Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Leeds United manager Neil Warnock has confirmed that captain Robert Snodgrass has been given permission to speak to a Premier League club
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.”