Norwich City go into overdrive with three signings and two exits on deadline day

Norwich City signed Southampton's Jos Hooiveld during a busy transfer deadline day. Photo: Daniel Hambury/PA Norwich City signed Southampton's Jos Hooiveld during a busy transfer deadline day. Photo: Daniel Hambury/PA

Monday, September 1, 2014
11:42 PM

Norwich City completed a hectic transfer evening with a double defensive signing to bolster their Championship promotion push and a swoop for another young future prospect.

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Arsenal defender Ignasi Miquel completed a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee, with the option of an additional year, and experienced Southampton centre back Jos Hooiveld joined on a season-long loan.

Swindon Town’s highly-rated midfielder Louis Thompson also moved to Carrow Road on a three-year deal, with the option of another year, for an undisclosed fee but the 19-year-old will return to the Country Ground for the rest of the current season.

Andrew Surman went in the opposite direction to Bournemouth in a deal that is believed to be worth £1m to the Canaries, while Luciano Becchio moved to Championship rivals Rotherham on loan until January 1, but the likes of Nathan Redmond and Gary Hooper remained at Carrow Road after fevered transfer speculation.

Former Gunner Miquel revealed he aims to repay the Canaries’ faith after moving from FA Cup winners Arsenal.

“It’s brilliant for me to come here and I want to try and get in the team as soon as I can to help Norwich get back to the Premier League,” he said. “I had to move on from Arsenal and Norwich have given me the chance to prove myself. The Championship is a tough league, but I know what it’s about and I enjoyed it last season. I’m really looking forward to getting started.”

Miquel spent time on loan at Championship winners Leicester City last season and Adams, speaking to the club’s official site, believes that experience will be invaluable after prioritising defensive reinforcements following Ryan Bennett’s ankle surgery.

“He’s a defender who we know can play having come through the Arsenal system, and he had important experience with Leicester last year in the Championship, He’s certainly one who can come in and give us strength on the left side of our defence.”

Hooiveld, meanwhile, sought the advice of ex-Celtic team mate Hooper before opting to leave the Saints.

“I am very excited about this move,” he told the club’s official site. “I have played at Norwich and I was very impressed with the surroundings and the atmosphere. Everybody I have asked about Norwich says only good things. I know Gary Hooper from our time at Celtic together and he was very positive about everything at the club when I phoned him to talk about coming here.”

Thompson believes he could return to a club back in the Premier League when his Swindon stint finally ends next May.

“I’m extremely proud. To come to a club of Norwich City’s stature is a fantastic achievement for me. I’m really looking forward to the challenge of coming here after my loan finishes at Swindon,” he said. “It’s a massive club with a huge fan base, there’s not a single negative thing to say about them. Hopefully they can do well this year and challenge for a Premier League place.”

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  • ... to conclude (honestly), I wonder if `The Puppet Man` will become the `new Billy Bluelight`? Like BBL, he haunts Yarmouth & Norwich. Like BBL, he hangs around Gentleman`s Walk. Unlike BBL, he has had access to the Welfare State. I`d like to see what`s inside his skull, operating the levers. A legend in the making. One of his puppets is named for Gary Glitter. All the puppets look like something ejected\rejected from a clothes recycling bin.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • ..my dear old dad used to tell me all about this weird character on the market. I sometime think he was my dear old dad`s role model. BBL was a Victorian, my dad an Edwardian. The tales of Billy Bluelight were D!ckensian. (nearly forgot, you may not say `D1ckensian` overtly).

