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Norwich City’s deadline day: The inside track

PUBLISHED: 09:19 10 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:22 10 August 2018

Ivo Pinto was heavily linked with a West Brom switch 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Ivo Pinto was heavily linked with a West Brom switch Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Ivo Pinto was NOT the subject of a deadline day bid from Norwich City’s weekend opponents West Brom.

The attacking full back was touted with a potential switch to the Canaries’ Championship rivals on Thursday, but speculation regarding a transfer enquiry from the relegated Baggies proved wide of the mark.

City’s top brass settled for a watching brief on a serene first transfer deadline of the summer, with the window still open until the end of the month for potential loan deals or to offload fringe players into overseas markets.

Pinto had previously been touted with a move to Fortuna Dusseldorf, as the 28-year-old enters the final 12 months of his current Carrow Road deal.

The Portuguese defender suffered an injury-hit pre-season and only returned to full training in recent days following a hamstring problem.

City have brought in Ben Marshall from Wolves as a frontline right back option, and Marshall impressed again at St Andrew’s on the opening weekend.

Max Aarons and Felix Passlack are also alternatives for Daniel Farke down the right hand side.

Pinto’s compatriot, Nelson Oliveira, remained at Carrow Road for the time being, although the striker can still tie up a move to the continent before August 31.

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Sporting director Stuart Webber, speaking ahead of the trip to Birmingham, revealed Oliveira was likely to seek a fresh challenge following talks with the forward at the end of last season and again following his return to the club.

City brought in a total of seven new faces this summer, plus a return to his parent club for midfielder Kenny McLean, and Webber is in no doubt there is a more settled feel to the squad than when Farke was first appointed 12 months ago.

“I think in general, yes,” he said. “Last summer brought change throughout the club.

“I think we’ve got our business done pretty early, outs and ins in general, which allows the squad maximum time.

“When I think back to the trip to Germany 12 months ago to the trip to Germany this year, it felt much more together in terms of, here’s a decent set of players together, coaching staff who know where they are, medical staff, sport science staff.

“I certainly think I can confidently say we are better prepared and closer to where we want to be than 12 months ago.”

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