Graham Dorrans may be a sacrifice Norwich City have to make this summer as Rangers ready £1.2m bid
PUBLISHED: 11:07 11 June 2017 | UPDATED: 08:45 12 June 2017
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Norwich City midfielder Graham Dorrans may be one of the club's "sacrifices" this summer, according to team-mate Steven Naismith.
Rangers have already had a reported £700,000 bid rejected for Dorrans from Rangers but the Glasgow giants are weighing up an improved offer of £1.2m.
With playmaker Mario Vrancic agreeing to sign for the Canaries last week for around £650,000, City may be willing to part company with Dorrans as the Canaries look to slash a bloated wage bill.
Naismith believes the former West Brom midfielder would be a big loss to Norwich but knows the financial landscape has changed at the club after failing to bounce back from Premier League relegation at the first attempt.
Dorrans is a boyhood Rangers fan and Naismith admitted he has spoken to the midfielder about life at Ibrox.
“The club is in a transitional period, sacrifices may have to be made and he might be one of them,” Naismith told The Scotsman. “If it’s right for him it wouldn’t be (a surprise if he moved to Ibrox). He’s always thought of playing for Rangers one day but there are so many factors, there’s a new manager but it depends on if a deal can be done. (We’ve talked about) not so much if he fancies going, more of how it was in my time there. There is certainly an interest there, though.”
Naismith is of course another player who has been heavily linked with a move away from Carrow Road this summer.
City are prepared to listen to offers for the Scotland international, who was an unused substitute in the 2-2 draw with England on Saturday alongside Russell Martin.
Naismith, an £8.5m signing in January 2016, has two years left on his contract at Norwich. However, as one of the top earners at the club he could be another of the “sacrifices” the club has to make this summer.
For the moment at least, Naismith is preparing himself to return to Colney later this summer and impress new head coach Daniel Farke.
“I want to be a success for Norwich,” added Naismith, who City were reportedly considering giving a free transfer this summer. “It was obviously disappointing going down and you want to rectify that by taking them back up. I never really had any chat (about a player clear-out). The club is going in a different direction. And I’ve still got two years left so these conversations might happen when I go back. With any older professional and a new manager it’s either going to work or it’s not and there is a decision to be made for the manager. But any time I’ve had a new manager I’ve gone in and tried to work my socks off and impress him.”