Cottagers were keen on Clingan
Top-flight eyes fall on Canaries star
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: February 10, 2009 5:14pm
Clingan: Wanted man
Sammy Clingan claims Fulham tried to wrestle him away from Norwich during the January transfer window.
The midfielder has been in fine form for the Canaries this season, with his versatility making him a vital member of the Carrow Road squad.
He has made no secret of his desire to try his luck in the Premier League, but insists he has never attempted to manufacture a move.
Despite the mounting interest in his services, the Northern Ireland international claims helping Norwich into the top-flight and helping to repay the obvious faith his current employers have in his ability remains his priority.
"I take it as a huge compliment that Norwich want to keep me and I respect the decision to turn Fulham down," Clingan told the Belfast Telegraph.
"It's my dream to play in the Premier League and I really want to achieve that ambition.
"But if Norwich aren't happy to sell then they were quite entitled to say 'no' to Fulham.
"I'm really enjoying myself at Norwich and even though the results haven't being going well this season I firmly believe that our fortunes will turn around next season.
"We aren't going to be able to challenge for the play-offs this season but I don't see why, with the injection of a few new faces in the summer, we can't be challenging in 12 months time.
"I'd love to go up with Norwich - that would be fantastic because I really do feel at home at this club.
"If that's not to be then hopefully it will happen with another club."