Alex Neil steps up his transfer quest at Norwich City

Norwich City boss Alex Neil insists the Canaries are on track to make more signings in the January t

Norwich City boss Alex Neil insists the Canaries are on track to make more signings in the January transfer window. Photo: Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Alex Neil insists it is full steam ahead in Norwich City's January transfer quest, but the Canaries' boss has reiterated his club will not break the bank this month.

Deals for Matt Jarvis and Ivo Pinto have already been completed and Neil aims to do more business following the departures of Elliott Bennett to Blackburn and a return to Bournemouth for Lewis Grabban, in a deal poised to net the club £8m.

City head to Stoke City in the Premier League on Wednesday and then the big-spending Cherries, who also added Benik Afobe for a reported club record £10m fee earlier this week.

Norwich had three enquiries knocked back for the striker last summer, but Neil has made it clear the Canaries will not get involved in auctions with their top flight rivals.

'We have got money, we are prepared to spend money and we are looking to strengthen the squad,' he said. 'In terms of what we are willing to pay we won't break our structure. I am relatively happy just now and hope to be even happier as the window develops. We have not had any stumbling blocks so far. The negotiations we have been involved in have gone relatively well and nothing is at the point where we have had to cut things off or go in a different direction. Everything we have done is positive. We've started reasonably well and we have a little bit of work to do between now and the end of the window.'

Neil admits City can do nothing about price inflation in the market, with clubs looking to cash in on a fresh multi-billion pound broadcast deal available at the end of this current season.

'I think it makes it tougher with the new deal around the corner but other teams make it a tough window as well because they demand top dollar,' said Neil. 'I am sure we will be doing the same for our players, so really it is difficult to add players in this window, full stop.

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'Some people will see Norwich as an attractive proposition to come and live and play. Others won't, for whatever reason. I think we are faring relatively well so far. We have brought Matt Jarvis in on a permanent, we have now brought Pinto in and Elliott (Bennett) and now Lewis have left.'