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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Chris Hughton’s bid to bolster Norwich’s Premier League prospects last night saw the Canaries closing in on a potential double transfer swoop.
The City boss made it clear after the Celtic midweek friendly win he was in the market for fresh blood, with Leeds captain Robert Snodgrass and Sunderland defender Michael Turner heavily touted for a Carrow Road switch.
Whites’ boss Neil Warnock yesterday admitted defeat in his attempts to keep Snodgrass in Yorkshire after the Canaries’ original transfer offer was rejected last week.
The Scottish international reportedly travelled to Norfolk after Leeds confirmed they had granted him permission to leave their west country tour to speak to a Premier League club.
Imposing Black Cats’ centre-back Turner has also emerged as a possible defensive recruit after Hughton had previously been strongly linked with a return to former club Birmingham for Curtis Davies. City have yet to officially confirm they are close to signing the pair, but Hughton admitted after watching his side’s Parkhead win he wants more reinforcements to add to Steven Whittaker and Jacob Butterfield.
“I’d still like to bring new players in. What we have got is a good, competitive squad but it is my responsibility to take that on even further,” he said.
“Yes, I would like to add to the squad because we are playing in arguably the toughest league and when you go through the fixture list there isn’t an easy game so to combat that you have to try and equip yourself the best way you can. If I was to bring anybody in it would have to be the right players for this football club and lads who can add competition.”
City’s top brass appear to have identified Snodgrass as a perfect addition, despite Leeds’ initial reluctance to sell their prized asset.
Warnock conceded yesterday the attacking midfielder had made it clear his future now lies away from Elland Road.
“I was hoping he would have had a change of heart and I can honestly say that in all my time in football, I’ve never worked as hard in trying to keep a player,” he said. “He was offered the best contract, the captaincy, and we would have built a team around him so I am very disappointed.
“He’s made it clear what he wants to do and he’s had his head turned. He wants to play in the Premier League. He believes his Scotland international career may be better served in the Premier League, but I’m not so sure. He’s always said he wants to play in the Premier League, although I’m not sure it’s a great move because I think another year would have suited him.
“But he’s in the last year of his contract and players are in the charge of the situation at that stage.”
Meanwhile, speculation in the north-east yesterday claimed Turner was poised to undergo a medical on a proposed Norwich transfer. The 28-year-old is approaching the final year of his current deal at the Stadium of Light.
Turner’s first team chances appear limited despite featuring prominently towards the end of last season following Carlos Cuellar’s arrival and with Martin O’Neill reportedly on the trail of Aston Villa defender James Collins.
The former Charlton trainee burst onto the Premier League scene with Hull where he excelled playing every minute of the Tigers’ successful 2008/09 survival campaign.
Turner was touted for a move to both Liverpool and Manchester City before sealing a £4m Sunderland switch at the start of the following season.
Chris Hughton insists he will spend his summer transfer windfall wisely after Jonny Howson’s multi-million pound goal boost to Norwich’s close season coffers.