Lewis Grabban move to Bournemouth made sense - Norwich boss Alex Neil

Norwich manager Alex Neil has said it "made sense" to sell striker Lewis Grabban back to Bournemouth.

Grabban, 28, rejoined the Cherries in what is reported to be an £8 million deal, which would be a considerable profit on what Norwich paid for him in summer 2014.

Despite an impressive first campaign at Carrow Road when he scored 12 goals to help the Canaries back to the top flight via the playoffs, Grabban featured only eight times this season.

Bournemouth had tried to recruit him during the summer window, and in August Grabban walked out of the Norwich team hotel ahead of the Capital One Cup tie at Rotherham, reportedly frustrated at the move not going through.

Neil believes that given the circumstances, and with the funds earmarked to be reinvested in the squad, the transfer made sense all round.

"We just felt, for us, he was a player who had run his course at Norwich really. He was not involved, he was not in our squads," he said at a news conference ahead of Wednesday's Premier League trip to Stoke.

"Lewis contributed greatly to us getting promoted and started the season for us, then we had a couple of incidents afterwards... and to be honest I don't think we really recovered from that.

"I think it was one of those where Lewis had come to the conclusion that he was best suited to playing elsewhere, and we agreed with that.

"There was too much water under the bridge and it just made sense, because we were not utilising his talents.

"We had a commodity there that wasn't supplying anything for us, so what we had to do was try and get the best value for that, re-invest it and bring someone in who can contribute."

Grabban could line up against his old club when Norwich head to Bournemouth next weekend, with Neil confirming that there was no exclusion clause in the deal.

The East Anglians continue to be linked with Everton's Scotland international Steven Naismith, Crystal Palace forward Dwight Gayle and Brentford defender James Tarkowski.

Neil, though, refused to be drawn on any other potential transfer business, having last week secured the signature of Portuguese full-back Ivo Pinto from Dinamo Zagreb.