‘There are perhaps one or two more opportunities’ – Farke expects more arrivals for Canaries
Norwich City’s transfer business is not completed yet, head coach Daniel Farke has suggested.
Sheffield Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes was heavily tipped to complete a season long loan switch late on Monday night, after the Canaries reportedly thrashed out a deal with the Owls.
Rhodes is set for a medical and to finalise personal terms that would see him become the sixth Norwich signing of a busy summer, which also included the big-money sales of James Maddison and Josh Murphy to balance the books.
Farke is happy with the way his squad is shaping up, but speaking after the opening friendly at King’s Lynn, revealed he expects more arrivals before the transfer deadline on August 9, with the loan window open until August 31.
“I think the big pressure is away, we have a really strong squad,” Farke said. “We will always be awake and looking forward to what is possible and what can we do.
“It was important to us to look at scoring goals and it was possible to make some additions to the squad. We will stay awake and I think there are perhaps one or two more opportunities but we will see how it develops.”
Much may now depend on fringe players such as Russell Martin and Yanic Wildschut following Steven Naismith out of the exit door, while the futures of Ivo Pinto and Nelson Oliveira remain unclear.
Pinto has been linked with Dusseldorf, following the loan arrival of fellow right-back Felix Passlack on loan for Borussia Dortmund, while loan links to the likes of Rhodes and young Liverpool forward Ben Woodburn have emerged.
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“It could be that sometimes we sell a player but now we can invest to improve the squad and I think that is quite good,” Farke said ahead of tonight’s pre-season friendly at Lincoln City (7.45pm).
“In the last 12 months earning so much money, I think it was really crucial for the club and extraordinary work that we were able to sort out this situation within 12 months.
“To be honest, not so easy from the sporting side because last season we were struggling to score goals and when you have to sell your best two goal-scorers in James Maddison and Josh Murphy, I think 26 goals and nearly 20 assists are gone, it’s not so easy to cope with this from the sporting side. So we got the feeling with the opportunity we had to spend a bit of the money we earned.
“I have the feeling we have got some really good solutions. We have been able to strengthen the squad in several areas and pretty early, so for that I am pretty pleased and I have a pretty good feeling at the moment.”