Norwich City step up recruitment drive for Premier League tilt

Graham Dorrans could become Norwich City's first summer signing. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Im

Graham Dorrans could become Norwich City's first summer signing. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd 5 - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

David McNally is quick to dispel the notion the Canaries' thrilling Championship play-off final win against Middlesbrough at Wembley puts then at a disadvantage for their latest crack at the Premier League.

The Canaries accompanied champions Bournemouth and second-placed Watford out of the Football League but needed three epic games and three more weeks of the season to get the job done.

City's superb 2-0 victory over the Teessiders on Bank Holiday Monday will live long in the memory after a 30-year wait for a return to the national stadium, but McNally insisted on Tuesday, as he spoke at the team hotel overlooking the famous arch, City are not going to play catch up.

'I don't think we are at a disadvantage to the other promoted clubs,' he said. 'We had two plans with not knowing which league we would be in until Bank Holiday Monday, luckily it is the Premier League plan we can focus on now, but some of those preparations we looked at in tandem. That is all in place, but we sit down with Alex (Neil) and see what we need to do in terms of any trading. Of course we will look at where we need to strengthen because there will be players leaving the football club, but it is a strong squad.'

City's summer recruitment drive may begin with confirmation of a permanent deal for West Brom loanee Graham Dorrans. The Scottish international midfielder made a late cameo at Wembley and was a prime target for Neil in the January transfer window prior to the collapse of a proposed transfer deal.

City's top brass must also decide on where club record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel plays his footbal next season, after a loan stint at French Ligue One club St Etienne.

The Greens negotiated an option to buy the Dutch striker, and McNally plans to hold further discussions with his French counterparts.

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'I have been talking to them pretty regularly and in the view of St Etienne he has had a decent season there,' he said. 'Now they have finished their season and we have will have a chat with them and see where it takes us. With Graham, we would love to get that one completed as quickly as we can, but I have to say this is the best squad in my time at the club.

'We have lots of players with good Premier League experience. We also have international players so I am sure the squad we have got deserve a crack next season.'

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