Norwich City still in the hunt for transfer targets

NCFC new signings, Carlos Cuellar, left, and Cameron Jerome. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY NCFC new signings, Carlos Cuellar, left, and Cameron Jerome. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Friday, August 22, 2014
11:30 AM

Norwich City boss Neil Adams is not ruling out a late foray into the transfer market following the additions of Carlos Cuellar and Cameron Jerome.

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"There is no limit on it. There is no sense that is us done and dusted. We are still making enquiries."

Neil Adams

The Canaries’ chief has now brought in five new recruits since taking charge at Carrow Road but lost Robert Snodgrass, Anthony Pilkington and Leroy Fer during a summer trading window which will officially close on September 1.

Adams insists the likes of Cuellar and Jerome can play huge roles in Norwich’s quest to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

“They are not here as squad players. I want them competing for places because we need that strength in depth,” he said. “Both Carlos and Cameron are vastly experienced. They have played at the top levels in English football. We were a little bit threadbare in terms of cover, particularly in defence, and Carlos is a good quality player who is comfortable with the ball. He is not just a defender, he can also initiate attacks and he has played for some top sides. I spoke to Martin O’Neill about him and Martin could not speak highly enough about him, which is good enough for me. I’ve watched a lot of him.”

Jerome swells a Norwich frontline which also includes Adams’ first two summer signings, Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty along with Gary Hooper, Jamar Loza and the out-of-favour Luciano Becchio.

“Look if we don’t score goals this season we won’t be promoted. It is simple as that so I don’t think you can have enough quality players,” said Adams. “Over 46 games there are going to be suspensions and injuries. We can’t afford to leave ourselves light or short. The players need to know there is that competition to push themselves.

“With Cameron again he gives us that something different, he gives us power and pace leading the line. He is someone who can be a real handful to defenders when he is at it. I think he can play a typical number nine or a withdrawn striker or even that wider striker; he has played those roles in his career. We have a transfer strategy in that we avoid getting too many similar players. They have to complement what we have here.”

Adams insists Norwich are still on the lookout for further additions following the recent departures of both Fer and Pilkington.

“There is no limit on it. There is no sense that is us done and dusted. We are still making enquiries,” he said. “Leroy wanted to leave. He indicated he wanted to leave and that was understandable after he had come back from scoring in the World Cup. Of course you don’t want to lose players of that quality. The offer was acceptable to the club, it is good business the deal we have got for him and that is football, he moves on with our best wishes and I hope he does great for them. There is a hole there now so we are looking to get someone in. “Pilks would have felt he was a little bit down the pecking order, but he was excellent in the way he went about his business. He wanted to go, he wanted pastures new and we got decent money for him.”

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39 comments

  • A couple of names from the past I have never seen mentioned are Billy Steele and John Manning, remember them?

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    blackdog2

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • What happened to showing the back with the player's name on? Cameron looks like a barrel of laughs...

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    danpez

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Don't worry Lordyfan. When I lived in Huddersfield I used to live next-door to Jerome's Great-Uncle- Jerome K Jerome. He took a break from novel writing one day + told me he rated young Cameron very highly....

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    Timbo

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Stunning originality in the photo , new players clutching club shirts with a cheesy grin , as if proud at their achievement in managing to wash and iron them . There's a thesis lurking in there somewhere about Ritualism in Football Journalism .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Allan Black ( BIG BOOT ! ! ! ) was a left back whose great skill consisted of shanking the ball from the penalty area in front of the Barclay into the midst of the massed ranks of sullen cheapskates standing out in the rain on the River end open terracing . In those days of near-universal smoking , do you remember the sight of hundreds of flickering lights as fans were struck by the communal urge for a " spit-and-a-draw " ? " THE BRIDGE IS UP ! ! ! " ; would chant the Barclay , producing the pleasing optical effect of the River end changing colour from pallid white faces to dark hair as the massed ranks there turned their heads away to look over their left shoulders , in hope of seeing something more interesting than what was happening on the muddy stretch of annual meadow grass which was called " the pitch " back then . I dont think Mr Black was here very long , but I will always remember thousands of voices raised in the exhortation " BIG BOOT ! ! ! " as he went for the ball , and the ironic cheer that followed as he duly obliged .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Now Archie is really having fun with delayed posts. Move on Archie,we have

