Norwich City boss, Alex Neil revealed on Friday that he spoke to Patrick Bamford last summer about the possibility of him joining the Canaries. In the end, Bamford opted to move on loan to Crystal Palace but when that didn’t work out, Alex Neil was straight back on the phone.
At his usual pre-match presser, Neil told the EDP:
‘Patrick is in the squad so he comes into contention. He a left-footer, which is different to what we have, his movement off the ball and his finishing are very good. I spoke to him in the summer after the back of a good season. We discussed the prospect of him coming to join us but at that stage he opted to join Crystal Palace. Once that came to an end it was something we re-ignited. The good thing he is here now.”
Neil also gave an injury update and says Robbie Brady has recovered from the illness that kept him out of the Spurs game but that Graham Dorrans is still suffering and is unlikely to face Aston Villa.
“Injury-wise we should be okay on that front. Graham I don`t think unfortunately is going to make it,” said Neil. “The virus is still taking its toll on him. I am not quite convinced he will be available. Robbie has been in the last couple of days so he looks like he has fully recovered.’
Neil was also asked about the possibility of Kyle Lafferty going out on loan, with Leeds again heavily linked. However, just like Steve Evans, Neil was fairly non-commital on the subject.
“I`ll be honest. I have not even thought about it,” he said. “That will only be the case depending on who comes in and what they are prepared to offer. What tends to happen is teams come in with cheeky bids where they want to pay half the player`s wages and we are going to fund the rest. That is not going to happen.”
Seems like City will continue to play hardball over Laffs then.