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Yes indeed, BoF. Billy Bluelight was what now called "a loveable rogue". Somewhere recently, I`ve seen that there has been a book written about him. Woodforde`s Brewery once owned the Freemasons` Arms in Hall Road and renamed it "The Billy Bluelight". He live to the ripe old age of 87-90, depending on which birth date you chose to believe and didn`t peg out until 1949. He was basically a product of the pre-Welfare State days, when some folk had to `duck & dive` to earn a crust. I suppose, at least, he saw one year of the NHS before he popped his plimsolls.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Igno, I prefer your moderately lengthy and tastefully impertinent postings to M333`s published protracted internal dialogues! Surely you can spare a few minutes for your loyal fans on these boards?! A good old brewing pal of mine, now a resident of Chepstow, is a great Gloucester fan, so I keep tabs on them. Poorish season last time, and he lacks faith in the Club`s ambition to do more than just survive in the English Prem. Usually, there`s a `sacrificial lamb` team that books the relegation spot well in advance. Last season, that was Worcester, wasn`t it? Though I seem to remember they made a late surge and even beat Gloucester? Whose turn this year? Newcastle? Gloucester...? On the Egg, Gloucester! Just ration yourself to whatever you can manage, Iggers ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • So au revoir then Igno Rance , off to watch men thrusting their heads between each others thighs in sweaty scrums . Chaque un a son Gout . As regards the Bluelight thing , my dear departed mother-in-Law could never understand his deification into some sort of local talismanic figure , she said he used to hang about the Market Place on Gentlemans walk mostly doing odd jobs , with a most unpleasant dewdrop on the end of his nose in inclement weather , and as for racing boats to Yarmouth and back on foot , everybody who knew him knew he simply got on the train . Which as there was no continuous riverside footpath back then ( as there is now ) seems credible .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • In my 68 years of support I cannot recall a stronger squad.Even with a spate of injuries we can still field a side capable of beating anyone in this League.In fact I am so impressed I forecast that we will win it.It will,however,be a test of NA's tactical nouse to put out the right team to meet each opponent.and I don't expect him to start with the same I I each week.With 4 4 2 though I expect Hooper to be Ist choice with Grabben up front.Hooiveld is quality,so much so that it bothers me why the Saints have loaned him to us.Forget about Bassong.Let him stay out to grass with the Groundsman.Full of praise this time for NA and the Board for showing plenty of ambition.OTBC

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    irongloves

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Scusi ortografia - toro azzurro

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    Tunbridge Wells Canary

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • More like the Phantom of the Opera playing for Chelsea, Cutty, masquerading as Torres. But which opera? As he's a Torro Azuro, perhaps it's Carmen. Now, back to the tobacco factory for me...

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    Tunbridge Wells Canary

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Well there we are, all over for another four months. The comings have come and the goings have gone. Mr. Brewer is back on top form as too is Bring on Foggo, even Cutty seems to be mellow yellow ( sorry about the Donovan reference) bot Cutty I won't fail you, give me one more chance, the time is near. Even my Spanish relatives seem to have found favour with the faithful. Hopefully, the international break will give the Adams family time to assess their various possible combinations and to put the fear of JC up the rest of the division. This weekend sees the return of my first love.....the rugby union season, so, this is probably the last you will be burdened with from me for a while ( unless of course, Gloucester have a disasterous season). So, thank some of you for an enjoyable time and all good wishes for the season. It only remains for me to remind you that "almost everything in life (ie the premiership) is more difficult to get into than to get out of. Hopefully, M333 will return and take over the mantle of lengthy and pertinent posting.

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    Igno Rance

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • A similarly respectful comment to bluelight was blocked by Archie. It is clear that conflict is encouraged, while conversation is stifled. Mischievous. My original attempt to nullify the misapprehension was similarly blocked. Evil.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • bluelight is, likewise, a gent. No doubt. Warms the cockles of your heart. Whatever that means ;-) I really love old-fashioned courtesy. I wish it would come back into more general use.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Good man, JOROBIT, you are a true Gentleman. I`m planning to get the buses to Bramerton tomorrow, just to photo Billy Bluelight`s statue. Amazing local character. Sold blue-tipped matches, allegedly had a blue nose in cold weather (Brum fans anywhere?) and `Blue Light` was a Victorian euphemism for a teetotaller or temperance zealot. Allegedly, BBL was in one of those categories.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • apology accepted jorobit.

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Cos Borg Bots dont have any concept of what they mean .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • And Foggo how did you get Spasm and climax past Archie?

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    cutty

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • What I want to know is why is Hooiveld manhandling Zorro, or is it the Lone Ranger?

