RUMOUR MILL: QPR’s Leroy Fer bid rejected by Norwich City, as Southampton renew Nathan Redmond chase

Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer (front) enjoys his big moment at this summer's World Cup. The question now is where the Dutchman will end up playing his club football next season. Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer (front) enjoys his big moment at this summer's World Cup. The question now is where the Dutchman will end up playing his club football next season.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
3:02 PM

Norwich City have knocked back a bid from Queens Park Rangers for Netherlands midfielder Leroy Fer, according to reports in London.

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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.

78 comments

  • The dividend is not worth it if you're already in a good financial position coupled with being a less attractive proposition for incoming players from both relegation and demonstrating that you're not interested in holding on to your more prestigious players with a view to being promoted again.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • LYB fraid a dividend in the hand is worth two in the bush and Irish to save Brewer going through it, backwards slash works..

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    Gruff

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • A quick £8million for Fer and £20million for Redmond, cash in the bank, any less we keep them, Redmond is a gem, we must keep him, but if he want to go, he's a premium price, Fer's goal at WC is worth £2million alone, any less than 8million would be a joke, put the money into player pot, nobble couple players and dive in, in January.. come on City no give aways

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    OLDYELLA

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Hughton displayed all the signs of a man whose belief in himself or anyone else was shot to pieces. Hesitant. Bland. Formulaic. Just hanging in for Payday. I don`t know why that should be. I cannot but help agree with the gist of what jops said. Does that make me a "moaner"? Probably. I do not trust the Club`s Board any more. I do not like its composition. A flaky TV celebrity\bon viveur. A retired cook and her wealthy hubby. An Archant Placeman, Boycie Phillips. Buckett. The only `pro` is Machianalli. He`ll look after the best interests of.... the Directors.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • What has happened to Hangeland since he left Fulham. Someone must have signed him up by now, what have I missed. I would have thought he would have been an ideal player for us this season.

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    VictorM

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • In general a few points seem clear from Adams Appointment:- 1. He is doing a good job of bonding the team together. 2. His lack of respect as a leader with other senior people is already starting to show, Royle comes and goes, tour of Italy is a farce (imagine a team not turning up to a pre-season friendly against a Brian Clough team. 3. The board are definitely more focused on money than success.. they worked extremely hard to get us solvent, but now they reached their goal they are struggling to find further motivation, hence the appointment of friendly faces and fear of confrontation at every turn. 4. Adams is not yet experienced enough as a manager to leverage what he needs from the board.. For me the biggest problem is how we can attract new players to this club that can get us promoted again... and for this reason we have to keep our stars like Fer, Redmond and Ruddy... it will take us years to replace them.

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    jops

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Sorry Matt but I can't even see Hughton as a good coach. On the pitch there was very little evidence that any of the players had ever been coached beyond the "Don't you dare cross the halfway line except to change ends". The set pieces were laughable. Sorry he was totally hopeless in my book, inadequate to the Nth degree.

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    waclor

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Well spotted, Timbo. Jed. Ged. Scott. Knott. Sn0t. The `Black Fingernail` of Trollery strikes again. They seek it here....

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Off topic; I saw on BeebGossip that 1p5wich have not offered Leroy Lita a deal, following a trial with the "club". An `insider` tells me it was a disagreement on terms. Leroy expected to be paid. 1p5wich expected Leroy to pay `subs`.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Has Peppa Pig finished early today then "Sed"...?

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    Timbo

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • The players have to want to play and it is no good keeping them when they can get a better club and play prem football. If they are kept and not sold they will just sulk. To every player a big club is in the premiership and not the championship. Be tough this year with a completely inexperienced manager and lots of cheaper players. Mid table is the very best and then all down from there. Needed a big name manager with international experience like the blues up the road. They are at least top 6 and we are not!

