Video: As Transfer Deadline Day rumbles on, Norwich City fans spell out their hopes - what do you think?

Wes Hoolahan - On his way? Or will he stay? Wes Hoolahan - On his way? Or will he stay?

David Powles
Friday, January 31, 2014
4:32 PM

Norwich City already have Joseph Yobo - which probably rules out Italian defender Michael Ciani. Could the club go for a midfielder, attacker - or maybe ven both? Here Norwich City fans tell us who they’d like city to sign - or sell - in the last few hours of the transfer window.

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CHARLIE HATCH - NORWICH CITY FAN FROM OHIO, IN THE UNITED STATES

If Norwich want to be completely satisfied with their January transfer window, there’s two moves they need to make on Friday.

1. Solve the Wes Hoolahan situation. Clearly Hughton doesn’t see the Irishman in his plans at the moment. It’s apparent to the media and fans that he isn’t happy with his role. Sometime today, the Board need to make a decision. Don’t keep a player around if he’s becoming a distraction. If that means he goes to Villa, so be it. A positive locker room should be paramount for the Canaries, especially seeing as they’re in a dry spell.

2. Hoolahan is a playmaker, but he’s not utilised at the moment. Norwich need someone to take on that role. After the massive spending in the off-season to strengthen the attack, Hughton must realise something needs to change. Fast. Whether it be Holtby or not, the manager needs to find an attacking mid he’s willing to rely on (other than Fer). Then again, there’s always another player who can do that now...

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STEVE DOWNES

I’m not asking for much on transfer deadline day – just a world class defender and creative midfielder.

Today is the day that will decide Norwich City’s Premier league future. If we fail to strengthen a woefully prosaic squad, I suspect we’ll be relegated – or at least close to the trapdoor.

We are leaderless at centre-back, with Bassong not living up to early promise, so I want to see a fist-pumping, none-shall-pass defender with top flight battle scars – and preferably a Terry Butcher-style, blood-soaked headband.

And, with Jonny Howson a permanent fixture on the treatment table and the wonderful Wes Hoolahan in exile, we desperately need a midfielder who can create chances for two expensive strikers who have a proven pedigree at Champions League level.

They will score if they get chances. So let’s make Andrea Pirlo an offer he can’t refuse.

PHIL HARRIS

Norwich must not be left behind by other Clubs in the bottom half of the table in strengthening the squad. It is a question of are they going to do a short term fix until the end of the season or look to the future.

The signing of Joseph Yobo at his age is a some term fix. Not letting Wes Hoolahan joining Aston Villa is not assisting a club in a similar position as Norwich.

With Johnny Howson not fit to return yet we need an attacking midfield player and obviously Holtby fits the bill and is young and if we signed him permanently we would signal we are still building for a future in the Premiership.

As an outside option why not Kyle Naughton, a young full back, knows the club and has speed down the right flank.

BRIAN KNIGHT

Steve Downes talks the same language as me. Norwich want a centre half in the same mould as Duncan Forbes. Why do we wait until deadline day before we start looking for players when all the good ones have all been snapped up we should have gone for Huddlestone and Livermore at the start of season and Holtby-Fabiola-Zaha have all got new clubs. Our Van Wolfswinkle will never be a Premier striker.

If you are willing to tell us in 100 words who you want Norwich City to sign email david.powles@archant.co.uk

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25 comments

  • Why do people to sign a playmaker in midfield? We already have 2 - Wes Hoolahan and David Fox. Hughton chooses to play neither so why would he play a different playmaker if we bought one?Hughton is so negative he always prefers defensive midfielders who are "spoilers" not playmakers. Yes we need a playmaker in the team but we will not get one. The tactics have been the same for 1.5 years (and failing consistently throughout); why does anyone think the mentality will change now?

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    CanaryWest

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Good comments MichiganCanary the sensible voice of many fans. I would go a bit further and say who would want to come to NCFC at the moment and play under Hughton he has become a players nightmare and a career wrecker think of your own list past and present he has destroyed the sprit of the club. I also can not understand why the board are sitting on their hands and not acting.

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    Harry

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • That just about made sense, despite an earlier trialogue with CanaryinSlovenia and A.N.Other being retro-deleted.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • How disappointing! it appears that NCFC will be doing no further business today..sorry to say I will be looking for the best routes to Brighton, Huddersfield etc next season, cos that's where we are heading with a board and manager that apparently have no ambition and foresight despite the rhetoric they spout..

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    Gary Guymer

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Canaryinslovenia, you really have lost the plot! Your vile diatribes are worse than reading those of Steady On, albeit the precise, polar, opposite in sentiment. Ghana Dom has made a very astute point, by the way, and one with which I wholeheartedly agree.

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    ScotCan

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • I think the club is in a very sad situation. I am getting the impression that despite what some players have said, the manager has lost many of the squad, and he certainly has lost a large amount of the fans. I also am seeing players not wanting to come to NCFC. It is very disturbing that the board or McNally are not making any concrete statements supporting the manager and telling the fans to get in line, or being decisive and firing the manager and making the necessary changes. The fact they they are doing nothing as a board indicates they are not aligned and are sitting on the fence - probably the most disturbing as it can only go downhill with mixed messages inside the club. NCFC is potentially a strong business going forward if it stays in the EPL, but it does not appear to have the management team in place for running a strong business or a strong football team.

