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Norwich must freshen up relegated squad - Alex Neil

Norwich need to change up an aging squad, says Alex Neil Credit: PA

Norwich City manager Alex Neil has hinted there are likely to be significant changes to the squad before they start again in the Championship in August.

The Canaries were relegated from the Premier League after finishing in 19th place, five points from safety as they ended the campaign with five defeats in their last six games.

Neil is likely to remain and oversee an attempt to get back into the top flight at the first attempt, but wants to make significant changes to his squad and seemingly wishes to jettison some of the established names at his disposal.

I think we've got lots of decisions to make.

There's going to be lots of discussions happening over the next few days and then obviously we'll see who's coming with us next season.

There's a number of players been here for a number of years. We've got a team that's getting older so it's just whether we deem we need to freshen it up, how much we need to freshen it up, and if we've got resources available to us.

– Alex Neil


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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