Sunday, January 20, 2013
Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has confirmed they have made bids for Celtic striker Gary Hooper and Swansea’s Danny Graham - but that their success is in the hands of the “powers that be”.
Speaking after the Canaries’ 5-0 Premier League defeat at Liverpool, Hughton was asked if he would continue his pursuit of Hooper after Celtic manager Neil Lennon said the offer had been rejected.
“Most are aware that we have put in a couple of offers for players,” said Hughton. “That will be down to the powers that be to see whether that has any more mileage in it.
“As a squad, numbers wise, we’re OK but certainly if there’s the opportunity to add quality to what we have, then we will look for that opportunity and have worked very hard to do that.”
Asked if he would push his board to get the men he wanted, he said: “Ultimately those players are not ours, they belong to other clubs and they will have the say on whether that goes any further.
“But we’re trying and we’re pushing and they will have the bigger say in that.”
Asked if Graham was his other target, he confirmed: “Yes, he is.”
Defender Sebastien Bassong missed the defeat at Anfield as Liverpool completed an emphatic double after their 5-2 win at Carrow Road in September.
“He had a calf problem and it was the right decision not play him. He came up here and he was touch and go but the decision was not to play him,” said Hughton.
Of the result, he added: “Today is the only game for quite some time where we have been well beaten. We need to address that.
“Sometimes what will happen is that this type of defeat, this type of performance gets a reaction from the players and we’ll certainly need to do that.”