Chris Hughton was happy to lead the proceeding after a productive day of dealings for Norwich City.

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Chris Hughton was happy to lead the proceeding after a productive day of dealings for Norwich City.

While confirming the contentment of talismanic striker Grant Holt made most of the headlines, the Canaries boss was keen to underline the importance of his two new recruits – as Hughton looks to arm City for their second tilt at the Premier League.

The arrival of Rangers defender Steven Whittaker was expected – the fact he was accompanied by Barnsley playmaker Jacob Butterfield was more of a surprise given the quick turnaround from the weekend’s speculation.

But all three names on Tuesday afternoon’s Carrow Road bill provided notable success for Hughton and his embryonic City reign to date.

“I’d like to think it’s business well done today,” said Hughton.

“The obvious one to speak about is Grant because that’s one that has been ongoing through the summer before my time here and that probably has been the question on most supporters’ minds. So that is a big one for us but I certainly don’t want that to take anything away from the two new signings we’ve unveiled.

“Steven won’t be fazed by anything the Premier League holds, even though it is his first foray into this division…and what we have in Jacob is a young man of undoubted ability but certainly a good age to continue to develop.”

The future of England Under-21 midfielder Butterfield at Oakwell has long been the subject of speculation, despite a knee injury ending his season before 2012 arrived.

The 22-year-old now has the all-clear to take on full training, so is only expected to be a week – if anything – behind his new team-mates when pre-season begins.

“There was competition and we’re delighted to have nicked in front of anybody else that wanted to acquire his services, but what is important is…this is a club he wanted to be at and where he sees his future,” said Hughton. “I’ve seen him over a few years and he’s a player who can play in a few positions, but I think it’s a good time for him.

“He’s shown his quality over the time he’s been at Barnsley and this is a wonderful opportunity for him.

“He is a player of a quality that can score goals but also he has a wonderful ability to link play as well…he doesn’t have a fear factor of getting on the ball, and that is an asset very much to the progress he has made.”

Hughton confirmed on Tuesday he is “under the impression” Gary Karsa and Ian Culverhouse will leave City in the coming days to team up with their former boss Paul Lambert at Aston Villa.

The City boss also admitted he hopes Birmingham and England goalkeeping coach Dave Watson will follow him from the Midlands to Norfolk.

“That is a possibility and something we are very much working on at the moment,” added Hughton.

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9 comments

  • Pity about Culver leaving but I guess that's no suprise. Seems as if you may get your wish for Watson to join us Brew.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Well, that`d be good for all our `keepers, cutty. We might end up with a monopoly of England `keepers......

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Unless we invest a bit more in the defence, we will need those keepers!

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Spot on Swiss. Memo to Mr Hughton. Dear Chris we didn't have too much difficulty in scoring last season, it was keeping the ball out of our net that caused a few problems. A central and a left sided defender would be useful investments.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Thats right MB, the little fella who was actually really good, quite integral to the success of the whole, yet was consistently overlooked. His name may as well have been Wes...

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    Johannesburg Chris

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • I wonder what`s happening with Mad Marc? All gone quiet on the Chris Gunter front. Last year`s defensive record speaks for itself, only 3 clean sheets, average of 1.73 goals conceded per league game, despite Ruddy`s heroics (and Kafu McMartin`s goal-line clearances). We could be severely punished this time around if that dept. is not sorted.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Was that the little guy, Jo`burg Chris? Yes, very similar vocal style!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Interesting parallel, Jo`burg. Mike was the calculating little wheeler-dealer embedded in what was otherwise a lunatic asylum. A sort of Arthur Daley in Bedlam. I wish somebody would re-run those episodes on a channel I can access (ie Freeview - too mean to subscribe!). You were absolutely spot on with the phonetic connection. Uncanny. CH seems to exude a nirvana-like tranquility. Must be a shock to Mr. Bowkett`s system after his being exposed to "probably the most impatient man I`ve ever worked with" (paraphrase). I wonder if Hoots the Healer ever gets "riled"? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • He looks right at home already doesn't he? That bodes very well. When I hear his voice, I do think we've employed Mike from The Young Ones. We'll soon have him talking Norfolk.

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    Johannesburg Chris

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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