Norwich City boss Chris Hughton believes there is better value to be had in the continental transfer market.

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The Canaries have already felt the benefit of an overseas shopping trip this season with the impressive impact of Norwegian international Alex Tettey following his arrival from Rennes, while Swansea’s Spanish forward Michu has plundered 16-goals and counting since arriving on these shores in a reported £2.2m deal.

Norwich continue to be linked with a string of potential new signings during the current January window, but Hughton insists the club will not pay over the odds in an inflated domestic market.

“You have to put a value on a player. That can ultimately decide on whether you go for him or not, whether you are able to bring a player in or not, whether there is any scope with the valuation,” he said. “Probably more than all of that is knowing where we are as a club. Who we bring in would have to be on the right budget.

“I think generally, you know that if you are bringing in from abroad you are perhaps able to bring in cheaper than a player playing in this league. That is something we know generally. As regards value you can only put a value on what you regard as what a player could give you. Someone like Michu, there is no better value than him at the moment. Whether that will be the same in a year’s time who knows.”

Hughton accepts Premier League rivals Swansea have been rewarded for taking a calculated punt on the Rayo Vallecano striker.

“There will be a lot of clubs who were not aware of him,” he said. “He has been magnificent. It’s not just the number of goals but the quality. No disrespect to Swansea but if he was playing at a Manchester United or a Chelsea that might have been expected so that is a testament to the player but more so his club.

“He has had a wonderful season and his performance levels have been very high. Certainly for what Swansea brought him into do I think he has far surpassed that. He has been excellent. I think he is probably the same as a lot of foreign players who have come here. He might have found himself earlier in the season in a Swansea team not doing particularly well and he might have struggled, so we might not be speaking in those type of terms now. That is possible and you see it happen on numerous occasions.”

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7 comments

  • But we do need a new striker at least lets hope C H gets some one in if he don't I hope we don't get sucked in to a dog fight in the relegatshion scap

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    DOBBY1970

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • If any club in England think you have million to spend they pump up the price on a player may be best to ch to look over sea for new players its not easy to buy players in January as most clubs don't want to sell unless its some one they want to get read of witch that's not the sort player you need unless they are better than you got to buy

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    DOBBY1970

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • I'm not expect any signings until after the Liverpool game. If City pick up 3 points against Newcastle and any thing from Liverpool game there will be no signings. If they dont get anything from those matches, expect a panic buy.

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    tunsteadtiger

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Ref value for money. I bet Leicester City are quite pleased with what they got for £1million:- Chris (6 goals in 3 games) Wood. He`s from as far abroad as you can get - New Zealand. 21 yrs old, 6` 3", NZ International. In the showroom for the Prem in the Summer, or in the Prem with Leicester anyway. Compare that with "sicknote" Vaughan (sadly).

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • A very poor performance against Newcastle must have made CH mind up about the need for new players. Jackson might as well not been on the pitch playing upfront on his own - does not suit him at all. Pilkington poor game can't cross the ball, Snodgrass can't take corners - Tettey can't pass the ball more than few yards...we are a good team but we need some quality additions for the second half of the season or we will really struggle...next couple of games with a performance like this one and we won't get anything out of them!

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    kevin rymell

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • so, can we expect to see one, or more, imports in the next three weeks? definitely better value than the overpriced British market.

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    goldeneadie

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • If any club in England think you have million to spend they pump up the price on a player may be best to ch to look over sea for new players its not easy to buy players in January as most clubs don't want to sell unless its some one they want to get read of witch that's not the sort player you need unless they are better than you got to buy

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    DOBBY1970

    Monday, January 14, 2013

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