Norwich City boss wants more signings

Italian international striker Fabio Quagliarella has been linked with Norwich City. Italian international striker Fabio Quagliarella has been linked with Norwich City.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
9:33 AM

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton hopes yet more reinforcements are on the way as his latest recruit was presented to the media.

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Gary Hooper spoke to the press for the first time since his £5m arrival yesterday but talk has already turned to who Norwich will turn to next to strengthen a forward line that had already been supplemented by Ricky van Wolfswinkel earlier this summer.

Hughton admitted to being interested in Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella amid rumours of an 8million euros offer from the Canaries but refused to discuss what stage the negotiations are at.

“I’ve heard and seen those reports in the press,” said the City boss when quizzed about the 30-year-old. “But it’s exactly the same as our work with Gary (Hooper) – from our side we worked in the correct way, very much behind the scenes and until there was something official to say we didn’t say it.

“I think the fact there are some players that are being linked with us in some ways is a good thing because it means we are trying to be pro-active and we are trying to improve. But certainly until there is anything to say we will wait.”

Hughton’s main priority this summer was to invigorate a forward line that looked stale at times last season. Grant Holt, Simeon Jackson and James Vaughan have all moved on and it is clear the City boss would like one more offensive addition before the end of the transfer window.

“We’re still weighing up all the options that we’ve got,” he said. “Offensively it doesn’t necessarily mean it is just those central positions.

“But what you also have to remember is that we have lost players. We’ve lost Simeon Jackson and of course Grant has gone

“We have a responsibility to make this squad as strong and competitive as possible. We are still doing our work and our due diligence. If we do have that opportunity then we will look to take it.”

Whilst Hughton will look to offload those not in his plans for next, he revealed Robert Snodgrass definitely does not fit into that category.

West Ham were linked with a £5m offer over the weekend but Hughton insisted the Scotland international remains an integral part of his tactics for next season.

“I think it’s testament to how well the players have done but we are in a good place at the moment,” he said about the Hammers’ reported bid. “We want to ensure we keep hold of our best players and we are a club at the moment that doesn’t need to sell.

“We are looking to strengthen and not let players go. He (Snodgrass) is definitely a player who is very much in our plans.”

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41 comments

  • Agree about the need for a spare striker, which is why I would have been inclined to keep James Vaughan. But maybe he was keener to be a first teamer in the Championship than merely a squad payer in the Prem.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • C Half even !!

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    marcohendy

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • Another striker is needed but not for loadsa money.perhaps a striker on loan and then we could spend big cash on a centre half as i cant see bass and turner being ever present with their injury records,plus more competion for them.

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • TK, was that the game when Ayala got injured first, to be followed in quick time by Whitbread? Ended up with Cafu & Kyle "Grasshopper" Naughton at CB and Little Benno at RB - and we kept one of our 3 clean sheets of that season vs Bolton (2-0)? I looked Shackell up on Wiki yesterday; he`s only 30 (or was it 29?). I suppose he started quite young. Hi, Crab! :-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

  • Also agree with ac assessment with CB priority. Any injury to Bassong in particular leaves us exposed.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • How old is Jason Shackell now, TK? About 32? Where is he now? He looked the biz at one time. I wonder if Hoots has faith in Ayala. Still very young.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • Morning, Crab. I don`t think I`ve ever been in the Cottage. Unless it was in the far distant past. I more or less left Norwich in 1966 so any drinking I did in those days was mostly under-age! Since I`ve been back, I have used the Coach & Horses and Mustard Pot\FC&Canary plus Rosary Tavern(deceased) and Jubilee. My return to Norfolk 8 years ago has been a catalogue of disaster. Career, bereavement and finding I actually had a better fit with Beds, Cambs & Suffolk(!) - apart from the football! NCFC written thro` like a stick of rock. To TK, I don`t think Shackell would let us down but suspect Hoots will set his sights higher. Bulbous Bruce - hands off Turner!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 1, 2013

  • You are probably right Brew, my memory is not all it once was but at the time, I thought Ayala simply walked off as though he was fully fit but decided he had done enough exercise for the day. When I used to play, a simple pulled muscle would never have got me off the park that is for sure. He is a very good player when fit but could we ever rely on him being available at the right moment. Shackell on the other hand is left footed so would fit in well with either Bennett, Turner or even Martin if Bassong has to miss the odd game. When he returned to us on loan from Wolves he actually looked very good in my hunble opinion.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

  • Hi all! Been enjoying the banter so thought I'd join you. I've followed NCFC since 1959 and this is probably the finest squad they've ever had. Can it be improved? Of course it can and CH seems to be the kind of manager players want to work with. So for my first post lets throw this into the mix. Toby Alderweireld is apparently booked into Dunston Hall this week. Presumably not for the golf!! Only a rumour mind, but I understand he has been impressed with our summer signings and the ambition it shows.

