Norwich City boss Alex Neil predicts transfer market ‘domino effect’

PUBLISHED: 07:33 24 January 2017 | UPDATED: 15:09 24 January 2017

Sergi Canos is the subject of firm transfer window interest. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Sergi Canos is the subject of firm transfer window interest. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Sergi Canos’ potential exit could be the trigger for Norwich City’s transfer hunt to move through the gears.

The Spaniard has been heavily touted with a return to Brentford, and the Bees look set to step up their interest once Scott Hogan completes his protracted big-money move to West Ham.

Neil has his own target list, with ex-Reading midfielder Jem Karacan featuring in a trial outing on Monday night for the development side at Portsmouth. The Canaries’ chief predicts a ‘domino effect’ as the market hots up ahead of next week’s transfer window deadline.

Neil is under no pressure to sell following Martin Olsson’s move to Swansea City, but both Canos and Robbie Brady have attracted firm interest.

“There are certain clubs in for our players but something has to drop for them before they can then do their own business,” he said.

“It is like a domino effect. You have to knock the first one over and then it unravels. Until that happens there is always a bit of stand-off. I would like to think we can bring some players in. We have quite a few irons in the fire.

“Generally speaking, it is getting harder. The market value of players who have never played in the Premier League is a lot and players are moving for huge sums and in some cases many of them have not even graced the Premier League.”

Neil also has the loan route option to tweak his squad, although the Scot is still to sanction James Maddison’s potential return to Aberdeen until the rest of the season. The former Coventry City youngster is back at his parent club after two goals in 19 appearances for the Dons.

“What I am not going to do is leave us short in certain areas. It depends on ins and outs,” said Neil. “That final decision will come as the window progresses. The one thing I want to do is make sure James plays football - whether it is here or not.

“In terms of bringing in players, it is not something we would rule out but I would much rather sign lads who are permanently here because their future is tied to this club. The loan market can be useful and something we might look at.”

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