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    oldtimer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Deffo was a Geoff Butler, remember him well. Quick,cultured and a beauty spot on his cheek. Played against Spurs in the 73 Wembley Final

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    oldtimer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Sorry Brew, Archie playing silly bu**ers again

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    oldtimer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Brew, you disappoint me. Barry Butler was my hero as a boy.He was a centre half, one of the finest that we have ever had, sadly killed in a rosd crash on Silver Road in the city. GEOFF Butler was a left back, around about the same time as Ian Black. If my memory serves me correct he was signed from Sunderland. Your memory isn't failing you is it?

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    oldtimer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Mr. B, .....Dab: apply a wet or soft surface to; strike lightly; aim a feeble blow; a flat fish (OED). Says it all really.

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    Igno Rance

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Apologies Steely Dan, MB and Oldtimer. Ian Black - absolutely no bells ringing with me, I'm afraid, so obviously losing it! Alan B came to us from Sunderland as well. 1973 League Cup Final team v Spurs was Keelan, Payne, Butler, Stringer, Forbes, Briggs, Livermore, Blair Cross, Paddon, Anderson, with Trevor Howard as sub. Phew, some names there, with future Canaries Peters and Chivers for the oppo.

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    Les Lee

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • No Les I'm afraid to tell you that you have a gap. Consulted the oracle. Signed from S'land ,30th October 1968 .Made 192 appearances and scored 1 goal. Picked up a 2nd Div championship medal and played in the LC final against Spurs. Alan Black was also a similar era. Interestingly he went on to become a brewery sales rep. He probably met a friend of ours.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • @MB and Old Timer. Geoff Butler, late 60s and early 70's FB. Do you mean Alan Black? Round about the same vintage. Left back. Probably the regular not that long after the late Joe Mullett. A gap in your NCFC histoire, MB? Surely not.

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    Les Lee

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Oh, yes, Steely. I remember now. Do you remember Fred Sharpe? He was a down to earth good ol` boi defender. About 1962 ish? Some strange censorship today, whilst truly abhorrent muck got through from a new monster calling himself john dab.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • ...and he was like speaking to Martin O'Neil about him and Martin was like..Is this the future of reporting. I notice that the Daily Telegraph already does this when repeating a comment (usually from a yuppie bimbo). I remember a Geoff Butler ,left back, maybe late 1960's ,also played for Sunderland.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Nice to read he is on speaking terms with Martin O'Neil - maybe Martin would like to have a part time consultant role?

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • "d0ngle" is a forbidden word! Good job the one in my PC is allowed.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • The likes of "the likes of" is an expression the likes of which should be condemned to the likes of a skip. "...the out of favour Luciano Becchio". So, when was he ever "in favour"? Along with Jacob Butterfield and D!cky von Lupusdingle, he is an enigma. Easy living, PD. I suspect it has to be that way.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • The likes of "the likes of" is an expression the likes of which should be condemned to the likes of a skip. "...the out of favour Luciano Becchio". So, when was he ever "in favour"? Along with Jacob Butterfield and D!cky von Lupusdongle, he is an enigma. Easy living, Padster. I suspect it has to be that way.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • oldtimer, do you mean Barry Butler? Now, there`s a Norwich "legend", in the `modern` use of the word. Not scring points here, just wondered. I can`t recall a Geoff Butler. I know there`s a Yob Butler on Radio Norfolk.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Paddy, just a point of correction. NA has lost more than just the 3 you have listed in your second paragraph. RvW is the other that comes to mind. Then you can talk of Fox, Nash, etc.

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    Ghana Dom

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • I would like to see similar tactics to how Neil played the kids in the winning youth cup team. 3 attacking front men, including two that are able to play wide. When going down the left wing the right wide man comes more central and joins the central striker and when going down the right wing, vice versa. Worked great with the Murphy twins in that particular set up. I just want to see Lafferty get his chances in a more central position at times during the game because I should imagine he's a confidence player (like Hucks was) and if he's already got the fans loving him imagine what could happen if he hits the goal trail regularly!!

