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Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Chris Hughton has pledged Norwich will not be caught off guard in the closing days of the summer transfer window.
City’s Premier League opener against Everton today may be Hughton’s priority but the Canaries’ boss is still in the market for the right reinforcements ahead of close of business on Monday, September 2.
Johan Elmander was this week added to a lengthy list of potential striking recruits should Hughton look to add to the signings of Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper, but Hughton is now well-versed in dealing with the endless whirl of speculation linking his club with prospective continental targets.
“There’ll be lots of names mentioned and there has been but our stance remains the same. The best way for us to go about our business is to say something when we have something to say,” he said. “What generally happens is maybe over-exuberance from agents of elements of the press and as a club of course we look at a lot of names. It only takes an enquiry about a certain player for that to be taken on further. We have to cope with that. Most of the speculation is not fact, but we have to put up with it.
“We’re still working hard - the same as everybody else. We would like to finish this window with as strong a squad as possible. It is not easy but we were fortunate to do a lot of work early.
“Perhaps towards the end of the window there are invariably some surprises and some players that become available we didn’t think might be and we have to open to that possibility if it arises.”
Hughton admits a settled summer at the helm has helped Norwich’s recruitment drive after his arrival in Norfolk 12 months ago.
“It feels a bit different for me because last summer I came in relatively late. We had to do our work quite late and still formulate plans and make judgements where you can’t be 100% sure,” he said.
“That comes with the territory but overall we had a good season and now a busy summer. You look around the league generally at the amount of managerial changes this time round, but the one thing that doesn’t change is the teams have strengthened.”