September 20 2014 Latest news:
Monday, August 18, 2014
Leroy Fer and Andrew Surman both remain in contention for Norwich City’s clash with Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night, with manager Neil Adams insisting neither are on the verge of leaving.
Sky Sports reported over the weekend that QPR had agreed an £8million fee for Holland international Fer and rumours on the south coast suggest Surman wants to return to Bournemouth, where he spent last season on loan.
“I’ve seen the speculation, I’ve seen stuff being confirmed on some stations on TV and it hasn’t, Leroy trained with us today, he’s in the squad for tomorrow and that’s where we are with that,” Adams said of Fer’s situation.
“Now I understand with football things can change at the drop of a hat but it’s disappointing to see, in some respects, what has been written and broadcast over the weekend because as of yet there’s no news to give you on Leroy Fer, he’s trained this morning with us.
“He’s a top quality player. I think he was delighted as well with the response from the crowd singing about (the World Cup in) Brazil during the game, and rightly so. He performed particularly well for himself out there.
“The 20 minutes or 25 minutes, whatever it was he had, he showed why he went to Brazil in the summer, he was excellent and as I said after the game, you don’t want to lose players like that.”
While also dismissing reports of interest in Huddersfield Town midfielder Oliver Norwood, Adams said Surman was also in the running to play against Blackburn having been left out of the squad completely for Saturday’s 3-0 home win against Watford.
“Surman is someone that I’ve said all along that I like, I think he’s a good player, I want him in the squad, I want him about the squad,” the City manager continued.
“He was with us through pre-season, started the game at Wolves, wasn’t ready for the weekend and again speculation but again I can only reiterate that he is someone who I would like to stay here and the sooner that transfer window comes and goes, the better for us all.”
Adams also said that striker Gary Hooper and midfielder Jonny Howson are not yet fit to return but could only say he hoped the pair would be back ‘sooner rather than later’.
“We’re hoping it’s not too long, that’s for sure, because they’ve been out two or three weeks respectively. So we’re not a million miles away but in terms of immediate games, unfortunately not,” Adams said of the pair.
The City boss remains unsure whether full-back Martin Olsson will be available for the Rovers game yet, admitting that the club are yet to hear from the FA about any extension to Olsson’s suspension following his red card in the 1-0 defeat at Wolves.
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