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Paddy Davitt, EDP Sports Writer
Thursday, August 16, 2012
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.
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.
The Canaries are reportedly closing in on the signing of Blackburn’s Swedish international Martin Olsson.