December 10 2013 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Friday, August 30, 2013
Chris Hughton insists he is ready to go right to the wire to bolster his Norwich City squad in the final days of the summer transfer window.
The Canaries’ boss predicts a frenetic finale across the Premier League to the annual close season scramble ahead of Monday’s deadline, and the City boss is adamant he will not be caught off guard.
Hughton confirmed earlier this week he had made an enquiry for Australian midfielder James Troisi, but the Norwich chief is adopting a flexible outlook for potential new recruits.
“In any area that we feel we can improve the squad or the team we will keep an open mind,” he said. “Sometimes the way this transfer market is, a name will be thrown at you very late in the proceedings, maybe even a Saturday or a Sunday, and it might be one you want to take a chance on. You have to be very open to the possibility, but it must be one that suits us. We have found out with this window in recent seasons that something can be done on the last day or even in the last minutes.
“Overall I expect a busy time across the entire league. You look at some clubs and they haven’t done much business. For managers it is a very hectic time. You don’t really want to spend valuable time when you are trying to prepare for games being on the phone, taking calls and making enquiries. That is a consequence of the window and we have to work around it. We’ll continue to do so and if we end up doing something it will be on our terms.”
Hughton expects to field enquiries for his fringe men, but the City boss admitted the loan route may be the preferred option to get game-time into players like Jacob Butterfield.
“Jacob would fall into that category. It is important for us to get him games but it has to be right,” he said. “It has been tough for him in that respect but he is very much part of this squad.
“That will continue to be the case unless there was something that was better on a short-term basis where we could guarantee him some games.
“I don’t think there are so many decisions to be made in that area because some have already gone out. We have spoken about the depth of the squad and we’re down on numbers compared to this time last season although we perhaps feel we have a more competitive squad at this moment. Outside of the window we have the loan market and if I am looking at the lads who haven’t figured so much here that will give us a bit of leeway to do something.”
Chris Hughton insists he can ill afford to feel sympathy for rival Premier League bosses operating in the cut-throat world of top flight management.