Alex Neil confirmed that he is still hopeful that Norwich will sign Everton striker Steven Naismith before the end of the transfer window but he stopped short of saying any deal was done.

The Scotsman’s Norwich side lost 3-0 to Bournemouth and was visibly frustrated when talking about his side’s performance.

The Canaries have been linked with Naismith since the end of the summer transfer window and had a bid of £8m turned down on deadline day.

Since the January window re-opened, speculation about Naismith’s future reignited again and when asked whether the transfer had been completed, Neil said:

Regarding Steven, at the moment I can say nothing is for definite. There has been a lot of talk about this deal and until things are complete and it’s over the line there isn’t much to say. It’s been nearly there for the best part of two weeks now so we’ll wait and see.

Norwich have also been linked with a move for Wolfsburg defender, Timm Klose, and it is rumored that the clubs are close to reaching an agreement for the 27-year-old defender.

Neil confirmed he was interested in the player but refused to say anymore:

There is interest but I can’t say any more at this stage.

Norwich welcome Liverpool to Carrow Road next Saturday with the aim of bouncing back from back-to-back Premier League defeats.

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