Alex Neil will not dwell on Ross McCormack snub in Norwich City’s striker search
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Norwich City boss Alex Neil insists the Canaries will bring in a proven hitman to bolster the Championship promotion push after missing out on Ross McCormack.
The Scottish international opted to join rivals Aston Villa in a £12m four-year deal for a reported £45,000 a week. City swiftly switched their attentions to completing a move for Tottenham's Alex Pritchard but Neil, speaking at Colney on Friday ahead of the opening Championship game at Blackburn, is confident the striker search will have a positive conclusion.
'We are looking to add at least one striker before the window ends. We are confident of doing that,' he said. 'People only hear what is in the press but I can assure you behind the scenes we have numerous people who we have speaking to. That (McCormack) was a long drawn out process. Fulham made it more difficult than it needed to be and the levels it ended up getting to, to be honest, didn't make sense for us. Although he is a good player and has a lot of goals in him where it got to priced us out of the market.'
Pritchard could make his Norwich debut at Ewood Park after City beat Brighton to his signature.
'I think it was a good deal for both parties. He did well when he was at Brentford and he wants to get back to the Premier League as quickly as possible. So do we. It strengthens our options,' he said. 'He brings a creative flair, quality on the ball. He brings goals and assists. That is crucial if you want to stay at the top of the table. There are a lot of deals that happen which can swing both ways and perhaps we have been on the wrong end of that as well which have not worked in our favour. Brighton showed a keen interest but we kept tabs on him for a long while.
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'He nearly came here instead of going to West Brom in the Premier League last season. We have been in contact with his representatives and when we saw an opportunity to sign him we did.
'Alex is one that had been on-going but we didn't feel the need to react until the right moment. You want to see how other things transpire within your own squad and maybe sign before someone moves on. That introduces an element of risk and gamble but sometimes you have to act.'
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Russell Martin (back) and Robbie Brady (calf) will miss out this weekend. Graham Dorrans (groin) is a doubt but Neil will delay a decision on the Scottish international's fitness until Saturday.