Alex Neil happy to be a loan arranger at Norwich City

Norwich City wide player Jacob Murphy is wanted by League One Colchester on loan. Picture by Paul Ch

Norwich City wide player Jacob Murphy is wanted by League One Colchester on loan. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil is prepared to sanction more loan departures after Michael Turner's Fulham exit – but only on Norwich City's terms.

Turner linked up with the Cottagers until the end of the season earlier this week and Neil will consider a similar arrangement for any of his fringe players ahead of the March 26 deadline.

Kyle Lafferty headed to Turkey in the January transfer window and League One Colchester are in talks over recruiting Jacob Murphy on a short-term deal with Neil happy to consider similar moves for the likes of Luciano Becchio.

'If it benefits us and benefits them I would consider it,' he said. 'Michael's loan benefits both parties and that is the way I look at it. It was an easy decision and if there is somebody else who is on the outskirts and I don't think is going to get any game-time then it is certainly something I wouldn't rule out. Luc would probably fall into that category because he has not been appearing. If someone comes in and wants to take Luc we will certainly look at it, but it has to suit him and us.

'We've been speaking to Colchester about getting some game-time for Jacob. That is on-going, it hasn't been finalised yet but I think it would be good for both parties. The chances of Jacob playing in the first team between now and the end of the season are probably slight.'


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Ryan Bennett's return to the first team fold after a hamstring injury paved the way for Turner's move south.

'There is no point having four guys sitting around,' said Neil. 'Michael has found it difficult to get game-time. He is a good lad and has been a good player over his career but the way we are playing I just felt he would struggle to get into the team.'

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