Norwich City boss ready for mad dash

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert believes he would be foolish to overlook tapping the foreign market ahead of the January transfer window.

Lambert's recruitment drives during his Norwich career have so far focused on mining gems in the lower leagues to equip City for consecutive Football League promotions.

The Canaries' chief labels the annual New Year scramble for fresh blood as pure 'mayhem' – but the Scot and his coaching staff are prepared to consider every option available to try and secure Norwich's Premier League status.

'It's not something you overlook,' he said.

'I know people abroad and there are always people getting thrown into you but you have got to see them with your own eyes to make sure they are capable of doing that. It's like everything with agents and DVDs being sent to me.

'I would never dismiss it, but I have a rough idea of the lads we want to bring in.

'It's part of the game with agents. You have to go with it. Sometimes if the phone rings I'll think, 'No', sometimes I'll think, 'Yes' – that is the game. January will be like any other January. Mayhem.

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'It's not easy. It's a window I don't like because you can just go in and panic buy or bring in lads you don't really want, but for the sake of doing it or other teams inflate the prices. It's a hard one to juggle.'

Lambert knows exactly what he needs to help the Canaries defy many of the pundits who predicted they would make a swift return to the Championship.

City's latest weekend win over Newcastle moved the club seven points clear of the current bottom three – but Lambert warns the hard work has only just begun.

'I'm never quite sure how many players we might need to bring in,' he said. 'There are one or two areas I think you would look to strengthen, there is no doubt about that, but as I said sometimes it is a lot easier to say that than to go and get them in.

'We've had 15 games in it, you'd need about three years to say we belong. There is a long, long way to go, but there is a freshness and a newness about the league right now for us and we are enjoying it.

'We've given ourselves a terrific start, but that is all it is.

'We're competing with teams and we're definitely a handful. If we keep that enthusiasm and desire then we'll see what we can do.

'It's been extraordinary because I think everybody predicted that we would be last, but there is a long, long way to go and it can quickly change.

'We'll just go from game to game and hopefully at the end of this season we'll be in this terrific league.'

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