RUMOUR MILL: QPR’s Leroy Fer bid rejected by Norwich City, as Southampton renew Nathan Redmond chase
15:02 23 July 2014
Norwich City have knocked back a bid from Queens Park Rangers for Netherlands midfielder Leroy Fer, according to reports in London.
However, Rangers boss Harry Redknapp is expected to come back with an improved offer according to West London Sport.
Fer, a 24-year-old Netherlands international who featured and scored at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, is currently on holiday after his South American exploits – which were curtailed by a hamstring injury.
Redknapp went public on his interest in Fer earlier in the week but denied any bid had been made, while recent reports in the Netherlands suggested a deal was being sorted for Fer to complete a move to Loftus Road for £6m.
Fer joined Norwich from FC Twente last summer for a fee in excess of £4.5m and made 29 Premier League appearances last season, scoring three goals.
Meanwhile, Southampton are said to be continuing their chase of Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond and Celtic’s former Canaries goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
According to The Telegraph, it is Saints new goalkeeping coach Dave Watson – who joined from Norwich following England’s World Cup failure – who has recommended a £9m switch for England’s third choice stopper to push, if not usurp, Artur Boruc.
And while they go on to say Southampton had a £3.5m approach for Redmond turned down earlier in the summer, Saints are now expected to revive their interest – with a fee approaching £6.5m said to be enough to convince Norwich to sell.
Stoke, Everton and Swansea are the other Premier League clubs reportedly monitoring Redmond’s situation.