No panic buying - Lambert

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert warns the Canaries will not be held to ransom in their January transfer window dealings.

Lambert aims to bolster City's Premier League push with fresh blood to build on an encouraging top flight return – but not at the expense of threatening the club's healthier financial position.

City's elevation to the big league this season guarantees the Canaries a multi-million pound cash injection in television revenue. The Scot, however, has no intention of fuelling the spiralling inflation that grips the month long New Year scramble for players.

'The chairman said it the other day, that the club would never go to the position it was in two years ago. This club is vital to Norwich and Norfolk,' said Lambert.

'I'm pretty sure it won't go the way it did a few years ago. That's why I think it is dangerous to go for January and then go for a player where the value is potentially double what it might be in the summer.


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'That is the problem you have got. We won't have major, major bucketloads of money to spend. We will have a bit to spend and I'll try and get people in who compliment the group that is here.'

Lambert completed a permanent deal for centre back Leon Barnett 12 months ago along with moves for Aaron Wilbraham and Marc Tierney. The City chief confirmed he has targets in mind, but only at the right price.

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'We have to look to give them a hand in that window. That is for sure,' he said. 'It's not a great time to spend money because you can buy for the sake of buying or you can panic buy – which I won't do.

'We'll look at it and if we can get ones in for the right amount of money and it's not inflated we'll try to give the group a hand. There are only 11 games gone and an awful long way to go.

'I think we'll certainly need a hand in that window. I've got one or two in my mind but it's okay having them in your mind and then going and getting them. I'll need to wait nearer the time. There might be one or two who we let go, but that is also something nearer the time that I'll have to see about. It's more important we get people in before I let anybody out.'

Lambert's potential new recruits will again have to comply with his tried and trusted transfer formula.

'I wouldn't put up with somebody trying to disrupt what is already here,' he said. 'If you are talking about 'big time charlies', you tend to find that 'big time charlies' want big time money – which we won't do because of what has been happening.They need to fit into every bit of structure that we have got at this football club because I want destroy the ethos of the club for one single individual.'

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