Cameron Jerome backs Norwich City striker transfer hunt

Cameron Jerome is looking at the bigger picture with Norwich City targeting transfer signings. Pictu

Cameron Jerome is looking at the bigger picture with Norwich City targeting transfer signings. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Cameron Jerome aims to prove he is Norwich City's leading man despite the hunt for new strikers.

City aim to attract fresh firepower to Carrow Road before the end of the summer transfer window but Jerome is in no mood to budge.

'I am fully aware the club are trying to bring a player or two in but I would welcome the additions,' he said. 'It can only benefit the squad in the long run and me on a personal level to make sure I raise my game. It is no secret the club is looking to strengthen in that department and we have lost a couple of bodies in that part of the squad this summer who haven't been replaced so far.

'I know there isn't as many bodies at present to share the load. We have young Carlton Morris, who has been around the squad since pre-season, and Kyle Lafferty, so obviously it is quite healthy to have that competition and I am sure the rest of the boys would say the same to come in and push us on.'

Jerome plundered 20 goals in City's successful Championship promotion push in 2015 and the frontman is in no doubt Alex Neil's squad will carve out plenty of chances this time round in the second tier.

'The manager has spoken about the players in behind and the attacking options we have,' he said. 'For the forward boys there should be more opportunities to score. We have some really bright, intelligent young players who can have an impact this season, and hopefully they can give me some assists. I don't set targets. I try to make sure I am in the team first and foremost and then take it from there.

'I might have a target in my own mind to hit halfway through the season but our goal as a team is to achieve promotion, whether that is one player scoring 30 goals or spread across the side and chipping in. If we do that I am sure the manager and players will be happy.'

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Neil revealed on Thursday he would be keen on a potential reunion with Dieumerci Mbokani and the Scot insists the Canaries have the financial muscle to pounce in the transfer market.

City missed out on Ross McCormack and Steven Fletcher to big-spending Championship rivals Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday earlier this summer but Neil is under no pressure to offload players to land his top targets.

'With the market and the way it is if you need to buy a striker and they are asking for £15m then of course you need to move somebody on because it is a lot of money. If it's a normal deal then that isn't the case,' he said. 'No club has an endless pit of money. The bottom line is the more you are quoted then you might have to juggle things about. There is money to spend and we are trying to spend it.

'The last thing I want is it sitting in the bank. We want to do keep a strong squad. There is only going to be movement if we feel it has to be done or players here feel their time on the pitch is going to be limited and want to leave. Certainly at this moment in time I wouldn't expect a huge amount of movement in terms of players leaving.'

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