January will be January for Norwich City – after chief executive David McNally admitted inflated prices are par for the new year course.

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With City’s current winless Premier League run extended to six with Saturday’s painful Anfield hammering from Liverpool, supporters have become a little restless over the Canaries’ apparently lack of activity.

Those surroundings have altered somewhat since the end of last week, with a reported £5m bid for Celtic striker Gary Hooper rejected and reportedly the same bid on the table for Swansea marksman Danny Graham.

And released Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp seems destined to be January signing number one, having undergone a medical at City on Monday.

But McNally admitted the fact of the matter is January recruitment remains an expensive business.

“There is still lots and lots of time left,” said McNally. “Are there prices being quoted that we find a surprise? Yes, probably.

“There was an enquiry we made for an international player and the transfer fee we were quoted probably would buy the average Premier League squad.

“So it’s tricky. The best time to do your trading is between May and September when you can properly work on squad reconstruction. January is always hard and prices are certainly inflated.”

Which “international” player is not known, but Hooper certainly fits the profile of McNally’s comment – while Celtic have already acknowledged City’s £5m bid fell well short of their own valuation of the player; one expected to comfortably top £10m.

By this time last year, City already had one of the January targets wrapped up and delivered at Colney. And although that has not been the case this time around, the inner workings are no different according to the Canaries chief executive.

“It has been the same actually as previous windows,” he said. “I think back to last January, we signed Jonny Howson and Ryan Bennett, and Ryan was the last deal done of the whole of the UK transfer window. I think we got him with seconds to spare. And Jonny we signed in the first half of the month and there were different circumstances associated with each deal.

“We’ve had been working on the January window since September 1. Clearly there have been no new arrivals here but we have not lost anyone either.

“The plan always is to strengthen the squad in each window and you do that by ensuring you don’t lose players to make the team stronger, but equally you try to add in positions that the manager has pinpointed we need to strengthen, and we are looking to do that.”

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  • “We’ve had been working on the January window since September 1. Clearly there have been no new arrivals here but we have not lost anyone either." Errr....Simon Lappin???

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    Canary Boy

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Exactly right malaga flier(except you won't be doing much uk flying at present) It was clear we were light up front preseason .Vaughan sent out on loan ,Morrison not up to it and Jacko not a target man,Kane an unproved kid (injured early anyway)what would have happened if Holt had got a long term injury early on.We would have been in the deep smelly stuff already.Ok the defense needed attention but if you don't score you only get one point at most.Blindingly obvious.Hoots had the Sky money early on so why wasn,'t it sorted then? Now ,if we manage to get a quality striker we pay an inflated price for him.Is this how to run a business? Ok,in fairness Hoots had no time to assess the strength of the squad but he must have seen we needed more weight up front (and I don't mean John Hartson-bless him)

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    irongloves

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • I am baffled as to why it has taken the club so long to realise we lack a goalscorer? The writing was on the wall as early as the first two major friendlies. I also wonder how good is our scouting system? Does it extend beyond Celtic Park? Michu proves there are good players out there at sensible prices. Yes, prices are inflated in January. But that is predictable and always has been thus. So why does the club appear so surprised about it? The quality of the squad should have been thoroughly assessed pre-season. Beyond all this, it still appears to me that somehow the strengths on which the current success was built - commitment, work ethic, togetherness etc - has disappeared. The Prem League is never going to be a stroll in the park, especially for teams of limited means and talent.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Campbell a good buy indeed, Robert - a snip. Let`s hope Lapps joins Malky next & we see the King of Spain back in the Premiership next season! We may even see Harry Kane come off the bench THIS season??

