David McNally scotches Norwich City Mackail-Smith claim

Craig Mackail-Smith
Mackail-Smith has outlined his intention to leave London Road this summer

Norwich City chief executive David McNally insists Peterborough United striker Craig Mackail-Smith did not turn down the club this summer.

Posh director of football Barry Fry claimed the player had rejected offers to move to Carrow Road and QPR.

But McNally used social networking site Twitterexternal-link to respond, saying: "For the record, CMS did not turn down NCFC.

"Despite what Barry Fry might say. Our interest ended in March."

Posh rejected an approach from Norwich for the 27-year-old in March, which would have seen Mackail-Smith join the Canaries on loan with a view to a permanent switch.

The Norfolk side went on to win promotion to the Premier League and have subsequently bolstered their attacking options with the signings of Everton's James Vaughan and Millwall's Steve Morison.

The future of Mackail-Smith, who scored 35 goals last season, has become one of the summer's most protracted transfer stories.

Earlier this month Posh announced that for the former Dagenham man, but no move has been forthcoming.

The only club confirmed to be in the running for the Scotland international's signature are Peterborough's Championship rivals Leicester, who had a bid accepted on Tuesday.

But Mackail-Smith has indicated he would prefer a switch to a top flight side.

He told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire in May: "I want to play at the highest level I can attain and I want to play in the Premier League.

"Though obviously it all depends on what kind of club comes in for me."

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