Norwich City chief Alex Neil widens his net in striker transfer chase

Norwich City manager Alex Neil has checked out possible targets in Europe. Picture by Paul Chesterto

Norwich City manager Alex Neil has checked out possible targets in Europe. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil revealed Norwich City is casting their net wide in the hunt for new strikers, with the Scot recently back from a fact-finding overseas mission.

City missed out on £12m-rated Ross McCormack to Aston Villa, while another summer target, Steven Fletcher, is set to be in the Sheffield Wednesday line up for Saturday's televised Championship test at Carrow Road.

Neil has also been linked with a host of proven second tier hitmen, but no stone is being left unturned in the closing weeks of the transfer window.

'I'll be honest with you, we look all over. We have a really good scouting network that is spread right across the whole of Europe and beyond. I was in a foreign country the other day watching a game,' he said. 'We went abroad to see some players because we deemed they would be a good addition, we did our work and took in a game.

'These things move so quickly. One minute nothing is happening and the next it all seems to be happening. We are still active, we are trying to get things done. The front four scored the goals last week but that doesn't take away from the fact we want to add at the top end of the pitch. Over 46 games it would be far too much for Cameron (Jerome) to take that burden on himself so we are going to need others up there to help him. We want another centre forward. Two would be ideal but one is absolutely key.'

Neil predicts a flurry of activity across the top end of the game ahead of the September 1 deadline.

'Sometimes you can't push these things. You have to wait on other people, particularly when they are not your players,' he said. 'We are trying to get things done, people know of our interest and we want to get things done as quickly as we can. It is getting to that stage now when people are starting to twitch and they know if they want to get bodies out or if they are trying to recruit them it is almost a domino effect.

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'Hopefully there is some movement this week to trigger a chain of events which culminate in us bringing some strikers into the building. We are short, we know we are short and we aim to address that.'