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    cutty

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • A satisfactory final spasm and climax to the tansfer window then , although getting another £9 million for Redmond would have been the Glace' cherry on the knickerbocker glory ( a metaphor Archant have yet to use ) A nice surprise in signing "that there 'Oieeveld " from the Saints , which gives us a triple-backs-score what with Cuellar and Miquel in the bag , which should shore up a defense which has seemed a tad soggy on occasions . Glad Becchio has got a place to play , let us hope he performs there as he couldn't seem to down here . Very Odd arrangement with Swindon's Thompson , buy him from a club , but leave him there for nigh on a year as a loaner ? ? ? - Maybe Adams has him pencilled in for his " young guns " group for later .If so it is very nice to now have a club which is looking a lot further than the short term . All positive stuff . And my Spies whispered to me that Sammy Urquart was spotted de-clarting the big slitting roller at Colney this morning and pointing out the technical details to a watching Seb Bassong , so maybe he is to be usefully occupied for the winter months . Vital to raise the three-point lift before commencing turns at the end of runs , otherwise you'll gash the turf and bend the knives , Sammy sayeth .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • The board will be pleased ,more money for the counting house. Bassong still with the club, not good. There must be a way of getting rid of this freeloader. Any ideas?

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    stormy

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • I don't understand the talk on here about getting rid of Bunn, any good squad will have three keepers and we have that so why sell a keeper and risk being down to one if injury strikes. Keepers are used to being bench warmers as they know only one can be picked. Anyway a good window for us, we have spare money left for the January window if we need a boost, although looking at the squad I doubt we'll be caught short anywhere. I'm also pleased to see people now seeing NA in a more positive light, I was all for him from the start and just pleased the negative view on here has changed. onwards and UPWARDS. OTBC

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    parkeg1

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • I do apologise bluelight, I think I confused you with the tractorboy and his mate with 1961 in his name. It must have been awful and such a shock this morning to see your name associated with such beings. Once again I do offer my apologies.

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    JOROBIT

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • I think the business we DIDN'T do was equally significant.

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • thanks for your support brew old buddy.cant understand where jorobit got the idea i was a dipswich fan.heaven forbid.but i am aloud to air my views jorobit,whether you agree with them or not.otbc

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • thanks for your support brew old buddy.cant understand where jorobit got the idea i was a dipswich fan.heaven forbid.but i am aloud to air my views jorobit,whether you agree with them or not.otbc

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • In the picture above who won the ball? Good business done this season without spending too much money which will be needed if the City make the Prem. next season so City can be an ever present there.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Bewilderwood at Carlisle?? The cradle of SuperHolt! This is an assault on decency. Doesn`t Holt now live in the Carlisle area? Is Bewilderwood stalking Holty? I wonder if Colin will be invited round for dinner. I wonder how Mrs. Holty will cook him... On a serious note, perhaps Wigan will release Grant, he can get the Carlisle job, and offer Bewilderwood the consolation prize of First Team Coach-driver. Or tea lady.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Ha, ha! Just seen that Colin Calderwood is one of the favourites to take on the Carlisle job. Next stop the Northern league then! Always wondered if Grant Holt would become their manager, he is playing with the development squad these days at Wigan (so I hear).

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    TiminCarlisle

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • The Thompson deal is an intriguing one, are we simply looking to the future (next season) with the hope of premiership football, did we decide to buy now as an investment in the hope that his value rockets over the coming months or was it to avoid having to pay too much tax on profits this year. Seems like somebody at the club, possibly McNally has given this some deep thought to the benefit of the club, so a win - win situation. Such a shame we now have an international break as I cannot wait to see who gets in and who drops out of the starting line up, exciting times ahead, OTBC.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Exciting times ahead I think! Our transfer activity shows we have a decent structure in place to do business and that the board have backed Adams. Just what was needed this season! I'm assuming that we will see a bit more squad rotation as Adams will have the personnel to tinker with formations etc and keep the opposition guessing. OTBC!

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • That's the spirit Brew, s'd em all.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • No one seems to have mentioned keeping hold of Alex Tettey is a coup. For me, he is just as important as Ruddy, Redmond etc. I know we have got Ofoe but we cant judge him on what we've seen on youtube, look at RVW!

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    WsM Canary

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Lucioperca, I was also underwhelmed. I suppose it could be attributed to enduring two years of dramatic decline and crazy decisions. The Wolves game was enough to set off a few alarm bells. I`m not eating any numble pies though; too offal to contemplate. As for this modern obsession with being offended and expecting apologies - sorry but it`s bollox. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Good stuff.Adams has his ingredients.All he needs to do now is bake his cake.OTBC.(see Delia for recipe).

