Norwich City chief Alex Neil confirms Robbie Brady transfer talks on-going; no bid for Angus MacDonald

Norwich City manager Alex Neil praised his battling side in an FA Cup third round exit at Southampton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City manager Alex Neil praised his battling side in an FA Cup third round exit at Southampton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Alex Neil revealed he expects to offload one more of his Norwich City players before bringing in reinforcements, after watching the Canaries’ painful 1-0 FA Cup third round exit on Wednesday night at Southampton.

Shane Long’s 92nd minute winner dumped a much-changed City out of the competition but Robbie Brady did return following his three-match ban, amidst mounting speculation over his future.

Neil confirmed talks are on-going with interested parties with both Sunderland and Burnley heavily touted with a transfer swoop for the Irishman.

“There have been negotiations that are on-going and contact from other clubs,” said Neil. “I am not going to be specific about who that is or how much we are talking about. There has been dialogue. With Robbie I wouldn’t expect anything to happen soon because it is not at those levels. It will be our timescale and on our terms.

“We have already said at the start of the window depending on who goes out is what will dictate the players we bring in. I know Martin Olsson has gone now but I still think there is a bit of movement to happen. I think there will potentially be one more out and then we can hopefully shuffle the squad a little bit.”

Neil insisted there was ‘nothing’ in reports he had bid £1.5m for Barnsley’s centre-back Angus MacDonald. The City chief deployed a defensive three at St Mary’s with Seb Bassong, Timm Klose and Ryan Bennett all featuring in a battling display.

“No disappointments with the players at all,” said Neil. “I think anyone looking at it can see we came with a gameplan to sit behind the ball. We had pretty much all our midfielders unavailable, either injured or away at the African Nations. We had to put a makeshift team together for the game and a lot of the lads, like Kyle Lafferty, have not been playing for a while. If I am being honest I couldn’t have asked any more of them.

“They worked really hard, they were disciplined. We would like to have offered more going forward. We had good opportunities at times to make better use of the ball. To lose it in the manner we did I felt for the players. Josh Murphy put in a good ball and Kyle was about half a yard from getting on the end of it. That might give us something to hang onto.”

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