Striker cull not on Alex Neil’s agenda at Norwich City

Norwich City have not had any firm interest in Gary Hooper, says Alex Neil. Picture by Daniel Hambur

Norwich City have not had any firm interest in Gary Hooper, says Alex Neil. Picture by Daniel Hambury/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Daniel Hambury/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil is not looking to cull his strikeforce ahead of Norwich City's Premier League bow.

The Canaries' chief continues to be touted with fresh firepower, ahead of next month's transfer deadline, but his on-going search does not spell the end for the likes of Kyle Lafferty, Ricky van Wolfswinkel or Gary Hooper.

Lafferty has a knee injury at present, but van Wolfswinkel and Hooper were not involved for the final pre-season friendly against Brentford ahead of Saturday's Premier League opener at home to Crystal Palace.

'You have to have options,' said Neil. 'If I go with just Lewis (Grabban) and Cameron (Jerome) and one gets injured and the other is not well I don't have too many strikers left.

'If you want to talk about the other strikers Gary came in and did really well for us at times last season, he scored that crucial goal at Bolton, and he has done well for me. Kyle went on loan and he has been really unfortunate in pre-season with injury, because he would have got a chance like the rest.

'With Ricky I am still assessing him. It has been difficult because I am trying to get all the lads fit and have a look at him as well and his attitude is excellent.

'He is a good lad, I have no issues with him whatsoever. He is one of a few strikers I have got and that will remain that way at the moment.'