Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has insisted that James Vaughan is not for sale after a superb start to his season-long loan spell at Championship high-flyers Huddersfield.

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Terriers’ counterpart Simon Grayson raised the prospect of a permanent deal for Vaughan after the ex-Evertonian plundered his second goal in five appearances in the impressive midweek 3-1 win at Blackpool.

Hughton insists he sanctioned a season-long move to give Vaughan the chance to re-ignite an injury-hit Norwich career – not to put the 24-year-old in the shop window.

“At this moment in time that is just hypothetical,” said Hughton. “He has played five games for them and I think probably any sort of judgement, by anybody, would have to come after a longer period of time. If he has made that comment, then it means of course that he is happy with him and if he is then he is playing well. Our objective was to send him on loan to get the games he needs and if he does that it allows him to improve as a player. That was our objective.

“At this moment we are not thinking about anything like a sale. We just want to get him through this period of time and then evaluate things again after this loan period has finished. What we hope is that when it does come to a finish people are still talking about him as they are at the minute – but the most important people who have to speak about him is of course ourselves.”

Vaughan’s goalscoring form is in stark contrast to Norwich’s own early season Premier League struggles in front of goal, but Hughton is adamant a loan move lower down the tree was the right call for both parties.

“I can understand people saying that. He is our player and I can understand the thinking, but the reason why he dropped down to Championship level was to get the games,” said Hughton, who also confirmed the Canaries do not have a recall option as part of Vaughan’s loan switch to West Yorkshire. “We hope it is a good season for him and that he plays a lot of games, scores goals and comes through a consistent period and then we have a better player.

“I am absolutely delighted to see him scoring goals. He started one game here last season and he missed a big chunk of the season through injury. So for that reason when we thought about the possibilities of him going out on loan to the Championship it was for that very reason. For him to get games, to go through a longer period of playing games and hopefully come back to us as a better player for it..”

Grayson revealed after his side’s Championship win at the Tangerines on Monday he would consider a potential permanent New Year move for Vaughan.

“Signing James in January is a possibility,” he said. “We’ve got him on loan until the end of the season, so that is an option. I’ve got a chairman who is willing to back me.”

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8 comments

  • The only way the loan of Vaughan makes any sense is to get him ready to play for Norwich in the Championship next season. That sort of planning we do not need.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Which is why guys, people like myself, those who have contributed for a longtime, have stopped posting messages because of the negative and sometimes even nasty comments that are being made and, in some cases, being directed at individual bloggers. It's not worth the aggro or the pain.

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    Canarygirl

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • NCFC98, haven't you noticed the "let's be miserable" competition on these pages. At the moment Vaughan is being represented as the lost saviour. Watch this space, as soon as Vaughan gets his annual season ending injury (next month?) there will be calls for Chris Martin to get regular games as all he needs is (yet) another chance.

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • On the rumour side of things, JV wasn't 100% settled at the club as it was, high wages and probably not immediately in the managers plans = loaning out was probably the better idea. Cody McDonald situation all over again? However with a proper season of football (hopefully!) under his belt, he'll return a better player & more importantly fitter.

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    NorthCity

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Glad to read a City comments page not full of overly negative responses. Norwich scored enough goals with the same forwards last season. Still concerned about the lack of goals or a cutting edge though. Unlike last season, I do not feel other teams will score so heavily against us. Vaughan is unproven in the Premier League as indeed is Jordan Rhodes. Will James Vaughan want to commit to us after his loan ends? As for Rhodes a move a short distance across the Pennines to relegated Blackburn is a good move for him. Not sure Rhodes would want to come down here.

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    Capri

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • And they are the coments we do not want to read. It is though you want to see NCFC relegated to justify your negative viewsthoughts. why don't you just support the decisions and get behind the team

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    NCFC98

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • yeh noticed the "lets be miserable" competition along with the who can be the most gloomiest for the 201213 season. Seems we have quite a few entrants!!!! I get sick of reading all this doom and gloom when we are only 5 games into the current campaign. We are not playing badly and just need that stroke of luck to get us going. We've got quality players and things will come together. So all of you out there get behind the team and stop whinging and moaning

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    NCFC98

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • "So all of you out there get behind the team and stop whinging and moaning." Says it all really. If you want to have a moan about how bad things are, join in on the 'PinkUn' message board!!

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    Mr Ed

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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