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • As Powles suggests, I think we should sign Ven Both.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Everyone knows what we want, all we need is £200 million and we would be a safe top half team. Unfortunately we know that is not available so McNally has to approve cheapish players who are happy with lower end Premiership wages and can be persuaded to come to Norfolk.

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    goldie

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Agree with Phil Harris ,Naughton would be a good call. If only for the reason that most people on here would refer to him as Nughton.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Re Wes, a national newspaper has printed, "The midfielder was filmed by a TV crew at Norwich’s training ground and jokingly asked if he was going to be clearing out his locker. And he stunned onlookers by replying: “I hope so. This is a f****** s******* club." ". If it's true, and it's a big if, looks like he's (or on someone else's advise) trying to force the issue. Considering he' a fringe player now I'd said we're just looking for Villa to up their bid, and he's off.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • **want to sign** sorry, typo.

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    CanaryWest

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Might not the paucity of ncfc transfer activity be deliberate in order to give the new manager freedom to choose his preferred squad for next season's championship campaign?

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    Armchair fan

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Ethered. Good point, Bally High. There are shades of Roederism about this sorry business.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Get rid Norwich of Hoolahan, with the clause that he cannot play against Norwich in the televised game in March.

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    Derek McDonald

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • ScotCan, can you & Ghana Dom be more overt about this `astute` point? I am not being combative here, but if the insinuation is what I suspect it might be, then it`s a serious business. It`s an all too easy shot, bordering on the cheap. Canaryinslovenia has brought it upon himself with his recent invective. But responding in this way is counter-productive. as you say, it is almost surreal the way Steady On`s vile stuff has been replaced by the `flip-side`. It`s only football!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Why do clubs leave everything till the last minute of the last day ? I see Man City are interested in splashing out £55m on two players from Porto. It is not as though they need them. They probably won't drop another point all season regardless. Sickening really.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Villa are hardly in the same situation as NCFC, scored 4 goals in one match whereas City can't score 4 in a whole month. The only transfer that I want to see is Hughton out, but our feeble minded board won't act until we are relegated

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Why do Roy Orbison songs keep coming to my fevered mind? It`s Over. (It`s) a Mystery to Me. Running Scared. Falling. Crying. I`m Hurting. Ride Away. Communication Breakdown. Heartache. Walk On. The Comedians (3). One specially for those three comedians: "Go, Go, Go".

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • I still hope the board will ditch the dummies on the sideline ,I just dismay at what they've done to our club and after hoots has taken the club down I will take great delight in telling the board I TOLD YOU SO 20,000 of us can see it why can't you ?????????

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    Victor meldrew

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • A goodbye & good luck one for Wes: "Twinkle Toes". Maybe you`ll soon be "Working for the Man" again? It`ll be like Coming Home.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Indeed, Bally High, Roeder made Lappin the scapegoat for a poor performance - at Plymouth I seem to remember. P`raps Lapps had the temerity to stand up to Roeder and accordingly spiteful retribution ensued. Same may have happened with Vaughan and now it could be Wes`s turn? It`s a very Roeder-esque scenario.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I'd like to see us get Nemanja Vidic either on loan or short term contract. I believe he's out of contract at the end of the season. As too is Shola Ameobi who'd be a great target man and I think better than Elmander.

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    Oz Canary

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • You do seem to have become inordinately angry about things, canaryinslovenia! I have never met David McNally, but I believe him to be a very hard-nosed individual when it comes to business - and this IS business! He doesn`t want to lose out on fees and bonuses by being relegated. He doesn`t want failure on his CV. Irrespective of whether or not he has "Norwich City" written through him like a stick of yellow & green rock, he will be on the case. Maybe he got lucky with Lambert - we fans certainly did. But his `miracle` turning round of the Club`s finances is down to being in the Premiership. The business that is NCFC has maximised revenues from everything it can milk, from tea, through pies and replica shirts to season ticket sales and Executive prawn sandwich Boxes. All clubs do that; there is no philanthropy involved. Harsh but true. You clearly care about NCFC, as do I - though I sometimes wonder why. After all, it is Business. The entertainment Business - with very little entertainment for us right now. A recent EDP Poll, for what it`s worth, indicated about 10,000 season ticket holders were not going to renew next season. (Based on a very small sample). Pshaw! Football is a way of life. What would people do on a Saturday afternoon (Sky permitting) without their fix of a day out, maybe a few beers? A bit of tribal chanting and happy clapping - all that stuff. I suppose they could `get a life` (HATE that platitudinous cliché!). I don`t much like tautology either but I always keep on doing it. Chill, slovenia. Sniff the hops. Get some local wine down ya neck! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • I imagine Wes will still be with us until the end of the season. After all we might need him in the Championship. I'm sure he'll outlast CH at the club.

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    Oz Canary

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • I remember Simon Lappin being treated the same way as Hoolahan and even got shipped out on loan. He outlasted Glenn Roeder and returned as a fans favourite. Wes deserves more from this current manager and his non selection is shameful. We know that Wes has more talent in 1 foot than Elmander has in both but CH cant or won't accept that.

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    Bally High

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

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