Chris Hughton revealed on Thursday lunchtime potential targets Javier Garrido and Mark Bunn are just two names on a ‘list’ of possible recruits to bolster the Canaries’ Premier League bid.

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The Norwich City boss confirmed at his pre-match press call ahead of this weekend’s Premier League opener at Fulham that enquiries have been made for the Spanish left-back and the Blackburn back-up keeper. Media sources in Italy claimed earlier this week the Canaries have lined up an initial season-long loan move for Lazio’s former Manchester City defender Garrido prior to a permanent deal. Hughton has also been touted with a £500,000 move for Bunn to provide experienced back-up to England keeper John Ruddy.

“Yes, enquiries have been made but as with so much stuff that gets into the public domain it is enquiries. We have made similar enquiries about numerous players,” said Hughton. “We have been watching a lot of players during the pre-season period. Can anything be read into it? Sometimes it can but a lot of times it can’t. It is an area that I would like to bring in someone and that is not detrimental to the two young keepers we have got here. We will look at the opportunity to get one of them out on loan to get valuable experience.”

Hughton also confirmed Garrido is a player he admires, but stopped short of suggesting a deal was done and dusted.

“We will endeavour to strengthen the squad where we can and if we find individuals who are right for this football club,” he said. “Yes, he is one we are aware of and I think speculation sometimes does get out into the public domain. There has been some contact between the clubs. One thing this club has done very, very well in recent years is to make sure when there is announcement to be made to do it at the right time. Yes, I can confirm there has been some contact between the two clubs and he is a player we do like. When there is something concrete and official to be said we’ll say it.

“There are a few areas (of the squad) I will look at because my responsibility is to try and make us as competitive as possible. Competitive means competition for places and the dreaded injury one, because you know there are going to be periods of a season when you are going to pick up injuries and we have to make sure we have got strong enough cover. That is something we will continue to look at right through until the end of the window but I am happy with what I have now and the squad. I am not unhappy.”

Hughton revealed Wes Hoolahan is due to resume training this afternoon after the Achilles problem that forced him to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland’s midweek friendly trip to Serbia. Midfielder Anthony Pilkington also missed out on a potential international call-up for the Irish as a precaution with a long-standing hamstring complaint aggravated against Borussia Monchengladbach. Steven Whittaker (ankle), Jacob Butterfield (knee), David Fox (knee) and Elliott Ward will all miss the trip to Craven Cottage. Fox played an hour in a development game on Wednesday and could step up his return to fitness in Monday’s opening U21 Premier League game against Blackburn, with City permitted to play three over-age players in the replacement to the Premier Reserve League.

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  • 6 attempts on 2 boards blocked. Have I already said someting I shouldn`t?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 17, 2012

  • Now we`ve landed Garrido, Calderwood no longer needs to be kept amused playing with one of his goalies from yesteryear, specially a crocked one. Calderwood of "let`s play Holt on the wing" fame. Not got a stellar CV, Calderdash. Hope he doesn`t spook the Horse again.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 17, 2012

  • From a business piont of view, it does make sence as both Rudd and Steer are prized assets but left as back up and resurve keepers they will be like Ruddy was under the radar, but get them out on loan playing then they become a Jack Butland, we can then sell on or both for big money. the squad does not need this but it could be great for the bank account

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    MBA Marine

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • Just a thought... I had better changed my logon name!

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    Adams is God

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • Skysports are reporting that Morison is attracting attention from QPR, Middlesborough and Birmingham. With now 2 of our strikers being involved in transfer rumours, maybe we are ourselves looking in that area. The Bunn story could just to be put us off the scent?

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    guest

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • Canaries don't need another goalkeeper, Hughton. Let's hope Garrido pays off, though I don't like overseas' loans.

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    Lastsongster

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • If it is part of a plan to develop Jed & Dec with loans then I can go along with it but like most, I would have a proven striker as a priority. I think that the purchases so far seem really good as well as being cost-effective. Whittaker looks like the business as does Snodgrass, this guy seems good and we will just have to see how Butterfield turns out, no way of knowing yet and Turner looks pretty sound.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, August 17, 2012

  • If it is part of a plan to develop Jed & Dec with loans then I can go along with it but like most, I would have a proven striker as a priority. I think that the purchases so far seem really good as well as being cost-effective. Whittaker looks like the business as does Snodgrass, this guy seems good and we will just have to see how Butterfield turns out, no way of knowing yet and Turner looks pretty sound.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, August 17, 2012

  • To be fair, how do we know Steer and Rudd are good enough at the moment for PL football? We were fortunate that Ruddy did not get injured last year. With his one suspension against West Browm last year, Rudd did ok, but as we saw with an 18-yr old Andy Marshall in 1995, you wouldn't want to rely on an inexperienced keeper at this level for a long period of time. Also, don't forget Hughton know best how to nurture a young up and coming goalkeeper - he loaned out Jack Butland to Cheltenham last year and he hasn't done bad has he? Would Steer and Rudd benefit most in the long run by being on the bench most weeks and playing little senior football, or by playing regular lower league football? Jack Butland's experience over the past 12 months surely backs up Hughton's plans. ihwt.

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    Adams is God

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • Steer andor Rudd were good enough before so why not now? So far I'm singularly unimpressed with CH's purchases - but happy to be proved wrong. OTBC

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    el dingo

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

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