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    Adorablespy

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Hmmm, now it's getting a bit silly, but if we are going down that road, I believe Greg Downes is still local, and where are Geoff Butler and Ian Black nowadays?

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    oldtimer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Big Rob still lives in the area and he is only 50 or perhaps 51.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • I think we need a LB,Cdm and a winger for cover, problem is finding them,lol i still say michah Richards might be a possible option for us ?

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    uk/usa Canary

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Oops! Apology again, Scotcan. You beat me to it!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Adam Drury`s a good ol` boi, Norwegian, but he`s a bit long in the tooth now. 36\37?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Norwegian Canary, terrific player as Adam Drury was for us, he will be 36 years old this month. I do not think that he is a realsitic option even as emergency backup.

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    ScotCan

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • No-one really knows whether NA will dip into the U21's for any back up defenders .......... they'll surely be included in some squads be that cup games or not .......... in Neil I trust .......... OTBC. Bring it on !

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • It was obvious we would lose Fer,Snodgrass and Pilkington but look at poor Snods now out for 6 myths with knee injury could have still been with us, Pilkington not to sorry to lose him always injured in some way ,don't see him playing that much for Cardiff with his injury record, and Fer was gonna go at some point just sad to see him at an inferior club like QPR, think NA signings are pretty decent so far obviously along way to go yet for we can really judge him but if we can keep the momentum going now think we have a great chance of bouncing back first time portman rd here we come OTBC

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    ncfcforever

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Defence is probably the key area to strengthen still. We have Olsson, Garrido, Whittaker, Martin, Bennett, Turner and Cuellar. 7 players probably isn't enough, especially as some of those players have a point to prove and it's not as if all 7 will definitely be brilliant this season. Bassong won't play for us again. I heard he totally divided the squad creating a major friction. You can't have players who harm the morale of the squad, just like you don't want players in the group who want to leave.

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    Colin

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • There is no great loss in the players that have left the club so far. It makes perfect sense to let Fer , Pilks and Snodgrass go, because they simply didn't want to be here, and we got good money for them. Having managed to win us relegation, they like rats wanted out, so best to get rid. Players like John Ruddy and most of the rest, want to be here and right the wrongs that Hooton and his cronies bestowed on them and us fans last season, and fair play to them. BTW, anyone else remember Hucks agent telling everyone that he was too good for this club. Hucks in turn took a pay cut to come here, and told his agent where he could stuff his head. Oh for players like him nowadays.

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    oldtimer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Norwegian Canary , please tell us your having a laugh ! ! .

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    Kristafa

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • We are still short in defence, in more ways than one. We now have seven players covering four positions, assuming Bassong stays in his sulk or is it Adams in his? We have already picked up four bookings amongst those players and each one of them (not sure about Cuellar) has missed a part of one of the last two seasons with injury. Then consider form. Do we really want to have to select an off-form defender because there is nobody else available?

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    waclor

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • so cameron jerome....discuss. I used to work with his cousin and he didn't even rate him!

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    lordyfan

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • That's a really positive news conference from NA. Like many others, I grumble when I see some of our better players leave. We now move on..NA seems to be asserting some authority over incomings and outgoings. We've banked good money ..let's spend a fraction of it! Looking forward to tomorrow.. a win puts us top and so long as we can stay I the top 5\6 for the first half of the season, I can see us really pushing on

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    Irish canary

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • We are struggeling at the left back now, why not get Drury back in as cover?

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    Norwegian Canary

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • I'd guess we aren't looking to replace Pilkington, but would be willing to buy a central midfielder and maybe another defender if they became available. Adams probably doesn't feel he needs a winger, given that the system we play won't be a flat 4-4-2 and all of Redmond, Murphy, Bennett, O'Neil, Surman, Grabban, Lafferty and maybe even Jerome could make some sort of impact from a wide position. I don't know enough about Jerome to know whether he is more of a central striker than Grabban and Lafferty, but certainly those two can drop out wide.

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    Colin

    Friday, August 22, 2014

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