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Well that was a nice bit of business.Kept the ones the fans wanted,strengthened where we needed it and put a little in the (team)bank for later.NA is certainly showing that he is far more astute than a lot of fans gave him credit for.Apart from the Belgium player the other defencive players were all bench warmers at their previous clubs,how did NA persuade them to come to NCFC with the possibility to be benchwarmers here. I think we are set up well for the season now but his man managment skills will be tested to their limit when he has his full squad available. I can see the possibility of one or two very disgruntled players.Good or a bad thing? I'm not sure

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    Trevor Sadd

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Good defensive signings indeed. Just need a good rummage around the changing rooms to find Redmond's shooting boots!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Good all round business, well-balanced all round. Now we need to keep the cup run going to keep everyone involved, it is a long season and injuries to date prove we have to have a big squad. Whatever the Bassong situation need to get him fit and out on loan, best for him best for club.OTBC.

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    johnnyp

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • As someone who was completely underwhelmed by Neil Adams' appointment I have to say I am rapidly back-pedalling. We have started well, the style of play has improved on last season and Adams has dealt shrewdly in the market, addressing our key concern : ie no defensive backbone. Also fending off interest from Palace, Stoke and Southampton for Redmond and Hooper sends out a big message. We are strong, we have a big squad to cope with 2 games a week and I genuinely think we will be in the mix come May.

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    Lucioperca

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Perhaps I missed some comments ,I don't understand why NCFC bought a Player on a 3 year deal and then sent him back to his old club on loan (L Thompson) a lot can happen in a year ,both to players, club and who else is available . Very strange, other signings very good,LB on loan excellent for him gives him chance to get his game back on par

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    iMac

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Gotta be some humble pie and chips eaten, and a few apologies now from the knockers and doubters who kept saying that Neil was a cheap, yes man option who wouldn't attract any decent players here and were howling for MnNastys head. If this doesn't prove what I said all along then nothing will. Just hope now that the players do their bit, and we will definitely be there or thereabouts come May

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    oldtimer

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Whatever we thought of McNally last season he has certainly backed NA this season. Looks like we have good cover in all areas. The trick now is to keep everyone happy and mould them into a cohesive team. Not too much pressure NA!

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    andys

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Brewer you are right. 1p5wich have no money, no signings, no prospects and now no comments.

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    CanaryWest

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • I did post a comment for JOROBIT, pointing out that bluelight is a Naaridge fan, no doubt. Also recommended looking up Billy Bluelight on Wiki or similar. Norwich legend. Why was my post deleted? Is there an article on Billy Bluelight coming up soon? There is a life-size statue of him in Wherryman`s Way, Bramerton. Died 1949. In Suffolk, sadly...

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • dave123; the poor 1p5wich trolls have nothing to live for except waiting for us to lose a game. We won`t go through the rest of the season unbeaten, so they`ll reappear whenever we suffer a defeat. Specially should we slip up against a "minnow" in a Cup game. The only real minnow we`ve played so far this season resulted in a 1-0 away win for Neil`s boys.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Where's El Tel this fine morning? We need a few words of doom and gloom to steady things down a bit.OTBC

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    cutty

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Anyone seen Townman or Liz Snott ? I hear Town failed to agree terms with " Doris" the toilet cleaner from Stowmarket!

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    dave123

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Colin - I`d missed that Bunn was injured. You`d think he`d want regular games. Having an experienced `keeper as 3rd string is great insurance (eg Nash last season), but it seems a dismal way to conduct a career, irrespective of the pay-cheque. Bunn has done a lot of bench warming in his career - even more had it not been for Ruddy`s injury. Ruddy, likewise, had done a lot of benching before Lambo landed him. I hope Declan gets some games - good Cup runs would help! We don`t want JR to get injured again, whatever.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Ooops! RichardGarratt said more or less the same thing about coaches. RG, I sometimes felt Hughton was let down by the quality of his colleagues. Then again, they came with him as part of the `package deal`. I suppose at least they posed no threat to his position as boss (Robert did that...). But, they were as much use as a fudge file.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Bunn's injured. You can't sell injured players. He'll no doubt go on loan when he's fit and then move in January.