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    Sed Jott

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Thats basically what I meant buddy. By no means was I trying to say anything positive about Chris Hughton as a manager (I was just trying to be nice about poor old chrissy). For me hes in the same boat as Peter Grant. Really, really nice bloke, a good coach. Being a good coach and being a good manager are two totally different things though. Man management is a huge factor, even more so in the modern game with all this money about players changing them as people. Players would come out in the paper and do the worn out "we are right behind the manager" in mono tone voice but it was extremely clear, not everyone was happy and even the ones saying they were, were not over the top convincing.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Matt! "Thats where things went wrong for Chris hughton in my opinion. No doubt he was a good coach and he had a theory on how the game should be played...." Sorry Mate but there are loads of doubts in my mind about his ability as a coach and I suspect there are enormous doubts about his ability in his own mind too. If he had had any self belief, he would not have instilled a deep inferiority complex throughout the club. That man is a disaster area.

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    waclor

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I think we all have to be a little careful here. Firstly all we have is pure speculation. None of the information in this article has been verified we are merely reacting to what has been written. And rumours such as this "sells" newspapers. And I don't think we have the divine right to be told everything that goes on behind the scenes either. The facts that we do have are; Ruddy, Fer and Redmond have all stated their desire to stay at the club and help us back to the PL. Yes that can change. But for the moment they have pledged themselves. And quite frankly I think Norwich is a desirable club to play for (more so than the likes of QPR) and those of you who seem a little negative about Neil Adams; please give the guy a chance before you pass judgement. So far I like what I see and hear and I believe he could just be our secret weapon I think this team will do very well and can get us back to the PL with NA in charge! otbc

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    Canarygirl

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I know its nostalgic Brew and will likely get told off for even discussing him but your correct in all you say. Think what you will of Lambert and have a good laugh at him coming unstuck at Villa but we saw the best of him as a manager and how he could take the most average player and get the maximum he could out of him before moving him on. All the players brew mentioned plus others like Oli Johnson, Anthony Macnamee, Marc Tierney all looked world beaters at times under Lambert but drifted almost completely out of the game following NCFC. Shame really. Hopefully Adams can have a similar inspirational bond with his current group. I heard lots of whispers regarding his relationship with the likes of Bassong and how he had fall outs with Hooper at the end of last season but it does appear very much that the camp is bonded and anyone not reading from the Neil Adams hymn sheet isnt anywhere near the squad, let alone the starting xi which can only be good for this football club. Thats where things went wrong for Chris hughton in my opinion. No doubt he was a good coach and he had a theory on how the game should be played, but getting the his players to buy into that theory proved hard and almost unnatural for most of them. Was always going to be a matter of time if you are trying to get naturally gifted attacking players to perform within a defensive, negative structure. Adams philosophy seems to fit the players already in our squad in terms of playing to their natural strengths.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • As long as our players have met each other before kick-off at Molineux! Looking back to L1, when Lambo came in to rescue Shipwreck City, he had a lot of chopping and changing to do. Getting rid of Theo, Otsemobor, Whaley, Wiggins. He also re-kickstarted the careers of Wes, Chris Martin and The Ginger Pele. Found us a superb goalie on loan. Got Holty off the pies and into the goals. Got a few decent performances out of Cody McDonald, often as sub. It took a while before `lift-off`, but what a trajectory ensued! You can do it too, Neil - you`ve a head start on what Gorbalschev started with. Unless Machianalli flogs them.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Colin, I think you are forgetting the two Murphy lads as wingers, admittedly not 'senior', plus Andrew Surman can play on the left as well. I would prefer to keep Redmond (and also Fer) but we have to be realistic. Also, with money in the bank, we can for sure go into the transfer market. With most of the 'big boys' spending their money abroad, there has to be some gems to be unearthed in the Football League.

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    Kent Anglian

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Why all the hysteria? If a player wants to go then good luck to him. If he has a long contract we get more money and we can bring in a decent replacement who wants to be here. Just hope it isn't last minute and we start the season with a settled squad.

