Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington heads to Cardiff with Neil Adams’ blessing
06:30 15 August 2014
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Norwich City boss Neil Adams insisted Anthony Pilkington’s pending Carrow Road exit had been not hastened by his social media outburst after his Wolves’ snub.
Pilkington was at Cardiff’s training ground on Thursday to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms after the Canaries’ had accepted a bid from their Championship rivals for the out-of-favour Republic of Ireland international.
Bluebirds’ boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed after his side’s midweek Capital One Cup win against Coventry he viewed the 26-year-old as a perfect replacement for injured wide man Craig Noone, with the proposed deal worth in the region of £2m for Norwich.
Pilkington had a bit-part role during City’s pre-season build-up, and used his personal twitter account at the weekend to state he was fit for duty after being left out of the matchday squad for the opening Championship defeat at Molineux.
Adams confirmed at Colney on Thursday he had spoken to the midfielder over what he labelled ‘a misunderstanding’ after Pilkington missed training on Friday, and the Norwich chief stressed that had no bearing on the club’s decision to sanction a potential departure.
“There is interest in him. A lot of interest,” said Adams. “The same with a number of our players but that is where we are at this moment in time. An offer has been made and if it is deemed acceptable to the club then we will deal with in the appropriate manner. Once it gets to a stage where we are happy then something might happen, but that is still on-going.
“I think that what happened around the Wolves game is two plus two made 17 for some people. Thankfully, we resolved that. What is happening now since the weekend with the player is nothing to do with that. It was a misunderstanding.
“I would never take an injured player to a game, that is why he travelled with us. He wasn’t on the bench but to reiterate the interest from other clubs right now is not a consequence of that episode.
“I’ve said it all along but there are players here and some of them are more at the forefront of my thinking than others. It is really as simple as that.”