December 7 2013 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Chris Hughton has confirmed Atalanta’s Australian international James Troisi is just one of a number of names on his transfer radar with Norwich City poised to step up their quest to provide cover for injured midfielder Elliott Bennett.
Troisi has been linked with both the Canaries and Championship outfit Blackburn ahead of Monday night’s deadline and the 25-year-old is believed to be in England to discuss potential moves after being granted permission by his Italian club.
The attacking wide player began his career at Newcastle when Hughton was on the coaching staff in the north-east prior to spells in Turkey and is reportedly available on a season-long loan deal.
“I think the link is maybe there because of the Newcastle connection,” said the City boss. “What you tend to find is that in the process of doing the work we do behind the scenes to identify players there will always be lots of names that are thrown in and as soon as you ask questions about somebody that can find its way into the public.
“He is just one of numerous names that we have asked about. That is where we are on that one. We have lost Elliott for a good period and it is something we would like to do in that area before the window closes. If we do, fine, if not, then I wouldn’t be too concerned but what we will do is keep going right through until the window closes.”
Johan Elmander’s arrival last week took Norwich’s summer recruitment drive to eight players in total and the Swedish international notched a brace on a memorable home debut in the midweek 6-3 Capital One Cup win over Bury.
“I brought him in because of his experience and he showed that on the pitch,” said Hughton. “He will also be very good around the club. I think his game awareness has got better with maturity and he will be a big asset for us. He is still a current international player and he hasn’t had big injuries during his career so he is a fit lad. He is a good professional and a good person and I know he is delighted to come back to the Premier League.”
Hughton admitted City’s big cup win over the Shakers sets them up for Southampton’s Premier League visit.
“There is no doubt we were disappointed with the result (at Hull) and certainly the manner of the goal we conceded,” he said. “The best way to bounce back from that was to get a good result in the next match we played, irrespective of who the opposition was, and we managed to achieve that so the next challenge is to take that one again this weekend.”
Chris Hughton admitted Norwich’s soft centre again contributed to their downfall as Luis Suarez inspired Liverpool to a 5-1 Premier League win on Wednesday night at Anfield.