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    cutty

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • If Snodgrass, a good 7-8 years older than Redmond, is worth £6.5m with a year left on his contract, surely Redmond is worth more? Also, we'd need to buy a winger to replace Redmond, as Bennett and Pilkington would be the only two senior widemen, and both have injury issues.

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    Colin

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Why do so many people say that city deserve to go straight back up, I don't agree they when down as one of the poores teams that could not score goal but conceded them easily are played very poor football . Some of those players that got the club relegated now think they are to good to play in the championship ,the only resone that QPR whet straight back was because they kept the same players together and didnot let any leave that what city need to do .

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    DOBBY1970

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • It is clear that at some stage we will sell Fer. I am convinced the fee will be undisclosed to hide the fact that we will get a transfer fee that is lower than expected.

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    VictorM

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Why on earth does this club fiddle faddle and fart about! Watford have put a high price on Troy Deeney of £10 million so that Leicester and Burnley cannot get him on the cheap, why does McNasty not do the same with the Carrow stars? If they are a selling club then get some serious money in not petty cash!

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Diggerman: You claim Leroy Fer "walked out of the end of season dinner"....you do realise why he walked out? As reported by numerous people in attendance that night, even some sitting with him for the evening + EDP writers, he recieved the very late call from the Dutch national side calling him up for this small competition called the World Cup inplace of an injured player and he basically had to dash home right there and then and get the next flight to join up with them. Some people are picky over spelling mistakes, im picky when the clear facts are ignored and twisted into lies. On a lighter note, someones user name is BobBacklund.....thats pretty awesome!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Jury is out on Fer for me. Sometimes looked like a world beater, sometimes looked disinterested. I would like to see him stay as I think there is a good player in there. As for Redmond. Don't be too harsh on his final ball from last season. He wants to and is best at playing down the right. Unfortunately a certain influential Scotsman decided playing down the right was his position, despite only having a left foot. We haven't yet seen the best of Redmond and I would slap a very big price tag on him.

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    Double D

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Norman, personally I saw last Summer as a major expansionist move after a couple of years of relatively minor change in the squad consolidating our position that blew up in the club's face. Despite being very keen not to make change mid-season last year, simply because I think stability always gives you the best chance, I was obviously spectacularly wrong, but that's equally why personally I believe the board made the wrong decision last year for the right reasons in sticking and trying to see it through. I definitely didn't interpret it as any lack of ambition, and the decision to throw available money into the transfer budget rather than ground expansion last year bears that out. Re Redmond and Fer, the only risk of either of these leaving is if Louis van Gaal decides that Fer will do a job at Man U, in which case it will be bye bye Fer and I wouldn't blame him with a chance like that on the table. You can guaranteed that they'll pay through the nose if that does happen though.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Good point by BobBacklund re how Wigan kept their best players, all of whom were FACup winners. It is right to then question how good our relegated players are compared to Wigan, a team that did not make an immediate return. Like everyone else I hope for the best but we should rein in expectations and not be too obsessed by who departs. Who comes in is equally important.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Did we not use the "not for sale unless someone offers double digit millions" a few years ago, only for Blackburn to say OK, hers the money for Chris Sutton.... did we replace him that season with someone as good better ???

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    Claus Capes

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • LY Birdie. Firstly , let me thank you for a reasoned argument against mine. So often comments become personal insults. You quite rightly can question my logic. Here is my thinking. After three years of premiership football ,most clubs consolidate their position. In my opinion N City did not do this. CH was a failure and it was quite obvious fifteen games before the end of last season that City were in trouble.At this point a change should have been made . It was not. Delia herself stated later that there was nobody available. Not quite true. Five games left of the season and City , a certainty to be relegated, Adams was appointed. If he was that good, why not give him the job earlier. All season long McNally was on about how City were debt free. This is in my opinion was the boards main aim. City even receive many millions for the next four years as compensation. I firmly believe that this board is content with full houses in the Championship and if there is a season or two in the Premiership so be it. I feel that the supporters have much more faith in N City and have been short changed. I hope that City can bounce straight back as we deserved the best. So LYB we may differ in our opinions but I am sure that we all have the same ambition in our hearts.

