Norwich City boss, Neil Adams is preparing to ‘batten down the hatches’ in an effort to keep his star players out of the clutches of the circling Premier League sharks.
Speculation surrounding the likes of Nathan Redmond, Gary Hooper, Leroy Fer and Martin Olsson – to name but a few, has been raging all summer.
It’s obvious, that because we have some good players that other teams will try to take advantage of our relegation to sniff out a bargain. Fortunately, the club have shown that unless a ‘silly money’ offer comes in, like that which took Robert Snodgrass to Hull, then City don’t have to sell.
The reality is that everyone has their price and money talks. So far, we are led to believe that City have knocked back bids for Olsson, Redmond and Fer but it’s likely that other offers have been made that haven’t become public too.
Yesterday, Alext Tettey said that a Premier League offer for him had been turned down, while Ricky van Wolfwinkel’s agent had his say, suggesting that two clubs outside England and Holland are interested in taking the Dutchman on loan.
Speaking to the EDP, Neil Adams had this to say about the situation:
“Yes, I think it will hot up now. Premier League teams are getting back into the swing of things and that creates a knock-on effect which travels right down the leagues,” he said. ‘We expected it to be quiet over the last few weeks if I am honest but now the World Cup is done and dusted teams are starting to assemble squads and it usually has a filtering down effect.
“There are 30-odd days left but what I would stress is it`s also important that you don`t wait until the end of those 30 days. We play the first game a week on Sunday so we have got to be as right as we can.
“We`ve said we are not done and that will probably be triggered by outs. We know we need to strengthen so there could be one or two coming in but we also have to be ready to react if we lose players.”
Adams reinforced after seeing his side beat Nice 5-1 on Monday night that he doesn’t want to lose anybody, including Leroy Fer.
“The phone will be ringing all the time because we have such good players and Leroy Fer will be one,” he said. “People are going to want him. I hope Leroy Fer is wearing a yellow shirt on August 10. He has a few days off to go and enjoy his honeymoon and he is due to be back with us on August 4 which is the week leading up to Wolves and of course we hope he is with us beyond that.”
I desperately hope that we will keep hold of Fer, although I have heard that’s not likely. The other night at the Nice game, I saw a lad with a new shirt with Leroy’s name and number on it – I admire his optimism…