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    Colin

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • @andy I think - and certainly hope - you're right. Best I've felt in ages.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • With Martin and Whittaker for right back, Miquel, Hooiveld, Cuellar, Turner and Bennett for centre half and Garrido and Olsson for left-back, the door for Bassong isn't even ajar. He's not even 10th choice defender, as we saw Callan-McFadden and Toffolo ahead of him last week. So he's 12th in line.

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    Colin

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • We do have a lot of players now. Luciano`s been loaned out & Swindon borrowed back Louis Thompson. Winkel is loaned out, Robert, Surs & Pilks gone. Surely Bass & Bunn are surplus to requirements? Anyway, a loan window opens soon. As TK says, and has said before, it cries out for a proper Reserve League. Football`s becoming a bit top-heavy, imbalanced. The route for progression has a hiatus in it, hence the modern penchant for loaning players out, and for "feeder" and "franchise" clubs. Good squad building by Adams. I hope he has the resources to meld them into a cohesive unit. Old Three Lungs should be a great help. Blimey; Hughton & Calderwood vs Adams & Gary Holt. What a juxtaposition...

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Excellent signings for Norwich yesterday. Not extravagent but young and promising plus an experienced 'old head' in Jos. I'm most excited by our Belgian midfielder and see him as an upgrade on Fer. The fact he joined a club outside the Premiership augers well for his character and hopefully he will be happy to stay with City next year (particularly in the Premiership). I like the idea of a settled squad and I think it proves my theory that the main problem with the previous set-up was not Hughton but his coaches. OTBC

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    RichardGarratt

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • NCFC have bought a great talent in Louis Thompson, all action and developing an eye for goal. Sometimes his enthusiasm gets the better of him and his tackles can be a bit rash, but what you would expect from somebody just turned 19! Only been a full time pro for a year, he has been a regular starter in a Swindon team that play football in a proper way in this his second season.

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    ronnie

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Looks like we have bought for the future as well as the present. If they all work out well, it probably means that we will not have to be as active in the transfer market in future with the benefits that a more settled (young) squad will bring. Perhaps it also shows that a winning team can attract good players, hence the late rush, unlike last January where anyone with ambition would not want to come here. Keeping them all happy and match fit will be an interesting challenge and perhaps the first time we will see a squad approach to matches. Be very interesting to see where are in the league at Christmas.

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    andy

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • I'm pleased with the recruitment, but now for getting the deployment right. Please don't put Russell Martin at CB because he can't head the ball. And can we play someone at left wing who naturally plays there. Lafferty, I love the guy, but he doesn't play that position. So well done NA but final judgement suspended for now. Now just have to loan out our fringe players to help nick points from our rivals like Chelsea do.

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    Dave Backham

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • It is great to see Neil has dealt with the shortfalls in defence. The biggest problem now though is the fact that we have 34 first team players to keep happy and I cannot help but think a decent reserve league is desperately required to keep them fit. One thing is for sure, during my playing days, I would have been very unhappy not to be playing regularly. We can only hope one or two are let out on loan, especially Bassong who is now surplus to requirements.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • If the government is thinking of sending terrorists to Norfolk, we should get Chris Hughton back and make these people watch N.C,F.C. for a whole season. That will send them packing to the Middle East voluntarily on a permanent basis.

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    NorthStarRaven

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • There are quite a few Bassong theories flying around. I used to believe it was simply an attitude thing - it certainly started that way - but maybe there's more to it. I suppose the journos would say they "can't talk to him because the club won't let us". Which by the strict letter of the law may or may not be true. And sometimes things are best left alone...

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • My only surprise ,after bed at 10pm, was Redmond was still a Canary today, I think he's a great player, but to become a Hall of Famer at Carra Rud he must net a few, that's his only failing at NCFC, otherwise he's awesome.

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    OLDYELLA

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Bassong from what we know is the author of his own demise. Well, he asked the question, now he knows who the boss is. Maybe he can go on loan to Rotherham - I'd like to see him challenge Steve Evans authority.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • One word of caution.... without Grabban's goals we would currently have only 5 points and be 1 place above the unmentionables on GD alone... let's hope a few others can start scoring over the next few weeks to share the load a bit and to make sure that ifwhen he dries up there are other people to pick up the goal scoring mantle.

