Alex Neil - Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty is going nowhere amid Leeds loan interest
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Norwich City chief Alex Neil has told Leeds boss Steve Evans to forget about a loan move for Kyle Lafferty.
Neil confirmed on Friday morning at Colney ahead of the weekend's Premier League trip to Chelsea Lafferty will not be heading north, prior to next week's emergency loan deadline, following an enquiry from the Elland Road boss.
Harry Toffolo is poised to extend his current stay at Championship club Rotherham today ahead of their league derby against the Whites, but there will be no more departures from the Canaries this side of the January transfer window.
'I told Steve he is not going. There will be no more players going out on loan or leaving the club in any shape or form until January,' said Neil. 'I haven't had to speak to Kyle. He knows the situation. I have spoken to him on numerous occasions and he is fully aware of the situation he is in. He was on the bench in the last game so that hasn't changed. This is a crucial period and my squad is settled. We have done our business in terms of letting lads out on loan or whatever it may be to get them game-time, certainly for the younger lads to help their development. Rotherham have asked to extend the loan and that is something we have to consider, but no-one will be leaving here. When we get to January then we can sit down and look at it again.'
Neil is monitoring the fitness of his international contingent ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge. Youssouf Mulumbu sat out DR Congo's World Cup qualifier against Burundi as a precaution after recently returning from foot surgery. Nathan Redmond is back in the fold after missing the home league win over Swansea City prior to the international break with a tight thigh.
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'Nathan is fine now. He had a tight hamstring and with Matt (Jarvis) out for a period of time it was purely precautionary on my part for the Swansea City game,' said Neil. 'With Matt now it is just about time for him. We got his injury diagnosed very quickly within a couple of days when we got the scan. Now we have to wait for it to heal. He is still making good progress but it will be a number of weeks. He didn't need surgery. We got the surgeon to have a look at it and he was happy that it was stable and it didn't need an intervention.
'With the international boys we still have a couple we need to have a further look this morning. It is tough when the games are so close together. It can take 48 hours or so for swelling to die down or whatever it is, but Youssouf is fine. He only played 45 minutes in his first game. I think he turned his foot a little bit but there has been no reaction since then.'
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