July 28 2014 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Neil Adams is adamant Norwich City will not going to be swept up in the transfer madness this summer.
The Canaries’ boss dismissed recent speculation City had tabled a £10m bid for Leeds hitman Ross McCormack prior to the Scot’s big money move to Championship rivals Fulham.
City have also been touted with Blackburn’s prolific striker Jordan Rhodes, with Blackburn reportedly slapping a similar price tag on the prized frontman, but Adams insists City will only make realistic forays into the market.
“The danger is the whole thing gets inflated and clubs have got to be sensible,” he said. “If you go into the market and pay over the odds then you are asking for a bit of trouble in my view. Of course as a selling club you want to get the best price and buy at the best price because it is about good business and you are trying to balance the books.
“The big money is always in the Premier League and we are not in the Premier League now, we are in the Championship and we have got to arrange our business if you like accordingly. It would be lovely to be in that position again as a Premier League club next season.”
Norwich have attracted Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty to Carrow Road. Robert Snodgrass went in the opposite direction but Adams and the Canaries’ top brass are well aware they have a clutch of senior players who are also entering the final year of their current Norwich deals.
The likes of Ryan Bennett and Andrew Surman plus Republic of Ireland duo Anthony Pilkington and Wes Hoolahan are all coming to the end of their existing contracts.
“Certainly there are players getting into the last year of their contracts who we want to keep,” said Adams. “I need to speak to the chief executive about that and you need to tie them up if we can.
“Pre-season will give me a clearer idea of who I want to keep and who I don’t want to keep and those players may want to come and speak to me in due course. But those running into the last year of their contracts would be a priority. I think that is fair to say.”