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Exactly right malaga flier(except you won't be doing much uk flying at present) It was clear we were light up front preseason .Vaughan sent out on loan ,Morrison not up to it and Jacko not a target man,Kane an unproved kid (injured early anyway)what would have happened if Holt had got a long term injury early on.We would have been in the deep smelly stuff already.Ok the defense needed attention but if you don't score you only get one point at most.Blindingly obvious.Hoots had the Sky money early on so why wasn,'t it sorted then? Now ,if we manage to get a quality striker we pay an inflated price for him.Is this how to run a business? Ok,in fairness Hoots had no time to assess the strength of the squad but he must have seen we needed more weight up front (and I don't mean John Hartson-bless him)

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    irongloves

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Exactly right malaga flier(except you won't be doing much uk flying at present) It was clear we were light up front preseason .Vaughan sent out on loan ,Morrison not up to it and Jacko not a target man,Kane an unproved kid (injured early anyway)what would have happened if Holt had got a long term injury early on.We would have been in the deep smelly stuff already.Ok the defense needed attention but if you don't score you only get one point at most.Blindingly obvious.Hoots had the Sky money early on so why wasn,'t it sorted then? Now ,if we manage to get a quality striker we pay an inflated price for him.Is this how to run a business? Ok,in fairness Hoots had no time to assess the strength of the squad but he must have seen we needed more weight up front (and I don't mean John Hartson-bless him)

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    irongloves

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • But this is nothing new, is it? It's always more expensive in January. It makes me wonder, why (when every single Norwich fan could have told you we were short up front already) did we only get Harry Kane in at the end of the last window? No offence to him, but he was never going to be a striker who'll get us 10 goals. If we have to pay over the odds, it's because we ignored the obvious signs in August. Let's not make the same mistake again, eh?

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    glowingmoth

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • It amaze me with the comments from the city chief and board . What do they expect Norwich in the premiership . Of cores its not going to be cheap if they don't want to part with large sums of money then stay in the championship and buy cheap players.

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    DOBBY1970

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Looks like City need to raise the funds for that new striker so desperately needed to retain their Premier League status. Could McNally & Hughton be planning the sale of star asset John Ruddy? Camp in Ruddy out = transfer funds for a striker? Holt possibly looking like a spent force, ship him out with the bath water. There hasn't been enough 'kissing of the wrist' from him this season to warrant his pay rise, thats for certain. Make some room for a £10M Hooper bid?

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    Warkys_Tash

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Caption for photo: Look there goes our premier league status!

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    JMH

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • But this is nothing new, is it? It's always more expensive in January. It makes me wonder, why (when every single Norwich fan could have told you we were short up front already) did we only get Harry Kane in at the end of the last window? No offence to him, but he was never going to be a striker who'll get us 10 goals. If we have to pay over the odds, it's because we ignored the obvious signs in August. Let's not make the same mistake again, eh?

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    glowingmoth

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • A striker is a must, and another defender would be nice. We should be sorted for keepers and midfielders. Birmingham are open to offers for any of their players - Curtis Davies anyone?

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    chirpy

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • I am baffled as to why it has taken the club so long to realise we lack a goalscorer? The writing was on the wall as early as the first two major friendlies. I also wonder how good is our scouting system? Does it extend beyond Celtic Park? Michu proves there are good players out there at sensible prices. Yes, prices are inflated in January. But that is predictable and always has been thus. So why does the club appear so surprised about it? The quality of the squad should have been thoroughly assessed pre-season. Beyond all this, it still appears to me that somehow the strengths on which the current success was built - commitment, work ethic, togetherness etc - has disappeared. The Prem League is never going to be a stroll in the park, especially for teams of limited means and talent.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Exactly right malaga flier(except you won't be doing much uk flying at present) It was clear we were light up front preseason .Vaughan sent out on loan ,Morrison not up to it and Jacko not a target man,Kane an unproved kid (injured early anyway)what would have happened if Holt had got a long term injury early on.We would have been in the deep smelly stuff already.Ok the defense needed attention but if you don't score you only get one point at most.Blindingly obvious.Hoots had the Sky money early on so why wasn,'t it sorted then? Now ,if we manage to get a quality striker we pay an inflated price for him.Is this how to run a business? Ok,in fairness Hoots had no time to assess the strength of the squad but he must have seen we needed more weight up front (and I don't mean John Hartson-bless him)

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    irongloves

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • What business? Anyway car boot sales are more in line with the budgie boys.

