Alex Neil on Robbie Brady's future and Norwich City's reported £4m bid for Wigan's Yanic Wildschut
PUBLISHED: 19:48 28 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:24 29 January 2017
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Alex Neil conceded Robbie Brady may have played his last game for Norwich City after a key role in the 2-0 Championship win over Birmingham, ahead of the climax of the transfer window next week.
Brady has been heavily touted with Premier League Burnley but Neil insists he needs to sign a suitable replacement ahead of Tuesday’s deadline to sanction the Republic of Ireland international’s departure.
The Irishman produced a superb free kick headed home by Timm Klose to double Norwich’s lead after Cameron Jerome’s opener, but Neil admitted that might be Brady’s swansong.
“It is hard to say,” he said. “It really depends on, one, if I can attract the calibre of player I deem Robbie to be. That is extremely difficult and, two, if I can get a deal done because I can’t let Robbie leave the club unless we sign a suitable replacement. Potentially we will have players coming in and going out. It is really difficult to say. We are trying to do work but it will depend on players leaving the club.”
Neil played a straight bat to reports of a failed £4m bid for Wigan’s Yanic Wildschut. Jem Karacan is another on his radar after the ex-Reading midfielder had a trial for the club’s development side earlier in the week and Karacan could be a short-term option.
“We are still thinking about that. The only issue with Jem is that he has not played that much in the past two years. He was over in Turkey and hasn’t really played for a year,” said Neil. “In terms of him (Wildschut) the one thing I don’t like doing is commenting on other teams’ players. I will talk about Robbie, because he is my player, but all I will say is we are trying to do business.
“I think we have a big enough squad when everyone is back but we have the likes of Youssouf Mulumbu away at the African Nations, we have Graham Dorrans struggling with injury and Louis Thompson is going to be a long term casualty so in that area of the pitch we have an issue. We do have numbers coming back. Nelson Oliveira is free of suspension. Alex Pritchard will be back when he is recovered from illness, but that middle area is an area we might need to plug a gap for a short period of time but Youssouf is back in seven or nine days.”