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    norman hall

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I'm sorry to say this but you all talk a load of tosh! Firstly, you don't know what the players contracts say. Secondly, you don't know what the board or the manager is thinking or planning. Thirdly, you take thes 'articles' seriously, as if they had any real substance. For example, Harry Redknapp is a master in the transfer market, sometimes even he doesn't know what he is doing! So why fill the site with rubbish?

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    Nelson

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • couldn't agree more Spark If the manager and board cannot see the huge potential of Redmond the club are in the wrong hands.1015 million is closer to his current value .If he can improve his final ball ,and still being very young he can do it, then his value can shoot much higher.

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    AGT

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • LYB, your naivety continues to flourish I see. If you think this Board has ambition please explain why they did nothing to ensure the Club, of which they are supposed to be guardians, did absolutely nothing to make sure we stayed there. Your trust in them is wholly misplaced, they basically got away with minimal criticism at the end of last season because of rose tinted bespectacled fans like you. Quite simply they don't learn from their mistakes and they are never held to account. A quick apology, an interview on Radio Norfolk and people like you think they are marvellous. The money may be safe in their hands, but the football isn't.

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    jigs69

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Not quite so fussed if Fer decides to go, at the right price for both parties of course, but hoping Redmond stays as I really feel that when he finds the means to more effectively finish he will be a very very potent footballer - something I am sure others see.

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    powelld123

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • I am sure that, if offers for Fer and Redmond come anywhere near the money Hull paid for Snodgrass, the Board will relent despite pronouncements about us "not needing to sell". Money talks as they say and that kind of cash should enable us to find more than adequate replacements. However my main concern is still for a dominant central defender regardless of who we may or may not sell. It will be interesting to see how we perform next week in the two friendlies. I am hoping and expecting to see a much more dynamic, pacy and fluent display than we saw in the pre-season games in the previous two seasons.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Doesn't matter what we think or how long players contracts are. Even if NCFC come out at say "We're not selling" some players will have their heads turned by PL clubs coming in for them. It will certainly sort out those who genuinely want to stay and fight. Those that want to go we're better off without.

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    Flying Canary

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Wigan went down with an (arguably) better team - one that won the blinkin' FA Cup in the process. They managed to hold on to great players such as McManaman, Maloney and McArthur - players that I was sure were going to end up at mid-table Premier League sides (at worst). Nope - at the moment they're all still there - even after a failed attempt to get back to the Prem. At the moment, I wouldn't put players such as Redmond, Ruddy and Fer in that league (even though they literally ARE now in the same league) - so I can't see why other clubs would put up too much of a fight for them, or why Norwich would be too fussed to see them go.

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    BobBacklund

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Several messages on here stating City must keep their best players and rightly so - in which case Fer can go. His World Cup goal doesn't fool anyone, except perhaps Harry. One-paced and overrated and nowhere near consistent enough.

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    Outside The Box

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Selling Redmond would be suicidal for any hope of returning to the prem

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    spark

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • I see that 1p5wich is doing well - they just managed a 1-0 win against the mighty Braintree. Even better was that Leroy Lita scored and they are now pondering whether they can afford to sign him on a free transfer ! Finally, they have just given the No. 1 Shirt to a Gerkin - I wonder if they are getting ready for a few good picklings ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Agree Dubai, NCFC is where it's at, nowhere else really matters. A honour to wear yellow and green or don't bother.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • same price as Adam Lallana then maybe, otherwise a long walk off a short pier should be the answer

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • I think the devil is in the detail and that is what is written in the contract. As far as I am concerned the ONLY thing that's important is Norwich City FC. I personally couldn't give a stuff about players personal wishes and ambitions if it doesn't involve NCFC. I am sure that the contracts are there to protect the clubs interests as well as the payers. If someone is 'suffering' here on a paltry £40K a week, and a club offers him £50K+ of course he is not being greedy, is he ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • It would only take a statement from the club stating that these players are not for sale at any price- but the silence is deafening and tells its own story-bye,bye when the price is right!

