Norwich City target home comforts in transfer market

PUBLISHED: 08:00 11 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:53 11 June 2015

Graham Dorrans was the first Norwich City summer signing. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Graham Dorrans was the first Norwich City summer signing. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City chief executive David McNally wants the best of British to boost the Canaries’ Premier League squad.

City confirmed a permanent move for Scottish international Graham Dorrans following the Wembley play-off success, and McNally feels the top flight new boys will focus their transfer activity closer to home when the window officially opens on July 1.

“I think we have greater knowledge in the domestic market than we have the international markets,” he said. “But if we were bringing in six or seven the chance is the majority will be British-based players, although in the Premier League you also have to be aware of the international scene and look to Europe for one or two.

“We’ve already signed Graham Dorrans, and he was hugely influential in our successful conclusion to the season. He is a proven Premier League player, so we are delighted he has joined the squad.

“I would imagine there will be some activity in June but it won’t be complete and the transfer activity will continue into July. That is the nature of a lot of things, because the market at this moment is always in a quieter period.”

City released the likes of Luciano Becchio, Javier Garrido and Mark Bunn following promotion, and McNally confirmed Alex Neil is looking for quality not quantity in his summer recruitment drive.

“The facts are certain players have left the club so there are places in the squad we need to fill,” he said. “The squad is strong but we need to support the strong players in a way that ensures anyone who joins improves the group. We are going to be very careful that happens.

“We’ll see what the summer brings but I think we would be happier if it was five, six or seven players joining than 10, 11, 12 to give us more chance to ensure they can fit in.”

City were linked with former West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu on Thursday with the 28-year-old a free agent following his release from the Hawthorns.

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