March 5 2015 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Norwich City boss Neil Adams insisted he did not want to lose Leroy Fer after the midfielder’s return in Saturday’s 3-0 Championship win over Watford amid reports Premier League QPR are closing in on an £8m deal for the Dutch international.
Norwich City midfielder Andrew Surman has been linked with a permanent move to Bournemouth.
Neil Adams was non-commital when pressed on why Surman was not involved for the Canaries in Saturday’s 3-0 Championship win over Watford but reports later that evening claimed the midfielder is on the verge of a return to the Cherries, where he enjoyed a successful loan stint last season.
Adams made it clear throughout pre-season he was keen to keep Surman, who is approaching the final year of his current Carrow Road deal and Surman played in the opening weekend’s 1-0 league defeat at Wolves but the 27-year-old had made no secret of the fact he wants regular football at this stage of his career.
Skysports claimed on Saturday evening, just hours after his second half cameo at Carrow Road, that Fer is set for Loftus Road with Rangers’ chief Harry Redknapp making no secret of his desire to recruit Fer earlier this summer.
City have reportedly accepted QPR’s offer with Fer potentially primed to undergo a medical as early as Monday to rubber-stamp a deal that would eclipse the club-record departure of Robert Snodgrass to Hull City.
Fer was the last Norwich player to depart at the final whistle after making a point of applauding all four corners of the ground, but Adams was still hopeful of keeping the Dutchman when he spoke immediately after his side’s 3-0 victory against the 10-man Hornets.
“Of course we want to keep him,” he said. “He is not up to 100% like the rest of the squad because he was busy over the summer. It was great to get him on. He wanted to play, we got him just over 20 minutes, which was great for him and when he was on the ball he showed his quality.
“He is a top player. Leroy hasn’t said anything to me about where he sees his future. These things don’t tend to go between player and manager these days. It is all done by agents and those above me in the club.
“I’ve said all along my position would not change. Who in their right mind would open the door to let Leroy Fer go out? We have to accept that business is business and if, and when, the right offer came along we would have to consider that. It hasn’t at the minute.
“The crowd showed their appreciation when he came on and we all want him to be a Norwich City player but we’ll deal with anything that may arise as and when it happens.”
Fer joined Norwich 12 months ago from FC Twente and scored three goals in 29 Premier League appearances to earn a place in Holland’s World Cup squad where he scored in the 2-0 group win over Chile before a hamstring injury curtailed his later involvement for the Dutch who went on to finish third.
City have already sanctioned departures for Snodgrass and Anthony Pilkington this summer, with Gary O’Neil, Kyle Lafferty and Lewis Grabban coming in the opposite direction.