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    jops

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Not the most exciting signing, but decent injury cover none the less

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    Karl Darkins

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Hope NA has someone in mind for delivering a good corner! As if ever Turner, Bennet, Lafferty, Miquel and Hooiveld ever get in the same team, we must score! Mind you - the team might be a tad defensive!

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    john doe

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Clearly there must be something that we don't know about the Bassong story. Either he has an injury, an aliment or a form fitness issue that is keeping him out of the squad OR there is a personal attitude problem. On senses that if it was the latter he would have been sold or loaned on by now. As neither has happened, I sense it is more likely the former. Lets see what happens - maybe Archant Journos would like to speak to him ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • On the other hand Cap, Neil might say, hang on, Bassong, might learn right from wrong, and then his stay I might prolong.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Good post @Irish. My sentiments exactly. @DJ_F: fair dos. The proof is in the eating and like almost every one of us I am delighted with the way the squad is looking now. Well done to all concerned. OTBC

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Oh and also according to transfermarkt.com we actually made about 1 million euros profit after all of the deals have gone through... very smart work by DM and NA

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    jops

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Now the transfer market has come and gone,we can now concentrate on getting back to the promised land.NA has shown he is NOT a pushover in the the transfer market son on upwards in the league.The only apparent negative thing at Carrow Road seems to be Seb Bassong,he maybe unfit and if he is send him away for a month to a health gym to make or break this once quality defender.Well done City on our new signings.OTBC

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    canarykid

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Fantastic work by DM and NA to strengthen in all areas with a blend of youth and experience... and also some shrewd loans out. Seems the only mistake made last season was to get rid of CH too late after all. In regard to Bassong I suspect there is some information we don't know, sounds like he has some personal problems that are affecting his game and that the club is protecting him a bit.

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    jops

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Cap Can, you hope it doesn't continue for too long and he'll soon be gone and you press on singing a song for ole Bassong

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    cutty

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Phew, thank goodness that's it for a while. I guess they'll be doubling up on the dressing room pegs with all the incomers plus Rudd and the two Murphy boys and others stepping up. Congratulations all round and welcome to the two new boys.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • How do you solve a problem like Bassong?!

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    Cap Canary

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Looks good and if they gel together City will have a formidable outfit in this division. Tell me why does the transfer window close 1st September when squad numbers (with all the attendant discussion on these pages) Team photographs taken, shirts printed and sold numbered and named. Now all out of date. Surely better to have the wheeling and dealing done before the season starts.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Neil Adams is the manager this club needs . Great signings and we are back in the hunt for promotion

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    johnty

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • A pretty good job all round. Gary Hooper was nice about us we need to be nice to him. I see that So'ton finally picked uo Toby Alderweireld that we were after some time ago. I hope that WHEN we get back to the Premier League next year we will ultimately be a more attractive destination for some bigger ticket players. As pointed out elsewhere, it's all gone very quiet in the Troll cave, I hope that they are alright and that their donkey is OK.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • What have you got to say for yourselves now tractorboy and bluelight? Did I miss the flood of players scambling over each other to get into your hovel?

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    JOROBIT

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Send Bassong to a L1 side (if one will have him) and pay half his wages. Just get him out of the way.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Overall a good transfer window for Norwich City. Looks like some good talent inbound and not too much leakage outbound. The only cause for concern is that the disruptive and negative influence of Bassong remains at City. We don't want him and it seems that nobody else wants him either.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • I hope the constant moaning about the boards lack of ambition goes away now. No guarantees the signings will deliver but we look very strong in almost every position. Exciting times to be a Canary. OTBC

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Like others, I'm absolutely delighted when reflecting on the overall result from this window. All outgoings seem to have been replaced, we've bolstered the defence and finally invested in some youth for the future. I'm chuffed that Hooper is still with us..now get out on that pitch and prove your doubters wrong! Good to see Becchio get a loan move..he deserves some game time and it's clearly not going to happen with us. Bassong is the one conundrum.At 28 years old, he should be at his peak and presumably that should be reflected in his transfer value? Maybe he's waiting for CH to find a club..problem is, no one wants him either!

