Writer: The Tuckster
Date:Monday June 23 2014
Norwich City manager, Neil Adams is ready to move in the transfer market should any of his squad suddenly leave.
It's a fact of life that players will come and go and Adams is suggesting he has a list of targets should that be the case.
"If players leave, we`ve got to be ready to fill their positions," said Adams. "I don`t want players leaving, but of course I`m realistic to accept that might be the case.
"I spoke to all the players at the end of last season - obviously not as full-time manager then, just to see whether they wanted to leave or be part of getting us back. And virtually to a man, they were committed and there was a hunger there. Players who wanted to go and put it right.
"But of course, you don`t know what`s around the corner. The good thing for us is we don`t have to sell anyone.
"But you`ve got to be realistic as well. If an offer comes in from a certain club, a player may then have his head turned and we will have to deal with that as and when."
Rumours in the national media over the weekend were that City are looking to sell Robert Snodgrass and John Ruddy to make a bid for Blackburn striker, Jordan Rhodes.
If I'm honest, that seems unlikely to me. Not that we'd bid for Rhodes but that we'd sell Snodgrass and Ruddy to finance it. I'm hearing rumours that City are interested in Rhodes and have tentatively offered £8m for him.
Sky Sports' Simon Thomas suggested a bid was going to be made by City for the prolific front man a couple of weeks ago, prompting denials from Carrow Road. Rhodes is probably worth £8m - £10m but that's assuming someone is willing to pay.
I can't see a Premier League team paying that for him and the Championship isn't usually awash with that sort of cash - only recently relegated teams could contemplate such a bold move. I think that City could afford him if they wanted him, but there lies the big question. Is he needed at Carrow Road?
Much may depend on Ricky van Wolfswinkel and a loan or permanent move for the Dutchman may make City react. That's again assuming that the rumours that we've already bid for Rhodes aren't actually true.
Sorry there's a lot of speculation here but that's what we're dealing with at the moment and remember if you 'assume' something it could make an 'ass' out of 'u' and 'me'.
Quotes courtesy of The Pink 'Un
Date:Monday June 23 2014
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