Norwich City manager, Alex Neil was predictably questioned by the assembled media after seeing his side beat a lively Rotherham side 1-2, last night.
It was a match notable for Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s first Norwich goal for two years and the absence of Lewis Grabban, who was reported in the Daily Mail to have walked out of the team hotel after hearing he would be starting on the bench.
‘I don’t have any issues with any player. He might have an issue but I’ll quickly fix it,’ Neil told the media reporters.
‘There won’t be any shedding of light. Any sort of thing that happens behind closed doors stays there and that has always been the case and that will remain the case.
‘As far as I am concerned Lewis Grabban is a Norwich player, bottom line, that is it. Every player has got a price, but they have to a valuation we think the player is at, not what they think the player is valued at.
‘We have rejected three bids from Bournemouth and the bids we have received were not anywhere near the valuation of our player.
‘Until we get to a stage where the bids are acceptable then Lewis Grabban remains a Norwich player.’
Neil said on Tuesday morning that he would not sell to a rival and it seems Grabban is frustrated at this stance. Clearly it is the right stance but there is a hint in Alex’s comments that until the ‘bids are acceptable’ he will not be sold, that makes me think that if Bournemouth make a really big offer we might let him go. After all, no club wants an unhappy player.
In the meantime, with Hooper on the verge of joining Sheffield Wednesday, expect to see RvW and Kyle Lafferty on the bench.
This is a something of a bombshell and with less than a week left in the window and with Wolves also playing hardball over Benik Afobe, Alex Neil and David McNally have a big headache to sort out.
Who’d be a manager, eh?!