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Will Norwich City stick or twist on transfer deadline day?

07:58 01 February 2016

NCFC open training session at Carrow Road. Alex Neil and  David McNally.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

NCFC open training session at Carrow Road. Alex Neil and David McNally. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

It’s D for Decision day as Alex Neil ponders whether or not to bring out the cheque book once more before the transfer window closes.

City have done more business in this window than ever before, spending more than £20m as they back Neil’s plans to keep them on the lucrative Premier League top table.

As well as five permanent signings, City wrapped up a loan deal for Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford, inset, over the weekend, bringing the number of new faces at Carrow Road to six.

City are among the Premier League’s big spenders – but is there another signing lined up before 11pm?

The answer is probably no: City did what they intended and completed the bulk of their business early. Neil has significantly increased his options by adding Timm Klose and Ivo Pinto to the back line, while Steven Naismith and Matt Jarvis strengthen his attack and young Ben Godfrey is marked ‘for the future’.

But today’s activities may depend on others: Kyle Lafferty and Stephen Whittaker are candidates for the exit door, for the right price, while an out-of-the-blue offer for one of the top players might just spark a chain reaction.

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27 comments

  • Couldn't keep away . Spot on with your calculations city didn't actually spend £24 m city took in over £10 millions in players out goings they spend around £10 million maybe all my attacks on the board done some good lets hope it now pay off to much to lose by going down.

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    City M

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Aye , British Gas , a lot of hot air, a bit like transfer deadline day. Lets beat Spurs tomorrow and feel good. Then crunch the Villa and put them down.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • We want SID, nice one. Wasn't that the strapline for the British Gas privatisation under Maggie T?

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    Comrade Smoultty

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Nutster has a point, an injury to Klose, and an injudicious tackle from Pinto , could leave us a back four of Whittaker-Martin-Bassong and Brady. We need a bit more SID at the back. Strength In Depth.. WE WANT SID

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Stew, I have faith in AN (although still questioning some of his tactics) and no way in hell want to see a return to CH days however, merely concerned that we don't have any true depth and class to fill the void at the back should we start piling up injuries.

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    Nutster

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Uncle Stew; just because you are not paranoid doesn't imply they are not out to get you... Archie's probably just put you on the naughty step to keep an element control over you. You are a very mischievous MOG at times. Were you one of Sir Terry Wogan's TOGGs? There was a true Master of Whimsy. RIP.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • ♬··♩¸¸♪··♫ It's not what you know Stew . . . . it's who. I'll put in a good word for you ♬··♩¸¸♪··♫

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • .....Come along now Archie!....Am I banned for some reason today?....If I call myself Stew pid Custard would that be allowed?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Nutster. That is exactly Chris Hughtons' tactic that got us relegated in the first place. Whilst I agree that if you don't concede goals you don't lose but, you don't win either unless you score. So are you advocating return to the CH style ? Or don't you have any faith in Alex Niel ?

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    Egyptian canary

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Still think not buying one more decent central defender will come back and haunt us. Couple of injuries and we're back where we started, clueless and shipping goals. First rule, if you don't let goals in you don't lose, regardless of the number of strikers and wingers we have.

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    Nutster

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • I wonder who's behind the fake Sanders Coaches twitter account? Intriguing story . . . . it's certainly not me that I can tell you ’’›(Ͼ˳Ͽ)‹’’

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • 【ツ】No, no, no Mr SƳƊƝƐƳ, you are incorrect. You predicted ⚽⚽⚽⚽ 4-0, it's there in black and white from article "Can Norwich City dare to dream ahead of Old Trafford outing?" on 17th December . . . . . . at 11:29 【ツ】You're getting a little forgetful

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Derby, I know KievAnderlect had outstanding issues 6 months ago, but have they been resolved yet? If not after 6 months, are they likely to be by the summer? Are we building ourselves around a player who may not be here next season?