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    Trucker

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • Yes, alan, I had done the same thinking, and agree we may still have a potential vacancy for another CB and a striker, but I think Johnson is preferred to Tettey. With a squad limit of 25, and two players for every position, we have three players spare. One is Nash, others may be Tettey and Butterfield. If so, Ayala, Fox, Surman, Barnett will miss out along with the promising youngsters like Murphy boys.

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    canarydownunder

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • Look Whooton, you fool. Just sign someone with some experience of the Premier League! Signing all these "players" from third rate European leagues and the lower half of the Championship just shows a huge lack of ambition. It's plain that we are just planning for relegation. Clubs a joke! Whooton out! Cheers friends, your handsome pal and leader Gedx (pinkun legend)

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    Ged Steroo

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • Hi all! Been enjoying the banter so thought I'd join you. I've followed NCFC since 1959 and this is probably the finest squad they've ever had. Can it be improved? Of course it can and CH seems to be the kind of manager players want to work with. So for my first post lets throw this into the mix. Toby Alderweireld is apparently booked into Dunston Hall this week. Presumably not for the golf!! Only a rumour mind, but I understand he has been impressed with our summer signings and the ambition it shows.

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    Trucker

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • Oh for crying out loud! 28 sensible posts (well, 26 if you don't count the duplicates!), and now somebody's shifted the stone and let that hairy-palmed idiot out. I suppose next we'll get a tirade from S\O - she's been fairly quiet lately. Welcome Trucker - you sound as though you, at least, have some sense. OTBC

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    The Crab

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

  • As frustrating as it is sometimes, I do like it that City work behind the scenes and do not make any announcements until there is something concrete to say.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • Loads of common sense being said on here right now that is for sure. I wonder however, if we might be better served trying to buy a good quality under 21 year old striker as back up, thereby not needing to shed one of the 25 man squad. A quality centre back however needs experience so mid to late twenties is a better age there. CH seems to be doing business nice and early this year so a slap on the back is deserved.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • i like the comment by marco hendy about Johnson from wolves only if he is free transfer though, because if we need to fight don't really think he has the mental ability to want to do that, but good back up, i still think we can get this CB from Anderlecht called koyuate he is class, and west ham why would snodgrass come to you lol, and agreed we need another striker question is who we know we are lining a few up behind the lines, we like to do are business on the quiet, yellowssss!!!!

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    hooley14

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • Crikey guys we dont want Johnson do we? Hasnt he just been relegated in the last 3 seasons on the trot, the last time to League one? That should say all we need to know about him. He used to be a good player but has had a huge fall in form. So much so that Wolves fans absoluely cant stand him. We are moving forwards as a club and (I hope) will be aiming much higher than Johnson.

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    CanaryWest

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • Agreed Swiss,but honestly do we need many more? Looking at the present squad,we have 4 top players for 2 fullback positions...R.martin,Garrido,Whits,,Olson..... 3 top centre backstory 2 positions...Bass,Turner,Ryan...,So perhaps 1 there....and 8 top midfielders Tetts,Snoddy,Howson,Brads,Pilks,Hoolie,Fer,and Redmond...that's 8 into 4 plus 2 others Butterfield and Bennett who poss could be included (10!) ...and 2 top strikers Hoops,Rvw into 2 positions ,so perhaps 1 extra there... We could easily field to perms teams that would be okay in the prem. So for me 1 CB. 1 ST ..And we done :)

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    alan clark

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • Just a thought, not aimed at anybody in particular:- will the start of the season mean "The Last of the Summer Whine"? ;-))

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 4, 2013

  • I`ll do that, Crab, though I won`t be going to the game :-(. Yes, I`ve done that shared jug thing @ the C&H. My preferred hostelry before it closed was the Rosary, then I moved on to the Jubilee which has a charming landlady & v good staff (as does C&H). Gets very busy & I`m not good in crowds, so I`ve even used the Stracey Hotel which has on offer a keg version of Adnam`s which is even worse than the normal sort. Not seen it anywhere else. Which one of the Three Geriatrics do you resemble? ;-))

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 4, 2013

  • Cleggy, Brew - so I'm told. But only when in company with the other two. And the resemblance is not so much visual as it is in our attitudes, though "Foggy " is quite tall, and "Compo" quite the opposite! Roll on the glorious 17th!

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    The Crab

    Sunday, August 4, 2013

  • alan clarke - spot on. you need 2 capable players for every one position in the prem league, u then have a squad with good competition for places and enough players to field strong teams every single week, taking into account, suspensions, injuries and league & FA cup games.

