Leeds United manager Neil Warnock has confirmed that captain Robert Snodgrass has been given permission to speak to a Premier League club

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The midfielder left the club’s training camp in Cornwall on Wednesday morning to enter into talks about a move to the top flight.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has reported that Norwich City have negotiated a £3 million deal with £1.5 million to be paid up front.

Warnock told the club’s official website: “Negotiations have been going on for weeks. I was hoping he would have had a change of heart and I can honestly say that in all my time in football, I’ve never worked as hard in trying to keep a player. He was offered the best contract, the captaincy, and we would have built a team around him so I am very disappointed.

“He’s made it clear what he wants to do and he’s had his head turned. He wants to play in the Premier League. He believes his Scotland international career may be better served in the Premier League, but I’m not so sure.

“The club is in the process of due diligence and there’s not a lot concrete we can say to him. He’s seen and heard a lot of things over the past few years. But I am still disappointed. Very disappointed. Life moves on though.

“He’s always said he wants to play in the Premier League, although I’m not sure it’s a great move because I think another year would have suited him. But he’s in the last year of his contract and players are in the charge of the situation at that stage.

“The fans know that I’m doing everything I can and we have to make sure we cover the loss of Rob. We do need a couple of quality signings and we’re talking to a number of prospects at the moment. It’s not impossible. I was delighted to get Luke (Varney) in and Aidy has signed a new contract.

“Unfortunately, you can’t keep a player if he wants to go. You can do your best, but your hands are tied sometimes, and we’ve tried every way we can to get him to stay, but in the end it wasn’t possible.”

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10 comments

  • Yes City are a team with several Internationals in it and no doubt more to come. Come on you Yellows

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    goldie

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • Where's that sheep who was on our board a week ago saying Snodgrass wouldn't be leaving ? BAAAAAAAAd luck. Sorry to RAM it home to EWE little LAMB but if Snods doesn't join us it'll be another Premiership club. Never mind. After he puts PEN to paper you'll make a MINT (sauce). By 'eck lad !

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • Is Warnock stupid? Or more stupid than I thought at least?: "He believes his Scotland international career may be better served in the Premier League, but I’m not so sure." - Playing for a mid table championship side would be better for his international career than playing in the premiership would be? What a berk.

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    MancCanary

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • Snodgrass would be a great signing. Hope he scores 10 goals per season for the Canaries.

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    paddycanary

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • Stop Press..Leeds United Promoted to Premier League!!.........one player at a time.

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    Daniel Atkins

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • Think it may just have happened to me too, cutty.Will not mention the "E" word.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • Are these sites continually crashing or is it me?

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    cutty

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • Colin's changed his tune hasn't he - "Negotiations have been going on for weeks." -it's only a matter of days since he was saying that nobody had come in for Snoddy. Colin has no credibility! And yes - he's a berk.

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    The Crab

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • Decent squad player I guess. I can just see poor Billy the bookworm with his head in his hands wondering when the torment is going to end!! All together, please raise a glass to our feeder club, the mid-table Chumpionship Leeds!!!

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    stephen davis

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • At risk of further annoying my non-fan club with this boring repetitiveness, Colin should join forces with Robbie (Lily) Savage and launch a joint career in Panto as journeyman Ugly Sisters. Independently, Colin would make a great Widow Twankey, too. MancCanary & Crab are spot on!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

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