Norwich City boss Alex Neil is ready to play a waiting game in the transfer stakes

Norwich manager Alex Neil is prepared to play a waiting game in the transfer market. Picture by Paul

Norwich manager Alex Neil is prepared to play a waiting game in the transfer market. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil is not prepared to risk Norwich City's Premier League future with panic buys in the transfer market.

The City chief confirmed on Friday Roma's Italian international striker Mattia Destro is on his watch list, although the Italian international is expected to complete a move to Serie A rivals Bologna, as he targets fresh firepower ahead of the transfer deadline on September 1.

Neil has endured a summer-long search for strikers, but the Scot insists he is only interested in attracting genuine quality.

'Yes, he is a player who has been discussed. There are on-going negotiations with quite a few players, not just players but clubs and agents and different things like that,' said Neil. 'The problem we are finding, in terms of recruitment, is some of the players we are trying to attract don't see us as a good proposition for them to come and play. Value is another factor that makes it difficult for us, because the valuation of British players is ridiculous, to say the least, when you consider how much they go for compared to foreign players. The problem with bringing in a foreign player of course is whether they can adapt quickly.

'We are still chasing top targets. I won't just go and sign players, I will wait to the end of the window 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 trying to get people in.'


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