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Steven Naismith may not be Norwich City’s final signing of January transfer window

06:30 20 January 2016

David McNally, CEO at Norwich City Football Club, at the press conference to introduce new director, Tom Smith. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

David McNally, CEO at Norwich City Football Club, at the press conference to introduce new director, Tom Smith. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Norwich City have taken their January transfer window spending to its highest ever level – but chief executive David McNally is not ruling out further signings.

Everton forward Steven Naismith has completed his much-anticipated move to City, becoming the club’s fifth permanent signing of the January transfer window.

The deal is reportedly worth £8million and takes City’s spending to around £20m in estimated fees, recouping close to £9m with the sales of Lewis Grabban and Elliott Bennett.

“We’re still looking to see if we can help the squad and help Alex by strengthening in one or two other areas,” McNally said.

“I think the bulk of our business is probably done but that doesn’t mean to say we are not still looking. We don’t suffer from deal fever here, so we won’t do a deal for the sake of it.

“So if there is someone that comes in on the last day of the window, it will be for the right reasons, it won’t be because everybody wants us to feature on the Sky Sports show on the last day of the window.

“It won’t be because of that, it will be because the player we’ve targeted, in Alex’s view, is going to help the squad and strengthen us in a particular position.”

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38 comments

  • Wow, Mad B, if I were having nightmares like those, I'd give up the pub 'lunches' :)

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    Reg Breeze

    Thursday, January 21, 2016

  • Jeezers Geezers - lindsay & I concur on something. I also share lindsay McNeile's fears about Ryan Bennett being dropped for Klose. Trevor Keith may know; is Klose a left-sided CB, or right-sided? Or both?? The Sum Of All Fears for me is Cafu at CB, Bambi at LB, displacing Olsson, while Brady is misused at RB, as the right-footed Redmond is played on the left of CMF and Jarvis is sent to Hamilton MacAnicals on loan. RvW returns from loan to spearhead a one man attack. Laffers enters Miss World.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 21, 2016

  • SpanCan; I may be one who has dinner at lunchtime and tea at dinnertime. Also; remember - Beer is not just a breakfast drink.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 21, 2016

  • What time of the day would that be, SpanCan? Living alone as I do these days, I tend to find the lure of a hostelry irresistible and go AWOL between noon and 1600 hrs (Brit Time). Yesterday was a bus trip into "The City" but today just a foo down the loocal. So I'm still here. Message timed @ 1247 hrs.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 21, 2016

  • jops, If Long needs to play off another striker, then, for example, CJ, Long, Wes and Brady would be our total players going forward?

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    Reg Breeze

    Thursday, January 21, 2016

  • @spanish canary Shae Long would be great for us, fast striker to play off of Mbokani or Jerome, someone to stretch a defence, always scared of him against us... prem experience, knows Hoolahan and Brady through Irish setup... a bit of speed up front is just what we are missing..

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    jops

    Thursday, January 21, 2016

  • bluelight, I agree about an attacking style of play, but sadly, it wasn't delivering the points, earlier in the season. How much different it might have been, had CJ's first goal of the season been allowed, and if Butland had not played such a blinder against us? Overall though, I feel the failures were in defence and largely solved by the development of Ryan, Declan and Wisdom. I think AN now fears returning to that style, while points remain so critical? Hence two defensive midfielders and Brady playing as a wingback to compensate. That leaves no room for trying two up front and, like Canary101 says, we can't fit strikers like Hooper or RvW into this system. I think too much is being asked of Brady and hence his drop in form, recently. I agree with Mad Brewer that Olsson should play with Brady as a winger and Jarvis, when fully fit, replacing Redmond.

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    Reg Breeze

    Thursday, January 21, 2016

  • Shame Loza hasn't been getting much game time on his loans. Last time I saw him in the flesh, he terrorized the very expensive Man City development defence but he needs first team experience somewhere to learn and develop. Frustrating as I thought he might a rare one to break through. All quiet on the Murphys too at the moment after a lot of earlier noise.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Its a shame Olsson gets dropped, but otherwise tough to accommodate Brady and Jarvis on the left. Fearful that it will RB not Seb who makes room for Klose. I would be confident of at least one more arrival. Would be dumb not to play our second Loan Contract card having freed it up with Jarvis

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    lindsay McNeile

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Looks like Shane Long might be available.