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    diggerman

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Go for it MR Mc Nalley another 12 million in the bank sell your best players ,these are the players you need to keep if you are interested in getting back to premier.As I have said before who will want to come and play for MR Adams.

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    El tel

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • With the PL funny money a possibility for next year, worth a million per player pro rata'd on the number of games they play if they get promotion.

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    Surrey Canary

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • How many of todays players would play half a game with broken rib and pieced lung like Duncan Forbes did against Arsenal ? the don't make loyal club players like that any more!

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    diggerman

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Football contracts don't seem to be worth the paper they are written on, and I find it difficult to blame players for trying ( or is it their agents ), however, I do believe contracts should be adhered to however tempting any offer. Players are happy to sign on the dotted line and unless the club wants them gone. Mind you if I had had a great offer.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Lets face facts the loyal players like Duncan Forbes, Dave Stringer, and Terry Alcock do not exist anymore they are like Paul Lambert- Me, Me, Me! and with a better offer gone!

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    diggerman

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • If a man wishes to play at the highest level he can I don't think it's fair to call him greedy and disloyal.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Cornwall - the other side of the coin is if you have already signed a contract with an employer for three years - on extremely good salary and terms - you could argue that you should be committed to them. If you are turned by MORE money you could then be seen as greedy and disloyal, which are not very admirable virtues. Let's hope there are major loyalty and buy-out clauses plus huge transfer fees to dissuade players running out just for more money.

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Fair point Cornwall...but these guys are under long term contracts. They can ask to leave, but the Club can say no. I hope NA turns out to be a great manager - we all want success. However, if think back to the selection stage when the likes of Malky and Zola were in the frame...I've a horrible feeling that these proven guys would have demanded the last say in who leftjoined the Club.Maybe the Board saw NA as a guy who would go with the flow?

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    Irish canary

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Welcome Irish --- I'm a relative new boy myself. Enjoyed and generally concur with your comments. However, it is going to take more than a couple of pints of the black stuff (sorry Mr. Brewer) before I get my head around the concept of Redmond as a replacement for Wilkinson at Toulon..........but who knows!

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    Igno Rance

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Imagine yourself at work, a representative of another business comes along and offers to more than double or even triple your wages if you work for them. You would be a 'b' fool to turn them down. It is the same for footballers. Loyalty is ok when it is applied to others, how many of us would remain loyal in those circumstances?

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    Cornwall Canary

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Norman, your statement isn't logical. If what you say is true and the club has no ambition and will cash in on our better and more valuable players, then your statement that 'they're all about the money' cannot possibly be true, because ultimately a season in the Premier League is worth well more than ten times any profit we'd hope to make on either Fer or Redmond.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Fer will go once the price is right. This board is all about money and not footballing ambition. Fer will show loyalty to himself as all modern players seem to do. More money and playing in the Premiership ,that's where his loyalty lies. Redmond would do well to move elsewhere to further his career. He has real talent and it should not languish in the back water of Carrow Road.

