Norwich news

Norwich dispute Mackail-Smith claim

June 30, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Norwich chief executive David McNally has denied suggestions that Peterborough striker Craig Mackail-Smith has snubbed the Canaries in favour of a move to Leicester.

Peterborough United
GettyImagesPeterborough United's Craig Mackail-Smith (behind) has been linked with summer switch

Mackail-Smith, 27, looks set to join Leicester following reports that Peterborough have accepted a fee in the region of £3 million.

Norwich were linked with Mackail-Smith earlier this year, and Peterborough director of football Barry Fry recently claimed the newly-promoted Premier League club had renewed their interest.

However, McNally has disputed Fry's comments, writing on his Twitter account on Tuesday: "For the record, CMS (Mackail-Smith) did not turn down Norwich City, despite what Barry Fry might say. Our interest ended in March."

Mackail-Smith, who joined Posh from Dagenham & Redbridge in 2007, is poised for talks with Leicester, although Fry has intimated that the Foxes could face late competition for his signature, with West Ham credited with an interest.

"We have accepted a bid from Leicester," said Fry on Monday. "Their manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is out of the country at the moment, but was due to speak to Craig over the weekend.

"I have had several conversations with West Ham, but we have turned down their bid. I am certain they will be back. Craig is facing a tough decision. He turned down Norwich and he has now turned down QPR.

"Craig met QPR manager Neil Warnock and was impressed with him, but he wanted assurances that Neil would still be manager at the start of the season and didn't get them."