Norwich City boss Alex Neil confirms striker Mattia Destro is in his sights

Norwich manager Alex Neil confirmed at Colney on Friday he has looked at Italy striker Mattia Destro

Norwich manager Alex Neil confirmed at Colney on Friday he has looked at Italy striker Mattia Destro. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City boss Alex Neil confirmed on Friday morning Italian international Mattia Destro is on his transfer radar.

The Canaries were touted with a £4.5m move earlier this week for the Roma striker, who has been heavily tipped to join Serie A rivals Bologna on a season-long loan.

Neil has made no secret of his desire to bring in fresh firepower to bolster City's Premier League bid, but the 24-year-old is among a number of potential targets.

The Scot pulled the plug on a move for Celta Vigo striker Joaquin Larrivey earlier this summer and Neil insists he will not be swayed into panic buys with the window open until September 1.

'There are on-going negotiations with quite a few players, not just players but clubs and agents and different things like that,' said Neil, speaking at Colney ahead of the trip to Sunderland this weekend. 'Yes, he is a player who has been discussed. I have said before I won't just go and sign players, I will wait to the end if I have to. I need to sign players I think are going to add to the group and make us stronger and better. That is probably why it is taking so long.'

Neil also reiterated he is in no hurry to offload the likes of Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper, who have had limited opportunities to impress since the squad returned this summer.

'Gary came on at the weekend and I have to make sure my bench is balanced. If we are playing one up front then there is no point having three strikers on the bench,' said Neil. 'In that respect Ricky was unfortunate to find himself not involved. If something came up for him to maybe go out somewhere then of course we will have a look at it - if it suits him and the group as well.

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'The group is the most important thing, it doesn't matter about the individual in that respect. If I think it could harm the group then they won't go anywhere. If I think it is not detrimental then I will consider it. Loaning those players out or letting them go is not something that has been brought up. There has not been any options where that has been the case so it hasn't been something I have to think about.'

Neil confirmed he has no fresh injuries ahead of the trip to Wearside.

'We're the same as last week. We have no new injuries,' he said. 'Martin (Olsson) is likely to be back in the next couple of weeks. He's joining in training with the players at the start of next week, and then providing there are no setbacks he should be ok to go.

'Kyle (Lafferty) strained his knee in pre-season but he's been doing a lot of fitness work this week and he's had no reaction with it, so hopefully he can get himself involved in training.

'The boys have trained well this week. We've got everybody on the right track, so the squad will be as it was.'

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