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    Laughalot

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • If I didn`t suspect that `Tasha is a troll, there`d be some merit in that comment. As it is, it`s almost certainly spiteful mischief. Holty has done a great job in the muddled set-up he plays in.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Good player, but hasn't fitted in to our team as well as expected. Yep I'm taking about Snodgrass. Wonder what he would fetch in the transfer market?

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Holt for Hooper ? Whats the point of that ? Holt is a grafter Hooper isnt. We need two strikers up front so Holt can do his stuff. Its seems to me Ch game plans need looking at. Look at who was on the bench against liverpool. And why didnt they get a full 45 mins. ?

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    chimney sweep

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Exactly right malaga flier(except you won't be doing much uk flying at present) It was clear we were light up front preseason .Vaughan sent out on loan ,Morrison not up to it and Jacko not a target man,Kane an unproved kid (injured early anyway)what would have happened if Holt had got a long term injury early on.We would have been in the deep smelly stuff already.Ok the defense needed attention but if you don't score you only get one point at most.Blindingly obvious.Hoots had the Sky money early on so why wasn,'t it sorted then? Now ,if we manage to get a quality striker we pay an inflated price for him.Is this how to run a business? Ok,in fairness Hoots had no time to assess the strength of the squad but he must have seen we needed more weight up front (and I don't mean John Hartson-bless him)

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    irongloves

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • It amaze me with the comments from the city chief and board . What do they expect Norwich in the premiership . Of cores its not going to be cheap if they don't want to part with large sums of money then stay in the championship and buy cheap players.

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    DOBBY1970

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Well said Algarve Canary. Mads' you might site mischief and Trolls but the facts are there for all to see. Holt has only returned a measley 4 PL goals this season since he spat his dummy out demanding to be valued, he talked the talk but now it seems can't Walk(y) the (John)Walk. And the last time any kind of wrist kissing (a weird ritual as it is) was last seen, it was against Swansea some time back in early December.

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    Warkys_Tash

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Are we being prepared for a disappointment by Mr McNally here? Still, it looks like we have a new goalkeeper to look forward to.

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    Kent Anglian

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Looks like we can forget this one, Spurs are now sniffing around Celtic Park

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • I questioned not the content, Tashtroll, just your motives. Do you ever "contribute" to the Green `Un boards? Btw, did you mean "cite"? Did you mean "measly". Spotted that one. Like that other pudding, D**k.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Not been too costly yet - unless you count giving away a contracted player. Bewilderwood`s in Australia trying to secure the return of "Kojak" Theoklitos.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • It is well known that Wenger would have bought Ruddy in this window, had he not been injured. Almost a nailed on certainty come the summer!! Reality check folks...........................................All the teams around us are trying to buy their way out of trouble. QPR now being touted as the ones to do the great escape....I wonder who is favourite currently to replace them in the bottom 3???Buying in the winter break is expensive, and a risk. Not spending and going down in May is the greater risk, especially bearing in mind the increased money in the Premiership next season. We need a striker....and more importantly, the current squad must develop the courage and commitment they currently seem to lack!!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Not expensive for whoever signs Lappin, but I cannot help but feel we are being softened up for a lack of action on the striker front.

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    ScotCan

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • ..or is McNally saying,” Look there's Nigel Adkins over there”

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    Pa Snipps

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Talksport reporting that Holty could be used as bait to lure Hooper to City! Could this be true?

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    CovCanary

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Not expensive so far. Lapps out (for free), Camp in(?) (for free).

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Holt for Hooper ? Whats the point of that ? Holt is a grafter Hooper isnt. We need two strikers up front so Holt can do his stuff. Its seems to me Ch game plans need looking at. Look at who was on the bench against liverpool. And why didnt they get a full 45 mins. ?

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    chimney sweep

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Lets face it, it is a difficult time to do business. No club wants to let their best players go. Look at Swansea, take Michu out and who have they got to come in? Danny Graham, so I can't see them wanting to let him go until the summer - its the same with Hooper at Celtic. That said I did think that Malky made a good signing yesterday. Campbell from Sunderland for £650K - it could be a steal.

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    Robert Rosario

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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