Monday, January 28, 2013
Norwich City’s humiliating 1-0 defeat against Luton will not force Chris Hughton to alter his January transfer window plans.
The City chief confirmed an interest in Sporting Lisbon’s Ricky van Wolfswinkel at the weekend after watching his side dumped out of the FA Cup by the Hatters.
The highly-rated Dutch striker is reportedly attracting interest from Tottenham and Newcastle ahead of deadline day later this week. Hughton is also tracking Kansas striker Kei Kamara after previous bids for Celtic’s Gary Hooper and Swansea’s Danny Graham went public. The City boss used his Luton programme notes to outline his frustration at the club’s relative lack of activity in the market, but cup humiliation does not stiffen his resolve to bring in much-needed reinforcements.
“Not really. Anything we want to do (in the window) is because that is what we have planned,” he said. “This is a disappointment but that is separate. We do want to strengthen but it has been very frustrating in our efforts to do that. The result here doesn’t make me think even more what I would like to do; it is probably our results of late, more so than Luton. It’s very difficult at the moment, I must admit.
“For us close to it, we’re aware of everything that goes on. People from the outside feel it’s very easy to bring in the players you want, it doesn’t work that way.
“Hence, if you look at the strikers who have come in, you have to look at the circumstances in which they have come in and that’s generally big fees and big salaries. These are things we have to work round, but we’re still hopeful that come Thursday, we’ll certainly have some additions.
“Yes, I have see those reports on him (van Wolfswinkel) and there is an interest from ourselves but how far that interest has gone from us I don’t know. But certainly there is an interest.”
Hughton has the rather more pressing distraction of Tottenham’s Premier League visit on Wednesday. Former Spurs’ defender Sebastien Bassong will return after missing the last two league and cup defeats as a precaution with a calf problem.
Fellow defender Steven Whittaker was an unused substitute against Luton following a lay-off with a hip problem. Hughton confirmed left-back Marc Tierney was not considered for cup duty after suffering a dead leg in training during the build up.
“We trained here (at the stadium) on Wednesday. He picked up a dead leg and we thought he would be fine but that wasn’t the case,” said Hughton. “Yes, Bassong will be fit. Whittaker has been out for a period of time and the question is whether he is ready, but certainly regarding Bassong he will be fit.”