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    Irish canary

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • At last the dice have rolled and NA has the pool of players to drive forward with. I take my hat off to the man as I was one of the doubters as to whether the squad would be strengthened all round especially at the back, so it was good waking up this morning to see we had not lost any key players and had strengthened all round. There must be a degree of time for the new squad to bed in but it does look positive for the season ahead. With attracting the likes of Miquel and Hooiveld it shows that NA has the ability to bring in quality and the mixture of youth and experience must bode well. So looks like humble pie and chips for this evening. OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • That's right Lincs - He is a Korean named Sam Sung. He can arrange finance too!

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    canarydownunder

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • That guy running beside Hooiveld in the pic, is he the Loan Arranger?

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Good to hear Hooper being positive about the club, so let's get him fit and forming a strike partnership with Grabban that will terrorise those Chump defences. Best news is that darned window finally shuts and there will be no more touting until January, although it is mooted the loan window is now open. Please tell me it isn't so.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Of course, there was a lot more to the team's ills over the past seasons than the helmsmanship of CH. Something wrong with the mix of the crew too. More than poor tactics at work when the players seem to repeatedly quit on the match, resulting in laughable scoring highlights for the opposition. Good to see a major shakeup of the roster, bringing in both proven talent and young talent for the future. Give this new mix time to come together, but I doubt we'll have to wait long. I'm very optimistic about the season ahead, given the changes around a solid core.

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    Seattlescion

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Excellent work by McN, NA and Co to bring the new players in, but more importantly to retain our best players, who have appear to have shown loyalty of their own, particularly Hooper who 'did his bit' to sell the club to Hooiveld. The 'nice' problem now will be to work out what the strongest 11 is, and keeping everyone happy. This looks a very strong squad for the Chump, and bodes well for good cup runs too!

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    canarydownunder

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • After a personally bad day,I wasn't really in the frame to turn on sky news or come on this site,as I didn't really need to hear any bad news(which I was expecting), concerning ReddyHoopsRuss or Ruddy..But forgot i had my Mobile stil on and after receiving some positive txts from friends n family concerning a 19 yr hot prospect n poss 2 defenders coming in, i risked it and WOW!!! THANK YOU Mac n Del and the rest of the board for holding onto our gems and backing NA...And making my day a little (nah..a LOT) Better! :)

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    alan clark

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • I agree with many of the comment below. With the exception of Bassong still being at the club, Neil has effectively cleared out the riff raff and brought in some experienced as well as junior talent. We must be favourites to win the champ now surely?!

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    James Dunthorne

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • For the first transfer window for two years I do not feel disappointed. On the contrary I think the club has done brilliantly not only in the outgoing and incoming players but also those they held onto. Great squad, well done Neil, David et al. Steady On, I am now as optimistic as you are.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • True, NMTD. No sign of any queues for the megabucks malcontent. NCFC need to get him out the door and off the wage bill. The wage bill bit could be the sticking point. If he can sit on his unhappy a**e and be paid by the club for doing nothing, maybe he will do that thing. I am reasonably confident that Machianalli is machinating manfully to move the morose man away. Perhaps Seb is waiting to rejoin Chrissie at his new club; Mulbarton? Lots of positive action from the Club this time. Some for now, some for later. Watch out for Soton in January, subject to Nates performing?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Turner, Bennett, Cuellar, Miquel and Hooiveld now all options for centre back. If I was in Bassong's shoes I'd be seriously worried about my career at the moment. Before today, I thought there could still be an avenue back for him if he towed the line, but looking at that selection, I'm not convinced we need him. A loan has to be the way forward.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Hmm! Bassong still in the ranks. Still, the loan window is open again shortly. Clearly ZERO future at Carrow Road, best he remains with the development squad and quietly moves on without a peep! Proud to be Norwich - OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Aaah, at last. A mandatory "the likes of". God is in his Heaven. All is well. NA has certainly not skimped on the CB issue. Hooper - and Redmond - still here, for now. A nice helping hand from Soton. Quid quo pro at some stage, maybe? A sort of Surman scenario...

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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