At the start of tonights match versus Rotherham, I like many others was wondering why there wasn't another striker on the bench, however mid way through the first half it all became a lot clearer
An article emerged in one of the main daily newspapers alleging Lewis Grabban had gone AWOL from the team hotel pre match having been told he was only on the bench and wasn't starting, the same day that his old club Bournemouth had a third bid rejected for him.
Alex Neil confirmed after the match that an 'incident' had happened but would not confirm specifics and said it would be dealt with in house, so it does sound like there is some truth in the stories in the papers.
Neil also went on to say that the third bid received for him from Bournemouth was no where near to the clubs valuation, with the bid that is believed to be in the region of £5.2m + £1m of add ons (part of which was contingent on Bournemouth retaining top flight status) being rejected out of hand, although noticably he stopped short this time of saying the player was not available for sale.
Neil said: ‘We’ve flatly rejected three bids from Bournemouth which are nowhere near our valuation. Until there is anything acceptable, he’s a Norwich player'
Now if I was in charge I would have him training with the youth team for the next few months rather than be held to ransom, can the club afford to do it? Yes, although it would obviously be a daft thing to do in the grand scheme of things it would be nice to be able to have principles.