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    k9bye

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • Ah yes MB, I often stop by the Coach & Horses on he way to The Carra on match days. Three of us usually share a jug of CHB. Remarkable value. And good banter between the fans - especially when there are a few visiting supporters! If you're there on the 17th, look for 3 blokes who look like Cleggy, Foggy and Compo from The Last of the Summer Wine. We're usually outside.

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    The Crab

    Thursday, August 1, 2013

  • Correct me if I am wrong, but the Murphy boys are below the age to be part of the named 25 squad. They are eligible to play if selected.

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    Hurdy Gurdy Man

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • i like the comment by marco hendy about Johnson from wolves only if he is free transfer though, because if we need to fight don't really think he has the mental ability to want to do that, but good back up, i still think we can get this CB from Anderlecht called koyuate he is class, and west ham why would snodgrass come to you lol, and agreed we need another striker question is who we know we are lining a few up behind the lines, we like to do are business on the quiet, yellowssss!!!!

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    hooley14

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • You're right HGM - I keep forgetting that! Butterfield maybe in the same boat as well as the promising Gaffiti lad?

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    canarydownunder

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • Shackell is playing in the Championship right now for Burnley and played most games last season. Could still provide good cover, I suspect. Ayala looked good for a couple of games but seems to be forever injured. I seem to remember him hobbling off during one game two seasons back, when we had already lost the other centre half. Perhaps too much of a risk at this level.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • Ethered. Agree, TrevorKeith.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • Skybet have City as 2\5 favourites to sign Quagliarella and at 6\4 for Toby Alderweireld (also faves) ahead of Liverpool at 11\4. As my dad used to say, "you never see a bookie wearing cycle clips"

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    Canary on the moon

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • Reports suggest Toby Alderweireld is an average centre back at best scoring 5 out of 10 on some sites. Likewise at 1.86m tall he is a little on the short side and is right footed. I think we would do better going for dear old Jason Shackle as he may offer better cover. Ok a bit of a joke there but he was a half decent player in the not too distant past.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • I think Butterfield is over 21, canarydownunder. I thought Barnett had already been told he`s free to go - presumably for a fee (I think he has a year left on his contract). Thought Malky might want him at Cardiff. Risk is Leon ends up in no mans` land or out on loan while his contract expires & we get zilch. He`ll want to be playing. Agree with what TK said reference a young striker\more mature CB acquisition. Hoots seems to be still interested in Quagliarella, who is about 30. Maybe just paper talk? Hoots has done exceeding well this Summer.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • Redmond wouldn't have to be named within the 25 man squad submitted after the transfer window, I doubt Ayala would either depending how his birthday falls. This would potentially free up another squad position.

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    Rosario

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • Bit of a wildcard here.... what about Roger Jonhson at Wolves as a back up chalf and he`s available on a free i believe .. 2 or three seasons ago he was player of the year at cardiff but lost his way at wolves and still only 30, any better than Ayala...i`m not sure. O.T.B.C.

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    marcohendy

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • Thank you el dingo and The Crab. It's interesting to say the least. I enjoy reading all your comments, even Townman who seems to think we've signed Robin Van Persie (rvp). Maybe next year!. My rumour from yesterday hasn't progressed but we'll see what happens. I do think a CB is a necessity especially with Bassong and Turner currently unavailable and I believe Steve Bruce has made a tentative enquiry about Turner. Don't you love pre season.

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    Trucker

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

  • A lot of sense being said here. I did wonder if playing Ayala, Butterfield, Surman and Fox (for example) in the USA was CH's way of assessing whether they were up to the standards he wanted in the squad? Generally I trust CH judgement with very few signings that have not worked. Be interesting to see who leaves in the next month or so! And what format he plays in the games. Guess we will see a lot more squad rotation if he is to keep them all happy(ish) and match fit.

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    andy

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • Hi MB - been a bit quiet recently: very busy with other stuff, but I do keep up with what you lot have been saying, and put the occasional two penn'orth in! I got the impression, from things you've said in the past, that we don't live too far apart - do you ever sup ale in the Cottage on Thunder Lane?

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    The Crab

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

  • I would like to sell E Bennet and look to bring in Junior Hoilett from QPR, plays both wings and striker that 3 positions with cover in one player. with the squad we have that would leave us with cover.

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    MBA Marine

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • Roger Johnson massive LOL

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    Denzil

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • I would rather see the club buy a young striker rather than loan one as in the past we gave Naughton experience in this league only to see the parent club gain from it. We may as well play Morris or the Murphy twins rather than help another club out.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • I like your rumour Trucker - hope it's got more legs in it than the "Toivonen Taxi" one:) Shackell\Johnson = going backwards, something we have not done lately.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

  • And Junior Hoilett is a medium-sized LOL

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    Denzil

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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