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Alex Neil admits Norwich City’s festive surge is good for his January shopping

Alex Neil is approaching an important milestone at Norwich City. 
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Alex Neil is approaching an important milestone at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Alex Neil is convinced Norwich City’s festive surge will make his life easier in the January sales.

The Canaries’ chief opted to downplay reports of an £8m deal for Everton’s Steven Naismith and a £2.21m raid for Dinamo Zagreb defender Ivo Pinto, but Neil is in no doubt City’s recent upturn will impress potential targets.

“It certainly helps in attracting players. There is no doubt about that,” he said. “If you are sat in the bottom three at this stage, a lot of people can’t see anything beyond what is right in front of them, which is obviously the league table. The fact we are sitting 15th I think will certainly help our cause in terms of bringing bodies in. There is no question, but at this stage it is just about more discussions. What happens now is every agent in the land touts their players.”

Neil knows he must balance City’s Premier League progress on the field with the search for reinforcements during a busy January. The Scot also expects to have plenty of decisions to make regarding his fringe players.

“As far as I am aware there have been no enquiries,” he said. “It all depends on the interest shown in them and where we are and who we manage to attract to come here. I think the squad is at the stage now where we can’t afford to lose any more players. We have a tight knit squad and we will need bring bodies in before players start to leave.

“There is no point simply adding numbers, we want to add quality and if there are players left over at that point it might be better for their careers to move on. What I would say is the lads here now want the squad to be freshened up so we can fight to make sure we are competitive..”

Neil is also keeping an open mind on potential raids from Premier League rivals for any of his squad, after the summer saga involving Lewis Grabban and former club Bournemouth.

“I would need to assess the situation, who the club would be and who the player in question would be and also the finances and repercussions of that,” he said. “There is whole number of factors that would come into my thought process if that situation did arise and a whole range of variables I have to take into account.”

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15 comments

  • Trevor, the slightly deeper meaning is that he wants to sign better players. We're short of numbers at centre back, if we signed Gary Doherty, Leon Barnett and Danny Sh1ttu we'd have added to the numbers but I don't imagine too many of us would support the signings.

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    PaulWho

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • cant beat a good festive surge.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • I think this article is proof that AN does read the comments section as someone mentioned on here a couple of days ago that our good Christmas points return would help us attract new recruits. Now who was that again? ;-)

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    baguio

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • If Ranocchia is right footed does that mean he's going to be right centre back vying with Bennett for a place? We need someone who is left centre back as well then...

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • Must have been Lobbo. Archie's reporters must be on the new year sauce already. Looked him up and he's a big lad, could be handy in set piece scenarios as well.

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    Bald Canary

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • According to other sources we are offering nearly 2 million more than Inter value Andrea Ranocchia. If true this may be to stave off competition from other Seria A clubs reportedly interested. He is a right footed CB apparently very good in the air and obviously a quality young player from his Profile. Still only rumours.

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    irongloves

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • You must have been typing as I was 'Baldy'.

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • "Norwich have offered Inter Milan 10m euros (£7.3m) for their Italy international central defender Andrea Ranocchia." BBC Sports. Salary 42k per week.

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • Keep up Archie, apparently City have offered £7.3 million for Italy international central defender Andrea Ranocchia from Inter Milan. Offered him a salary in the region 3m Euros a year salary.

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    Bald Canary

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • If Bournemouth are prepared to pay a good price for Grabban, let him go and use the money to strengthen our squad. As someone said he is not going to turn into a prolific goal scorer overnight, and we must determine our own destiny through our own results, not by hoping others can't do better.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • CanaryWest, I suspect AN would admit that Andreu for sure, and maybe Dorrans too, were mistakes when he first arrived, and new to the standards of English football? I would gladly let Grabban go to Bournemouth, he's not going to turn into a prolific goal scorer, overnight.

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    Reg Breeze

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • Surely we must be a more attractive proposition than Sunderland or Villa? Happy New Year to all Yellows!

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    el dingo

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • "There is no point simply adding numbers, we want to add quality "...so how do you explain Dorrans and Andreu ???

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    CanaryWest

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • Although I agree with much of what Alex as stated the one area I disagree with him is when he states there is no point in just adding numbers. The one area where this may be necessary in central defence as we cannot risk going into the second half of the season with only two centre half's and Martin as back up. We somehow got away with it during the first half of the season but bookings will start to mount up or injuries may rear their ugly head. Some may well state that Wisdom can likewise cover the position but thus far he is untried there and I have my doubts that he is up to the mark. Like all, I would rather see a quality centre back brought in but if we fail to find one then we may need to settle for cover in numbers.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • Reading the last paragraph it suggests Grabban won't be going to Bournemouth or any other rival. January is going to be a long month, think us fans will need to be patient.

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    Herr Fleck

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

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