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    norman hall

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • One more comment now I've started....I've got a sneaky feeling that our strike force from last year can still come good..I felt really sorry for both RVW and Hooper last year. With the negativity that we played with last year neither had any hope of hitting the back of the net on a regular basis..and that was without the constant rotation cos the manager had no idea what his best 11 was. I'm hoping and praying that we can score for fun this season ..as we have shown in Italy :)

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    Irish canary

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • GLASS HALF FULL: Players too good to be relegated. Too late we brought in a manager who loves NCFC and now wants us back in the top flight. Holt is a formidable assistant. On tour the team is bonding and even our most saleable assets are making no waves. The only transfer activity is two new strikers, one with a proven record of scoring in the Champ, the other brimming with confidence and at his playing zenith. There is a new football board intent on not repeating mistakes GLASS HALF EMPTY: This is Norwich, a selling club. Unlikely to hold on to Ruddy, Fer, Hoolahan, Redmond. Who will replace that loss of quality? The manager is a novice whose record is one draw, four defeats. He brought in Joe Royle as an advisor and mourns his hasty departure. Pre season is a farce with opponents failing to honour fixtures. Two half full glasses. In which one is the potion that will decide our season?

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Hi folks..new to the site..but enjoy the constructive comments of all the loyal fans. My personal view is that it's inevitable that we are going to lose 1 or 2 (maybe more) of our squad before the end of August. The Board tell us we don't "need" to sell..I'll believe that for now. I hope we can keep Fer...he looked a good player for most of last season and could well grow into a great one. But Redmond??...yes he's fast, yes he started the season great..but what else? He would have done better in a rugby team...9 out of every 10 crosses were guaranteed to go "over" for 3 pts!

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    Irish canary

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Lets see if the Board and DMcN have any ambition ! NA has made his feelings clear on keeping Fer - so what is a few £M's in the bank for a mid-table Chump club really worth ? City fans will demand and expect immediate promotion and anything that prevents that will be seen as a negative. Another point on Fer's indifferent form - whilst he showed flashes of class and brilliance - he was part of the big new breed that did not deliver as expected. If these guys have any pride and self-esteem they owe it to the Club and Supporters to get us promoted next season.

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Chairman Buckett has foot-in-mouth disease. Holty was "too old". Buckett is too near Carrow Road.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Fer will go, he walked out of the end of season dinner- probably didn't like the Chairman saying the new signings had not added anything to the squad !

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    diggerman

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Btw Brewer and Waclor, why the Bowkett bashing? To say the Board did nothing to prevent relegation is just plain wrong. OK, it didn't work, but the strategy to get us back from the dark days of League 1 did work. There were lots of comments last season about Hughton's lack of a plan B - correctly, I accept - but the long term success of this club also depends on having a plan B and financial stability is key to this. Coventry, Leeds, Pompey etc, etc (and almost NCFC not too long ago) are testament to what happens when you chuck everything in to short term success and it doesn't work. I have huge respect for Delia, MW-J, McNally, and yes Bowkett and the rest. NCFC is safe in their hands IMHO, So stop the childish name calling and get behind the club. OTBC

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    Canary on the moon

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Norwich chairman Alan Bowkett said : "Neil Adams has already been told that if he wants to keep all the players that are here, then we have the financial stability to do just that." Given that it's inconceivable that Adams would want to lose either of these players it would be quite a statement for the club to make a U turn on. Snodgrass was a special case because he only had a year left on his contract. That does not apply here.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Totally agree with the general tone on this board, particularly that players like Fer, Ruddy and Redmond on long contracts who are not angling for a move should not be sold. If Redmond and Fer are worth £6m to Soton and QPR respectively, they are worth even more to us if retaining them leads to promotion. This squad, with the addition of a strong Centre Half and a fast, classy Right back will walk the Championship.

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    Canary on the moon

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Yes, hold your nerve NCFC - better to have the players and a greater likelihood of big bucks next year in the PL than get a few million here and there now and put that at jeopardy. Particularly as we are told financially there is no need to sell anyone...

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    Surrey Canary

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • NOW IS THE HOUR - THE DECISIVE MOMENT - Keep your nerve Norwich City put huge price tags on the heads of the best players and fend off most predators. Do this and the likelihood of a swift return to the Premier League appears more likely. Fail and the Directors might as well form a queue to pick up morale from beneath the stands!

