Daniel Farke aims brilliant jibe at Man Utd over striker hunt after Pukki links

Date published: Friday 31st January 2020 7:16

Norwich City boss Daniel Farke has joked that his side have rejected a £100m bid from Manchester United to bring Teemu Pukki to Old Trafford.

The back injury suffered to United forward Marcus Rashford has left the Red Devils with only two senior recognised strikers, in Anthony Martial and 18-year-old Mason Greenwood.

As such, reports throughout January have revealed how United have been stepping up their chase to bring an attacker in before the transfer window shuts at 11pm on Friday.

Several avenues have reportedly been explored by United, with claims suggesting on Friday that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have turned to Pukki as a potential solution.

Speaking in a press conference, however, Farke insisted that the Finland international will be going nowhere any time soon and even joked at United’s chase for a late addition.

“Yes, we have rejected the £100m offer for Teemu,” the manager said. “We know our situation as a club. We’re not in the position to buy many players.

“But we have a much better situation in terms of we don’t have to sell any player. One thing is for sure, the players that are important for us we won’t sell.

“That’s a big improvement in comparison to all the other last transfer windows because we had to sell some of our best players in order to keep this club going.

 

 

“All jokes aside, we won’t sell any of our key players right now. Perhaps it is a different situation in the summer.

“We need all the players in order to work on our little miracle and we can’t go further on without Teemu Pukki. No chance.”

Despite Norwich sitting six points adrift of Premier League safety at the bottom of the table, Pukki has been influential in helping his side earn 17 points.

The 29-year-old has scored 11 goals in 24 appearances, including two in his last two outings against Bournemouth and Tottenham, respectively.

Elsewhere in the press conference, Farke insisted that his side are focusing on the short-term with the prospect of relegation looming.

Farke said: “My focus is totally on short-term success.

“We are working on a few things in the background for the summer as we have to be prepared for some different scenarios.”

Norwich announced their fifth signing of the window on Friday, with Sam McCallum joining from Coventry City for an undisclosed fee.

 

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