No panic, but loans still an option for Lambert

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert says he has no need to make early inroads into the loan market.

Lambert missed out on Brighton winger Elliott Bennett a week ago when the January window closed, but with the seven-day cooling off period soon to end, he will be able to make temporary signings.

But while a lot of his previous business has been done early, Lambert says he is content to bide his time.

'I will just see how it goes and if I need to go and do something I will go and do it, but I don't need to panic on anything,' he said.

'You're not going to get every signing you want or every person you want in, that's an impossibility.'

Lambert has always insisted that he is happy to keep faith with the players who have taken City to second in the Championship, but admitted that some of the fees being asked are out of his league, even down the divisions.

'It doesn't matter if it's Premier League ones or Championship,' he said. 'The money you hear about is absolutely ridiculous.

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'It's getting worse. I think some agents have a really high opinion of their players when they haven't really achieved anything.

'If you achieve something then you have justification, but the level we deal with some of them, what they want, we find it's not right. It's more manageable when you go down to that (League Two), but if you are going for somebody at our level or even League One, some of the things are pretty severe, and we can't do it.'

One of his January signings, left-back Marc Tierney, made his full debut in midweek against Millwall, but faces competition for his place from Mr Consistency, Adam Drury, who has shaken off both a head cold and a thigh injury.

It's too soon for midfielder Andrew Surman although Lambert confirmed that he will play in Tuesday's Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final against Dereham Town at Carrow Road. Surman hasn't featured since the end of November because of a knee injury.