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    mardler

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Indeed they did not, waclor. Eye off the ball and on to the Corporate bollox. Perhaps I`m not alone in believing Adams has zilch say in these matters. You won`t see Bowkett & Co on a bike, whatever happens. Unless it`s a photo-opportunity. Stevie F has had a decent Summer at cricket and tennis. Norwich City must be a bit naif for him now.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Although you are playing against weaker opposition, it must be harder to get into the premier than to stay there. If you win eleven prem games and draw eight, you will probably stay up ie you can lose half the games and call the season a success. You need to win many more games than that to get promoted and as the team just down from the premiership, you will be facing teams who either see you as the team to beat or shut up shop for a point. Adams needs to settle on his best team ASAP and try to keep the players he needs. By January the position may look different and desparation increses the incoming transfer fees. Of course I am assuming that the board actually want Norwich back in the premiership. They didn't do anything to prevent relegation.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • As always LYB talks sense. But to more or less reiterate Lincs Canary's point, indeed sell our best and achieving promotion at the first push will be harder. Therefore even if attractive money is offered for Fer or Redmond wouldn't it be best for the club to turn the offer down?

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Think all this speculation is a waste of time. Norwich has plenty of money and both of these players have plenty left on their contracts. If either goes, it will be on the clubs terms, nobody else's and that will mean seriously silly money.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • If NCFC are serious about getting back to premier league with the money that goes with it, all the best players should stay to achieve that. No amount of transfer fee money will compensate for that lost by being in the championship, only sell players that Neil Adams do not want.

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    Eddie

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Take your point Jimbob but before his injury he was consistently man of the match at home and his ability was clear. The clubs stance was he was rushed back from injury in 2nd half of the season and maybe that caused the up and down form? If he goes it HAS to be for big money. If he stays then we have the best Central Midfielder in the championship (until Jan 2015 when the madness will begin again!).

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • The lowly PL clubs are sniffing around trying to get players in on the cheap. Lets put up a sign saying RUDDY, FER, REDMOND - NOT FOR SALE - however willing to commence negotiations with PL clubs for offers in excess of £12.5m for EACH !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Or put another way, the Phoney War is ending and the battle is about to begin.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • This is why I am reluctant to join in all the euphoria about what lies ahead. The transfer window runs until end of August and only when it closes will we be able to judge the club's determination to take us back up. What I mean is you can talk all you like about formations and tactics but it's the players who deliver. Sell your best and the future becomes bleaker.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • If the right money is there, flog Fer - not consistent enough for the prem, let alone 46 games in the champ. People seem to be getting worked up over this one, but it's not as though he was a standout player for us last year.

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    JimBob

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • What worries me is we either sell too cheap, or we end up selling cheap, or we sell too many for silly money on deadline day, and have lots of money but gaps in the squad.

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    Chris Mugglestone

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Is £6.5m enough for Redmond, when you consider Snodgrass is about 8 years older and went for more than that despite having only a year left on his contract? Hard to think of a winger we could buy to replace him, and we would need to as we'd only be left with Bennett & Pilkington for the flanks. We need 3 established wingers plus Josh Murphy, especially considering Pilks' injury woes. Bennett is a little brittle too. Surman can't play on the wing. Not as a winger, at least.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Hes the type of playing i'd always imagine QPR going for. Will they get him? I hope not! Way I look at it, he is committed longer term than Snodgrass was, so we are not being forced into selling cheap. Cant compare with Snoddy too much as every player is only worth what a clubs willing to pay but surely if Snod goes for 7million, Mr fer (and Redmond to be fair) would be worth far more than that. Ive talked about my thoughts on Fer to death. He isnt a mercenary, he isn't the sort to force a deal. If someone larger than us comes calling, of course he will be interested in talking, as long as its a deal that suit all parties. Lets just wait and see. I still think we will lose him on deadline day when someone panics and puts a silly money offer in.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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