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Norwich boss rubbishes reports that striker will join for £6.5m

Manager Alex Neil rejected suggestions Norwich were closing in on a deal for Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller, but confirmed advanced negotiations over the transfer of teenage defender Ben Godrey from York.

The agent of highly-rated 21-year-old French striker Haller said there had been a visit to the club's Norfolk training base earlier this week, with reports of an £6.5million fee having been agreed.

Haller is currently playing at Utrecht. Credit: PA

However, there are other interested parties across Europe, while Neil also has other targets on his radar, including Steven Naismith from Everton.

"You said his name, I am not saying his name," Neil replied when asked directly about interest in Haller at a press conference ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Bournemouth.

"But yes, obviously we are trying to reinvest the money (from the sale of Lewis Grabban) and have a whole host of targets we are trying to attract to the club.

"We have already done a bit of business, (Ivo) Pinto has come in, Matt Jarvis (on a permanent deal after a loan spell) as well, and Ben Godfrey is another we are trying to get across the line."


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