No deal for Norwich City’s Martin Olsson despite Swansea City noises

Norwich City boss Alex Neil has told Martin Olsson to ignore transfer speculation around his future.

Norwich City boss Alex Neil has told Martin Olsson to ignore transfer speculation around his future. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City boss Alex Neil insists Swansea City have yet to match their valuation for Martin Olsson.

Neil confirmed on Friday it is business as usual, despite fevered speculation surrounding the Swedish international's future in the transfer window.

The City boss made it clear Swansea have yet to follow up their initial interest after Swans' chief Garry Monk confirmed Olsson was on his radar.

Neil has told the 26-year-old to put Norwich City first until the Welsh club or any other potential suitor talk serious money.

'In Martin's case, if Swansea offered the money that we couldn't turn down then we will deal with that. That has not been the case,' he said. 'There hasn't been any contact from Swansea, apart from the initial approach, which was a few days ago. There has been nothing since then. As far as we are concerned it is business as usual.

'I had a conversation with Martin when the initial approach was made just in terms of letting him know the situation, but what I said to him was until things come to a level where we are willing to deal with what is an acceptable offer then you are a Norwich City player and you need to focus on your job here. That is the bottom line. Until such time as that changes, it is business as usual.'

Neil confirmed there is no other firm interest in any of his players ahead of the February 2 transfer deadline, but the Scot has told Southampton loanee Jos Hooiveld he is free to cut short his original season-long deal, amid reported interest from Championship strugglers Millwall.

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'I have discussed the situation with him and it is probably best for both parties that we look to move him on,' said Neil. 'He won't be a part of things going forward. I have made him aware of that and he knows the situation and we are trying to get something else sorted for him so he can go and play his football.

'He is Southampton's player, but going forward he won't be one I will look to use so he knows exactly where he stands. His agent has to do his work for him to get him somewhere.'

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