Norwich City will call the tune in any Nathan Redmond transfer tussle
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Alex Neil insists Norwich City will call the shots in any Premier League chase for Nathan Redmond.
The England Under-21 international has already been widely touted with a Carrow Road summer transfer exit after being linked to Stoke City and West Ham.
Redmond is approaching the final year of his current City deal but Neil is adamant that does not put the Canaries in a weak bargaining position.
'It is only natural he is going to attract interest,' he said. 'He is young, he is English and he has a year left on his contract. When you put those three things together it is not a surprise. Nathan is one of those who will always attract interest. You have to expect there will be bids and offers coming in but they are going to have to be good to part with him.
'He might only have a year left but he is under 24 so compensation is a factor as well. We are still in a strong position. Nathan has countless under-21 caps, he has experience in the Premier League and he is a big asset to the club.'
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Neil's first priority is the futures of Gary O'Neil and Steven Whittaker, who are out-of-contract next month.
'We're in the process of talking to both,' he said. 'If it makes sense for them and the club that is something we can look at. Steven is a proven Championship player and did well for us and Gary has had a really good season and contributed probably a lot more than what we thought, based on the season before last. I have had a conversation with all the players and they all know their individual situation.'
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Graham Dorrans is another who could play a bigger role in the Championship, after being touted with Rangers.
'Dozza is player who in the Championship did very well for us,' said Neil. 'He started this season just gone pretty well but unfortunately for him he found himself out of the team and used sparingly since then but there is no doubt in my mind he is a quality player. In the Championship he can dictate games, he can sit in there and control it with his passing. His use of the ball is excellent and he has good scope for us next year.'