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Clingan and Russell transfer situations ongoing

PUBLISHED: 07:30 18 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:56 06 July 2010

Canaries boss Bryan Gunn has backed midfielders Sammy Clingan and Darel Russell to give their all for Norwich City should transfer interest in the pair collapse.

Canaries boss Bryan Gunn has backed midfielders Sammy Clingan and Darel Russell to give their all for Norwich City should transfer interest in the pair collapse.

Clingan's move to Coventry appears to have stalled, although Leicester City are reportedly waiting in the wings, while Russell has been also been the subject of interest from unnamed Championship clubs.

But Gunn insists that if the players are still under contract to City at the start of the season, he would have no hesitation in using them.

“I know both players' characters,” said Gunn. “I've only known Sammy for a season, but he is a true professional, 100pc professional, “Darel Russell as well - I've known Darel since he was a young lad at the football club and that's one thing he will give you is commitment, as we saw last season when he had to play in a number of different positions.”

Gunn left the pair - who between them made more than 70 league starts last season - out of the three-game tour of Scotland, which ends today, to sort out their futures, but says the reason was to help give them the opportunity to return to the Championship.

“I don't think it's that they don't want to be at Norwich, I think it's the opportunity to play at the higher level might have come along and I think if both players had to play for Norwich City they would be as fully committed as they should be as a professional football player,” he said.

“But certainly there might be a couple of opportunities for them to move into higher leagues and that's an opportunity that the club will look at if we get offered the right price.

“They are under contract to the football club but we felt it was in the best interests of everyone going on the trip that they explore the interest in them and they can make their decisions as well and if they decide it is not the right move for them they are our players and we need to utilise them when we see fit.”

After a quiet week on the transfer front, the forecast is for increased activity next week: as well as the on-going Clingan and Russell situations, Gunn will be waiting for a call from Preston winger Simon Whaley, who has been given the weekend to consider City's terms. The smart money is on Gunn having pulled off a result, with other inquiries still very much on.

“There is still interest in a few, that's probably the safest word, players and I know that (chief executive) David McNally has spoken to some chairmen, I have spoken to some managers and we are hoping that things obviously progress,” he said. “We hope quickly, but sometimes it doesn't happen and you have to be patient and that is something I am learning to live with now, but the fact is that we are being patient and doing a good job and hopefully there will be more signings to impress the fans.”

Gunn has put no deadline on his activities.

“It might take it up to the end of August before you finally get the deal clinched,” he said. “The way things are progressing at the moment we are happy with it and we are keeping our fingers crossed on a couple of options.”

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