Robert Snodgrass appears to be destined for Norwich
Robert Snodgrass has left Leeds United’s training camp after being given permission to speak to an un-named Barclays Premier League club, believed to be Norwich City.
Canaries manager Chris Hughton revealed on Tueday evening that the npower Championship club had rejected an approach for the Scottish international last week.
But Leeds manager Neil Warnock said yesterday morning that Snodgrass had now been allowed to leave the training base in Cornwall to discuss terms with another club, who he did not name. He told leedsunited.com: “Negotiations have been going on for weeks. I was hoping he would have had a change of heart and I can honestly say that, in all my time in football, I’ve never worked as hard in trying to keep a player.
“He was offered the best contract, the captaincy and we would have built a team around him, so I am very disappointed.
“He’s made it clear what he wants to do and he’s had his head turned. He wants to play in the Premier League.
“He believes his Scotland international career may be better served in the Premier League, but I’m not so sure. The club is in the process of due diligence and there’s not a lot concrete we can say to him. He’s seen and heard a lot of things over the past few years. But I am still disappointed. Very disappointed. Life moves on though.”
Following a friendly win at Celtic on Tuesday night, City manager Hughton said: “We did put a bid in for [Snodgrass] a week or so ago and that is where we are at. He is a player we would like, hence the reason we made the bid, but, of course, he is a Leeds United player and, until we are told otherwise, that will be the case.”
Snodgrass replaced Andy Lonergan as club captain following Warnock’s appointment in February and won both Leeds fans’ player of the year and players’ player of the year awards for the 2011/12 season.
Warnock added on the club’s official website: “He’s always said he wants to play in the Premier League, although I’m not sure it’s a great move because I think another year would have suited him. But he’s in the last year of his contract and players are in charge of the situation at that stage.”
The Scotland international joined Leeds from Livingston in 2008, making 168 league appearances and scoring 41 goals in all competitions.
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