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Mr CUSTARD, i stated that changing the team against Man City in the FA Cup was a huge mistake after winning. Not only for the paying fans but disrupting a team that was gaining confidence. Yet I was told nooo the league is important and Stoke etc.. since then we have lost 3 in a row conceding a bucket of goals. I do not expect AN to change the defence re Bassong etc too much hence although Klose maybe be a good asset unfortunately its the others. Maybe next year we will take the Cup seriously, playing Man City with a full squad that was confident was a god litmus test for where we were and what we needed. Oh and I predicted United 2-1 not 4-0. I suspect Spurs will enjoy Tuesday unfortunately, and hopefully AN gets the team right, the structure right, and start to play for 90 mins like Lambert got us to do.

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    Robin Sydney

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Yes we have spent over £20 million but our net spend is still around the £10 million mark so it has been good window for us. Still a few quid left if we want to spend more.

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    VictorM

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • A settled team could see us survive constant tinkering will see us drop.

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    Cyprus Canary

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Lincs Canary I read your comment with interest as I have already said here the home games v Sunderland and Newcastle will determine whether we stay up or not. Mind you tomorrow I'd like a point minimum plus 3 on Saturday too!!!

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    Bogaz John

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Standard Monday MOG's Derby . . . . standard !

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • We now have to finish the season with the squad we have and hope the new signings will improve us. Supporters of any club praise or criticize their players on a weekly basis but we tend to overlook the coaching staff. This season we have been plagued with poor passing, and a continual failure to mark in defense, leading to sloppy goals. Maybe our coaches are not good enough to get the maximum out of players who are struggling to play to a Premiership standard.

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    61canarie

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • surrey, as was posted on another board last week we wanted to buy Mbokani but KievAnderlect have outstanding issues which won;t be resolved any time soon. loving the positivity on here today :|

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    DerbyCanary

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Mr Sydney, it seems ALL your posts are 100% negative. I recall you predicted a 4-0 drubbing at Old Trafford "we do not have the motivation, skill or leadership to win there. We will not get any points until we draw at home to Aston Villa". Are you Townman in disguise?

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • so we are banking on one man really Klose to stop our defence conceding goals. No chance.

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    Robin Sydney

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • As for the stakes getting higher, the BBC points out that last season's PL transfer record of £965m has already been surpassed this season, with the final figure likely to be in excess of £1bn by the end of the day. Spare a thought for those agents and their percentages.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • We have done more than ever before in this window but as Lincs says, many of our nearest and dearest are getting it together as well so let's see what success can be drawn out of this squad, the stakes keep getting higher.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Yes, Lincs, that is the reality of the PL: we can and probably will be outspent by the two big clubs below us. So it is indeed a question of how AN uses and deploys his resources. He has to restructure the central defence and also change the way the team plays, putting more responsibility on midfield and wide men to get back and make significant defensive efforts rather than none or some of the token ones we have seen all too often. Perhaps his best trump would be to get a set pattern of play and a settled team which should enable players to become totally familiar with their jobs and responsibilities. We cannot outplay the better PL teams so we have to level the playing field by being well drilled and consistent. That also means accident-prone players cannot continue to be selected. It is going to be an interesting three and a half months.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Newcastle have made a £23m bid for Berahino which gives perspective to our survival struggle. Unlike us, the Newcastle owner can fund a mid season splurge and wait to recoup his outlay when the tv money finally comes in. And if successful in this bid Newcastle will be adding to quality signings Shelvo, Townsend and Saivet. Sunderland are similarly placed when it comes to spending. So since we can't outspend the teams below us we need Neil to make the best of whatever personnel he ends up with , give us a settled team and eke out results from the difficult fixtures ahead. A point a game might just do it. Can't see us bettering that.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • I still think if he is building around Mbokani then he has to buy him. I understand the Rhodes deal to Middlesborough fell through - should we be offering Blackburn Lafferty plus cash? Still want to see central midfield playmaker and passer to the wingers, and another centre back would be nice as an injury to Klose and we are back where we started.

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, February 1, 2016

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