‘Yes, we have rejected the £100m offer for Teemu’ - Farke on Manchester United deadline day interest in star striker

PUBLISHED: 15:23 31 January 2020 | UPDATED: 15:32 31 January 2020

Teemu Pukki is not heading to Manchester United insists Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Teemu Pukki is not heading to Manchester United insists Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Daniel Farke joked the Canaries did not think twice before turning down Manchester United’s reported ‘interest’ in Teemu Pukki.

The Red Devils were linked with a shock move for the club's reigning player-of-the-year, but Farke knocked that firmly on the head when he previewed the Premier League trip to Newcastle United.

"Yes, we have rejected the £100m offer for Teemu. So no chance," smiled Farke, speaking at Colney. "We know our situation as a club. We're not in the position to buy many players.

"We have a much better situation in terms of we don't have to sell any player and one thing is for sure, the players that are important for us we won't sell.

"That's a big improvement in comparison to all the other last transfer windows because we had to sell some of our best players in order to keep this club going.

"All jokes aside, we won't sell any of our key players right now. Perhaps it is a different situation in the summer. We need all the players in order to work on our little miracle and we can't go further on without Teemu Pukki. No chance."

Farke expects no more inward business ahead of the 11pm deadline after unveiling Sam McCallum from Coventry City earlier in the day. The left-back returned immediately to Coventry on loan until the end of the current campaign.

"I have nothing in the pocket and I don't think anything will happen," he said. "You never know in the last hours if we get a crazy offer for one of our players but no-one has knocked on my door today. At least up until five minutes ago no one has not knocked on Stuart (Webber's) door. Don't expect any business.

"We have spoken about our whole strategy. In the short term focusing on the success of the team, and we brought in Lukas Rupp and Ondrej Duda, who have proved already they can be quite important. The other topic is to work on the future of our club.

"You are always searching for some good options, that is our way to develop young players.

"Sam is fantastic. He has done a really good job at Coventry. He is young, a left full back, which is not easy to find. Great character, homegrown. I am not so tempted to speak about his strengths or perhaps about the topics he has to improve. We'll open the door and give him all the tools and then it's up to him how far he can come."

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