Transfer near misses will not hit Norwich City’s Premier League quest

Congo international striker Dieumerci Mbokani is poised for his Norwich City debut. Picture: AP Phot

Congo international striker Dieumerci Mbokani is poised for his Norwich City debut. Picture: AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell - Credit: AP

Alex Neil insists Norwich City's transfer frustrations will not hinder the club's Premier League progress.

The Canaries' chief made no secret of his desire to attract defensive reinforcements in the final throes of the summer window, which closed last week, but Neil is confident he has the resources to cope in the months ahead.

'I have Ryan Bennett there, who can play centre back, Andre Wisdom has been a centre back coming through the ranks so I have cover,' he said. 'I would be lying if I said I didn't want to add a couple more. I think in terms of the transfer window we managed to add (Dieumerci) Mbokani and (Matt) Jarvis to the ranks over those last few days and I was pleased with that. I think they will add value to us, however, there were obviously another couple of spots we wanted to bring in, which we didn't do for varying reasons.

'The one thing I would say is we did our very best to do that business. We met the valuations of the clubs but unfortunately for one reason or another they would not allow players to leave. If I learned one think it's you can't rely on anybody else. We worked really hard, we made all the right contacts, everything was on board, players were on board, the full nine yards, but unless the club allows the player to leave it is going to be difficult.'


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