Transfer market will hot up after Euro 2016 for Norwich City chief Alex Neil
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Norwich City fans should be prepared to ride out the phoney war over the coming weeks before the real transfer business gets underway.
Alex Neil predicts little market activity right across the board until after this summer's European Championships are concluded.
'I would anticipate it will be relatively quiet until the Euros have finished. For a start the market doesn't open up until July 1, so that in itself holds things back,' he said. 'A lot of players and managers will be at the tournament watching players so I don't anticipate huge amounts happening. If a club is desperate for a player they will act very early but teams at the start of the window recognise they have to pay top dollar for players and the longer it goes sometimes circumstances change.
'We have the basis of a really strong squad in the Championship that is well-equipped and has the experience of getting themselves out of that division. I don't think there are going to be wholesale changes or a mass exodus of players walking out of the door. I certainly don't want that to be the case. There is clearly a balance to be struck. We have some real quality players in the squad and I want to retain as many of them as we can, while freshening it up.'
Neil held talks on an individual basis with his squad last week and the City boss is ready for every eventuality as he looks to mould a group to compete for Championship promotion.
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'Every player is different, they have their own situation to look at and it's a long summer at this stage,' he said. 'I may have held a positive meeting with a player but there are a lot of factors that can impact on their situation. There are going to be on-going scenarios that crop up as the summer develops but that is always the case regardless of whether you are in the Premier League.
'There is only so much you can control. I know the position where the lads are at the moment and their hopes and ambitions and also what might be some of the likely scenarios.'
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