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    spanishcanary

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Does everyone in Norfolk have dinner at the same time? I know Dingo has the dogs to walk but it goes really quiet on here at this time. Even the expats stop posting, old habits die hard. I end up talking to myself but at least I agree with my comments, that's a first. What striker should we get in?

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    spanishcanary

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Ditto Brew, we may not agree with all of it but it was fair and logical comment. Stew, were you a Merchant Banker.

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    spanishcanary

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • It was a pleasure to read Canary101's analysis. I don't agree with all of it, but it was very thoughtful material. I certainly do agree on the Olsson\Brady item. Olsson is unlucky to be dropped. Mr. Reliable, IMHO.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • …..I can go along with your logic regarding Hooper and RvW...and also neither of them fitting into the ideas of Axle and his one up front theory….On the other hand he has not been able to fit anyone different into those tactics! ….It may be time for him yo turn away from that weird idea…., and offer his services back to Hamilton, who look in need of inspiration after their game with Cetic!…..As players are not always able to fit into higher leagues....The same can easily be said for managers!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Canary 101,entitled as you are to your opinion,RVW has still not managed to score as many as 10 goals in 3 Seasons for 3 different Clubs. Perhaps the reason Hooper is scoring goals in the Championship is because he is a Championship Player.He was banging in a lot for Celtic but most of the Opposition there would struggle in our Div 2. Also, AN would have seen a lot of him in Scotland both as a player and a Manager and better able than most to assess the level he can play at. AN 's system is one up front and Hooper does not fit that role.

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    irongloves

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Have to say our striker situations been perplexing. It seems strikers stop performing when they sign for us. Hooper's scored 4 in 2 now at Sheff Wed. RvW hasn't really figured for Betis (apart from a brace in a recent cup game) who mostly stick with Ruben Castro, even though they're not scoring goals (sounds familiar!). I have to say i thought he might have got a chance in the prem as he did everything right in pre-season and AN said it himself. Neil played him in a development game and he was the best player on the pitch. He then got his chance against Rotherham in the LC and was again the best player on the pitch, hence being named on the bench for the following league game at Southampton. What i couldn't believe was the fact he didn't get off the bench even when we were 3-0 down! AN admitted he'd been playing well so my guess is that he knew he was leaving and didn't risk him. Perhaps RvW wanted to leave, in which case it just wasn't meant to be (would have been nice for the club to let us know what what happened there). Besides, i feel he would only ever perform at his best in a dominant attacking team who suit his intelligent movement. I think we've been crying out for a striker who can pull defences apart like that as it creates openings for others and makes us harder to play against. I don't understand Neil's need to play just 1 big physical striker, and ship out the ones who offer something different on loan. Leicester play 3 up-front and are doing ok. Our midfield has not been dominating games with the extra man so maybe its time to start playing 2 up front. I really wanted to see Hooper or RvW play off Jerome so maybe Naismith can play that role. We don't have a presence in the final third when out of possession, and that is enabling opposing defences to get the ball back over again and play high up the pitch against us, precisely as Bournemouth did, which also enables them to get their wingers involved as they have all the time in the world to pick their runs. If we'd had two strikers running around their backline they would have found it more difficult. I'd like to see Olsson back at LB and Brady on the left wing (particularly crucial for delivery while we're not seeing the best of Redmond). I'm not complaining about our business so far in this window, but if we're truly finished with the strikers we have out on loan, then lets at least bring in someone who can make runs and be a goal poacher. Play whatever strategy you want but goals are what matters in the end. If you're not scoring, then it's not working!

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    Canary101

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • I'll tell my mum canary wary

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    lordbesty

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Very excited about the new recruit but wondering how quickly we can get them contributing. Naismith should be ready to go and knows his way around the division.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Trevor Keith, I agree about the young Striker but haven't we already got one in Loza and also Morris out on loan.

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    irongloves

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • I am absolutely delighted with this signing. Plus also delighted with the Klose signing too. AN squad is beginning to take shape. Although I also agree at frustration of the Wolf being loaned out. For me there is frustration that Hooper is loaned out. Plus frustration at Lafferty never getting a full game.

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    Edinburgh Canary

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Eternal optimist I guess as far as RVW is concerned, but you're right DJ I should get over it, but you never know, maybe.............................

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    Kazakanary

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • I think our main problem is not so much the players,I do not believe our players have settled in to the more defensive system.these players can score goals,as they proved when we where playing a more attacking game.i personally prefer that style.far more entertaining.anyway onwards and upwards.otbc.

