Talking at his Pre-Stoke press conference at Colney this morning, Alex Neil was asked the predictable questions about transfer targets from the assembled media.
However, unlike in previous weeks he was unwilling to say too much, having previously complained that he was misquoted about ‘nobody wants to come to Norwich.’
To be fair, it does seem like that, Alex.
Neil declined to talk about Wolves striker Benik Afobe or Napoli defender, Kalidou Koulibaly but was happy to discuss the futures of Gary Hooper and Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
Last night, The Mirror were linking Hooper with a swap deal for Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths, something that sent the Norwich twitter contingent into near meltdown.
“As far as I am concerned there is no interest in Gary Hooper. There has been a lot of speculation in the media but until anything is concrete then we won`t be commenting on it,” Neil told the EDP.
“We won`t be commenting on anything concerning any players, whether they are going or staying, because ultimately the ones we want to bring in are not our players. Yes, I was at Wolves the other day but there were a lot of good players on show. I am not going to comment on that either (Koulibaly). Every player is a possibility.”
Neil also spoke about the club’s record signing, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and said that he has not been told to find a new club. Ricky scored for the U21 development team last week in a 2-0 win over Leicester.
“Ricky understands his situation. I have sat down and had a chat with him on a good few occasions,” said Neil. “He trains with the first team every day and he played in the 21s to get some minutes under his belt. We have not had the discussion whereby his agent needs to get him a move. His task is to get himself into the first team. He is training hard and trying to do that and scored in the development game.”
I guess the bottom line is though, if Neil thought RvW was the answer then he wouldn’t be making offers for other strikers, would he?