . Still think we need another centre back as has been said. Are NCFC worth bet on promotion ,we will find out a week today .

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    iMac

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Not quite sure we need him but 2 out of 2 C'ship promotions is a nice record. What about a centre-back?

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

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