Robbie Brady is still in Alex Neil’s sights; Norwich City striker RvW back in training after Sporting deal stalled
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Alex Neil confirmed he wants to add Hull City's Robbie Brady to his Premier League plans after watching Norwich City ease to a 7-0 friendly win at non league neighbours Gorleston.
Tigers' counterpart Steve Bruce revealed last week City had lodged three bids between £2m and £3m for the Republic of Ireland international, which he labelled 'embarrassing'.
Reports on Friday suggested City had returned with a new, improved £6m offer but Neil predictably was unwilling to discuss figures at Emerald Park beyond confirming the player is firmly on his radar.
City have also been linked with a £1.5m move for Celta Vigo striker Joaquin Larrivey but Neil insisted there is no imminent business.
Club record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel, however, is back in training after failing to agree personal terms on a proposed move to Sporting Lisbon.
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'We are working on things and I don't really like to get into individuals but as everybody is aware Robbie Brady is a player we like,' said Neil. 'We have made a few bids and there is interest but at the moment we have to wait and see what is going to happen.
'Ricky has been in most of the week, the last three days. He has trained with the squad and the other international players because he came back a bit later. He is part of the squad and he will be involved the same as them. I know as much as you do about the Lisbon interest. As far as I am aware nothing is happening right now. He is a Norwich player, and when he becomes available he will in the mix to be picked.'
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Youssouf Mulumbu was another notable absentee against the Greens, after featuring for DR Congo over the close season.
'Like all the international lads none of them were involved here. There is no other reason behind it,' said Neil. 'We have seven or eight guys like Russ Martin, Steven Whittaker, Alex Tettey and Wes Hoolahan who are doing a different programme, so they are just catching up with their fitness work and when they are ready they will be involved in some of the games.
'It is important we come here and put on a bit of show and get the guys working hard and play in the manner I want when we play any game. You could see that in both halves. I think everybody had a good day all round.
'I thought the likes of Harry Toffolo and Jacob Murphy had good games. Everyone has been working hard, they are in good shape in pre-season and you could see that today.'