Norwich City boss Alex Neil is prepared to bide his time in Graham Dorrans’ pursuit
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Alex Neil is prepared to play a waiting game to entice West Brom's Graham Dorrans to Norwich in the loan window.
The Canaries' chief was frustrated in his attempts on deadline day to recruit the Scottish international and weekend reports in the Midlands suggested any proposed loan switch could now hinge on fitness issues around Baggies' midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, who picked up an injury on African Cup of Nations duty.
Neil's immediate priority is three points against Charlton but the Scot is relaxed about exploring the potential to bring Dorrans to Carrow Road over the coming days.
'No more news,' said Neil. 'Obviously his name has been mentioned but all I am focused on right now is the squad I have to go and win this game at Charlton. You don't know how soon or how long these things will take. We pursued Graham, everybody is aware of that before the window shut, we had the deal done but it fell through. Now we have the loan route so we might have to go about it in slightly different terms.
'The one thing I want to do is get my squad settled so everyone knows what the task is and they are involved. I have managed to do that in the main. The lads who were not really involved have either moved on or know where they stand. The ones I have put my faith and trust in have been involved.'
Neil also wants his younger talent to keep learning their trade in the Football League with the likes of Jacob Murphy, Jamar Loza, Carlton Morris and Cameron McGeehan all coming to the end of initial loan stints.
'That is an on-going process,' he said. 'If you take someone like Jacob I think it would be good for the lad if he continues to play first team football between now and the end of the season to get himself prepared for next season. Obviously we have kept his brother here and from what I am led to believe they are similar in terms of how they play. It is good for him to play first team football and the last thing you want to do is bring them back and they are playing reserve team football.
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'With Carlton we have still managed to keep him involved at development level as well. Cam will come back now (from Cambridge), I'll have a chat with him, and we'll see what we do taking it forward from there.'