David McNally denies Peterborough Mackail-Smith rejection claims
Norwich City chief executive David McNally has denied claims from Barry Fry that Peterborough United striker Craig Mackail-Smith rejected a potential Premier League summer switch to Carrow Road.
United director of football Fry said on Monday both City and Queens Park Rangers had been rejected by the Scottish international, who is set for Leicester City after Posh accepted a reported �3m offer from the Championship promotion hopefuls.
Norwich's interest first came to light before last season's final loan deadline in March, which triggered one of the most protracted transfer sagas of recent months as Premier League sides Wigan and Everton were also linked with the highly-rated 27-year-old.
The Canaries were unable to thrash out a deal for the 35-goal frontman at the time, with Canaries' chief executive David McNally accusing Posh of moving the goalposts.
And despite Fry's recent claims, McNally posted on his Twitter account on Tuesday that City had not returned for the striker since.
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'For the record, CMS (Mackail Smith) did not turn down Norwich City, despite what Barry Fry might say,' tweeted McNally. 'Our interest ended in March.'
Manager Paul Lambert has already recruited two strikers this summer, in the shape of James Vaughan and Steve Morison ahead of City's Premier League bow – while Fry expects West Ham to come back with an improved off after their initial bid was turned down.
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'We have accepted a bid from Leicester,' said Fry on Monday. 'Their manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is out of the country at the moment, but was due to speak to Craig over the weekend.
'I have had several conversations with West Ham, but we have turned down their bid. I am certain they will be back.
'Craig is facing a tough decision. He turned down Norwich and he has now turned down QPR.
'Craig met QPR manager Neil Warnock and was impressed with him, but he wanted assurances that Neil would still be manager at the start of the season and didn't get them.'
Eriksson is also reportedly in talks with ex-England striker David Nugent and Bristol City's Nicky Maynard in a bid to beef up the Foxes' firepower for a concerted Championship promotion push.
Mackail-Smith signed off his Peterborough career ahead of an anticipated summer move with a strike in Posh's League One play-off final success over Huddersfield.
'We'll see what the summer brings,' he said. 'I'd love to be in the Premier League next season.'