Chris Hughton insists the present Norwich City squad hold the key to any potential transfer splurge.

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton keeping his options open for January transfer window

Friday, November 16, 2012
11.00 AM

Chris Hughton is braced for the January transfer scramble, but the Norwich City boss is not planning a major New Year spending spree.

The Canaries’ chief has already been linked with possible raids for Arsenal forward Marouane Chamakh and Maribor striker Robert Beric over the past week, but Hughton insists the present squad hold the key to any potential transfer splurge.

Hughton reiterated yesterday he is not solely focused on recruiting fresh firepower, despite sanctioning a Swindon loan move for Chris Martin following on from James Vaughan season-long switch to Huddersfield earlier in the campaign.

“Not necessarily. The reason we let Chris go out is because with Wes (Hoolahan) we have been playing him at this moment in that number 10 role really, which gives us four forward players with Grant (Holt), Simeon (Jackson) and Steve Morison.

“No, I think where we are is we are not desperate to bring anybody in, but as with everybody else if there are opportunities to strengthen what you have got then you would be interested.

“I can guarantee what will happen in the next few weeks is that the agents will be on the phone and it will be about players who are available and perhaps clubs who want to take your players. That is normal this time of the year and what each window brings to us. I think you have to keep your options open. Sometimes there is a nice surprise, but I have to say I have been delighted with what I have here.”