Norwich City exits will be on Alex Neil’s terms

Gary Hooper has been touted with a Norwich City exit. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Gary Hooper has been touted with a Norwich City exit. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil insists any Norwich City exits in the closing days of the transfer window will be on his terms.

The Canaries' boss confirmed on Monday two Bournemouth bids for Lewis Grabban had been turned down flat, while the likes of Gary Hooper continue to be touted with a Carrow Road exit.

Neil is aware of the speculation and admits he may have to make some big calls ahead of the deadline.

'When it gets to this stage anything is possible. There will be things that happen which you don't expect and we'll have to be prepared,' he said. 'Ultimately if you get a really strong figure for someone and you feel you can invest it better and get good replacements then you might look at it, but there are other members of the squad where you would not be looking to any business.

'There has been a lot of speculation surrounding Gary, in particular. Sheffield Wednesday has been one, Celtic has been mentioned, probably another couple of clubs that have gone out of my head, but until we hear anything concrete then it is just speculation.'

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Neil knows there is the Football League loan route to get his fringe players game-time.

'I put some of the younger lads out already and obviously there will be boys who want to play elsewhere if they are not getting minutes here,' he said. 'I have to make sure I look after the best interests of Norwich. We won't leave ourselves short.'

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