September 23 2014 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Monday, September 1, 2014
Norwich City boss Neil Adams is warning the Canaries will play hard ball with any Premier League predators looking to snatch his key men on transfer deadline day.
Nathan Redmond was touted with a £9m move to Southampton over the weekend after Gary Hooper had been linked to a posse of top flight clubs ahead of Monday’s 11pm deadline, but Adams insisted following City’s 1-1 Championship draw against Bournemouth any exits will only be on the Canaries’ terms.
“It has to be right for us,” he said. “We are in a fortunate position we don’t have to sell but when the money goes up to certain levels then business can happen. That applies to any player. We are pleased that we can say, ‘No thanks’ if we feel it is not right. At the minute there is no firm offers.”
Adams is still in the market for central defensive reinforcements. Arsenal’s Ignasi Miquel reportedly passed his medical on Monday morning ahead of a proposed deadline day move to the Canaries. Norwich have also been touted with a deal for Swindon Town’s highly-rated midfielder Louis Thompson with reports on Monday claiming City have struck a deal that could rise to £1.3m with the teenager returning to the Country Ground on loan for the rest of this season.
“There are lots of them (names) and sometimes you are just waiting for the nod with players. Defence is an area we are looking and if it happens, fine, if not I am pleased with what we have got,” said Adams. “Defence, as we know, is the area we are may want to strengthen. I feel we are okay at the minute but you have to be aware of injuries and suspensions that might come further down the line. We have to be ready and if we can do anything we will, and we’ll be working right up until the deadline.”
Seb Bassong, Luciano Becchio and Andrew Surman have all been mooted with close-season exits, with Surman heavily linked to the Cherries after his successful loan stint last season.
“There are some who are featuring less than others and ones we certainly don’t want to lose,” said Adams. “We are now entering the final day or two and I wouldn’t be surprised if situations do present themselves, but I want to reiterate we are trying to add to the squad.”