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    bluelight

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Sorry Reg, no new news it just seems to have gone quiet on that front and I'm a big supporter of his and believe he could really make an impact again - just frustrated I guess that he never seems available (probably like himself), I also believe with Matt, Naismith at No.10 we'll see better service for Mbok who will also benefit from defenses knowing that Naismith is also there to watch and can put them away. With the new additions, no fitness worries and a bit of 'luck' we should see things through to the end of the season and hopefully be clear before the scrapping starts

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    Kazakanary

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Kazakanary, RVW is now a serial failure with us and multiple loan clubs. Big expensive mistake. Get over it.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Kazakanary, have you heard of a fresh injury to Jarvis, or just referring to his rather disappointing return perfomances? If the latter, give him time to get match fit; just like the new guys may need.

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    Reg Breeze

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Balotelli - you obviously have a sense of humour Canarywary! You have a valid point, Trevor regarding scoring opportunities for front men. Even the best work on percentages. Up to now our two recognised strikers (Jerome and Mbokani) get far too few openings and that has to be down to lack of creativity midfield and Redmond's poor performances and lack of delivery on the right flank. Hopefully Naismith will help with the former. As for the latter, Redmond has to shape up and use his pace to get down the wing and take on his fullback and get out the habit of stopping with the ball and cutting inside where he can make little or no impact.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • I'm just playing with you Besty.

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    Canarywary

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Balotelli!?!??!! Ha ha that's the best one yet

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    lordbesty

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Agreed Kazak. Always thought it was a bit frustrating we loaned out RvW just as he scored a goal or two in the off-season friendlies and was possibly going to get his confidence back, especially with the great reception our fans seemed be giving him. Going on loan to Betis and not getting games is the absolute worst scenario for him and us. He needs games like Hooper is getting. I'd welcome him back for a proper second chance. If not that, then let's just stop messing about and get Balotelli.

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    Canarywary

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • I think some are being a tad harsh on the strikers we currently have as far too few chances have been created of late. Many top strikers miss easy chances including Rooney and Kane but they still score because the team continue to create for them. I think we just about have a team capable of staying up right now and if it were me, I would be looking for a couple of younger players with something to prove. Another decent up and coming centre back together with a younger target style striker, there must be a few around who would cost a £million or so and could be brought in for the future. We have to prepare for the worst just in case and accept that the recent signings would probably want away if it happens. Like supporter here and for clubs elsewhere, we all want to be upwardly mobile but still need a safety net just in case.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Notice RVW is not doing much at Real Betis - Pepe Mel has been sacked again after 4 straight losses and they have Real Madrid up next. For me I'm still confused why we didn't give him another go, instead we kept Laffs (never used) and Grabban (wish we never used), maybe I'm the eternal optimist but he was also a 'sort of' No.10 as well - something we have bought Naismith in to do as we had no alternative for the 1st half of the season.

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    Kazakanary

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • .....Two names to consider Mr McNally!....Peter Crouch, and Natti Wells!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Doc, that may be true but at least we are not in the same position as the summer. I just hope that we will cut the new players some slack and not expect them to 'seamlessly' slip into their positions, though I think Naismith will be desperate to prove a point to everyone, and his position has been the most problematic with us having no real alternative No.10 at the club. Both Pinto and Klose come with good reputations and looking at the current options in their positions I would be sorely disappointed if they didn't quickly become regulars. As for Jarvis - will he ever be fit?

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    Kazakanary

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • It looks like the kit lady is going to have a busy week ironing on the new names and numbers to the shirts ready for Saturday. At least the club have been kind to her this time, as two of the names are short with only 5 letters. Fitting on 'Van Wolfswinkel' must have been quite a challenge!!

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    Kent Anglian

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Sorry Mr. Mc....... current squad DOES need 2 more players. No doubt about that.

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    Doc at the Radar Station

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • I think City have already dropped a clue who the next target is. It says that Klose is better than Messi. Could they be after Lionel?

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    budgie

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Sky Sports are saying our scouts were watching Oscar Hiljemark who plays for Palermo. Apparently a creative central midfielder who likes to get forward and score.

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    Single Origin Coffee

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • It's only a net spend of £11 million so there should be money in the kitty for a striker that can score goals.

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    Sherbert

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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