Norwich City refuse to take no for an answer in Ross McCormack chase

Youssouf Mulumbu was a late arrival for Norwich City in Saturday's 3-2 friendly defeat to Hannover 9

Youssouf Mulumbu was a late arrival for Norwich City in Saturday's 3-2 friendly defeat to Hannover 96. Picture by Richard Blaxall/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Richard Blaxall/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's refusal to take no for an answer will make Fulham hitman Ross McCormack their most expensive signing this week.

Alex Neil admitted after the Canaries' final pre-season warm-up against Hannover 96 the clubs were now locked in advanced discussions over a reported £12m deal.

McCormack is set to return to training with Fulham on Monday after missing most of the Cottagers' pre-season through injury, but Neil wants fresh blood before Saturday's Championship opener at Blackburn.

'I think we are at a stage where we are not getting rejected out of hand so there is movement on both sides but it is how much we are prepared to give and how much they are,' he said. 'We are already spending considerable money to get it done and I don't think there is any need to spend any more. I would like to get all our business in before Blackburn. We should have at least one by the end of the week.'

Vadis Odjidja may be heading out of the exit door after sitting out the German friendly following interest from Legia Warsaw, but Neil insisted there had been no approach from Marseille for Youssouf Mulumbu.


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'No-one has contacted me direct about that. I have heard the whispers and rumours,' he said. 'There may be something from their end in that. Over the last year I have had different preferences than Youssouf. If something did come up then both ourselves and the lad would look at it.

'Vadis will probably resolve itself in the next few days. He wasn't involved to safeguard him in case he picked up an injury, and he is going to be moving on.'

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Neil also made it clear Robbie Brady's absence at the weekend was due to a calf injury amid fresh weekend speculation touting him with Premier League West Brom.

'It happened at the end of last season,' he said. 'We were hoping it had resolved itself but unfortunately in training it tightened up again.'

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