Norwich City boss Alex Neil confirms Bournemouth yet to up the ante for Lewis Grabban

Lewis Grabban is going nowhere is the message from Norwich City boss Alex Neil. Picture by Paul Ches

Lewis Grabban is going nowhere is the message from Norwich City boss Alex Neil. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil has told errant striker Lewis Grabban to forget about trying to force a move from Norwich City.

The suspended Grabban must stay away from the club until next Tuesday after his walk-out prior to the Capital One Cup win at Rotherham. Neil revealed on Thursday Premier League suitors Bournemouth have yet to lodge a fourth transfer bid, but reiterated the Canaries will decide his future.

'We haven't heard anything more and as I have told Lewis we have no intention of selling him. That is the situation,' said Neil. 'The bottom line is what happens at Norwich is decided by me, the board and the owners. That will remain the case. We are in total control and we will dictate what happens between now and the end of the window.'

Cherries' boss Howe adopted a diplomatic tone on Thursday at his pre-match press call ahead of Bournemouth's weekend top flight game against Leicester City.

'Out of respect to Norwich City, I'm not going to comment on Lewis Grabban,' he said. 'It is difficult, we have been chasing transfers for a while now and things take time. There is no guarantee we will add to the squad at all. We are trying but the numbers have to be right and the players have to be available.


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'There is not just one thing we're waiting on to complete a transfer. Sometimes there are a whole host of other transfers that need to be completed. But as much as I would like to add to the squad, I am not losing any sleep over it.'

Neil insists Grabban's conduct was unacceptable, although reports on Thursday suggested the striker had consulted the PFA over his treatment by the Canaries in the wake of Tuesday's Capital One Cup fallout.

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'My feeling is if any player leaves without my permission they bear the consequences that are coming their way,' he said. 'Lewis has to accept the suspension. He has no option. There will never be one player or any collection of players that have more power than I allow them to have. I don't need to send a signal to the rest of the boys.

'They know if they step across the line there will be consequences. It is pretty simple. Lewis was warned about that before.'

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