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Norwich City boss will fight ‘tooth and nail’ to keep Leroy Fer

PUBLISHED: 08:29 26 July 2014 | UPDATED: 16:55 30 July 2014

Norwich City boss Neil Adams admits the Canaries face a fight to keep hold of Dutch international Leroy Fer. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City boss Neil Adams admits the Canaries face a fight to keep hold of Dutch international Leroy Fer. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd

Stefano Gnech

Norwich City boss Neil Adams is ready to fight ‘tooth and nail’ to ward off interest in Dutch international Leroy Fer.

The 24-year-old returned to Colney on Friday for the first time this summer after an extended break following his World Cup exploits, but Fer’s club future remains the subject of intense speculation following reports of a rejected bid from QPR and interest from Europa League winners Sevilla.

Adams, speaking after his side’s 1-1 friendly draw in France against SC Bastia, admits City face a battle to keep hold of the powerful midfielder.

“I will fight tooth and nail to keep as many of the ones I want and hopefully add to that,” he said. “Leroy is back in Norwich now and he was at the training ground on Friday. Listen, this is a player who has just played in the World Cup. You look around and a lot of those boys who played in that tournament are going to be in demand. It will be tough to keep him.

“We know that. Leroy has scored a goal in a World Cup finals for a country who were one of the top nations and nearly went all the way.

“People will see him as a Championship player now and perhaps feel they have an opportunity to come and take him off us. We have to do everything we can to keep him here but similar to Robert Snodgrass, if silly money comes in it will be tough. Leroy is an excellent player and we would love to have him in the team.”

Adams revealed City are in no hurry to add a third summer signing following the arrivals of Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty, with the Norwich boss focusing on keeping hold of his key men.

“No, nothing imminent at the minute. We are looking constantly and we are prepared to move if the opportunity presents itself,” he said. “What I would say is the players here who I have spoken to, Wes Hoolahan being one, who many might have felt are ones that could go, are liking it, they are enjoying it and they want to be part of it.”

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