Norwich City draw a blank on frustrating transfer deadline day

Norwich City manager Alex Neil was unable to land another forward on transfer deadline day. Picture

Norwich City manager Alex Neil was unable to land another forward on transfer deadline day. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City came up short in their attempts to land a deadline day signing to bolster the club's Championship promotion push.

City chief Alex Neil was keen to add another striker to his frontline, after completing a deal for Portuguese international hitman Nelson Oliveira in the final week of the transfer window.

Norwich were heavily linked with a loan move for Watford's starlet Jerome Sinclair, but the only activity at Carrow Road was a trio of loan departures.

Harry Toffolo joined League One Scunthorpe United until January, while James Maddison and Tony Andreu headed to Scotland. Maddison has linked up with Scottish Premiership outfit Aberdeen until January 4 and Andreu sealed a season-long loan switch to Dundee United.

Steven Naismith's representatives were in talks with Premier League Sunderland over a potential reunion with his former Everton chief David Moyes, but a proposed move collapsed, while Kyle Lafferty remains at Carrow Road after being linked with Cardiff City and Palermo.

City did hold onto the likes of Republic of Ireland international Robbie Brady and Swiss international Timm Klose, who had both been touted with summer moves away from Norfolk.

Maddison revealed he turned down offers to stay in England to make a move to Pittodrie.

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'I had offers from League One clubs but I think I have already ticked that box. Coming to a club the size of Aberdeen is good for me,' he said. 'I had a chat with Steven Whittaker and some of the Scottish lads here about Aberdeen and Scottish football in general and they all spoke very well and the manager as well of course gave me his opinion. He told me to just come and play my football. It is a chance to get some first team experience in a different environment.'

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