DERBY DAY: Norwich City set to be without Leroy Fer and Martin Olsson at Portman Road
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Norwich will be weakened on two fronts for this weekend’s derby game with Ipswich, with the departure of star midfielder Leroy Fer and a ban for key defender Martin Olsson.
Fer is poised to complete a club-record move to Premier League QPR in a deal that could net the Canaries £10m.
It is understood the proposed transfer will top Robert Snodgrass’ move to Hull City earlier this summer, with QPR set to pay £8m for the Dutch international and the balance linked to the terms of the 24-year-old’s original move 12 months ago from FC Twente.
City are also believed to have negotiated a 20% sell-on clause for any future transfer of the powerful midfielder.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp confirmed the Fer signing was imminent when he spoke to Sky Sports this morning during an open training session at Loftus Road.
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The Dutch international had been included in Norwich’s squad for tonight’s Championship home game against Blackburn after making a second half cameo in the 3-0 weekend win over Watford although Fer made a point of saluting all four corners of the stadium at the final whistle prior to his exit from the field.
City boss Neil Adams had made it clear he wanted to keep Fer despite fevered speculation linking his highly-rated Dutchman with a close season departure, but accepted Norwich may be forced to do business at the right price.
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“I’ve said all along my position would not change,” he said. “Who in their right mind would open the door to let Leroy Fer go out? We have to accept that business is business and if, and when, the right offer came along we would have to consider that.
“He’s a top quality player.”
Meanwhile, defender Olsson will serve the second of a three-match ban fter he admitted a charge of improper conduct.
The 26-year-old Sweden international appeared to push referee Simon Hooper when he was sent off during the 1-0 defeat by Wolves at Molineux on August 10.
The three-match ban is in addition to the one already served for the red card itself, which was the result of two bookings.