Norwich City will not be slow off the mark in January transfer horse-trading

Norwich City manager Alex Neil aims to learn from the club's summer transfer struggles. Picture by P

Norwich City manager Alex Neil aims to learn from the club's summer transfer struggles. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil insists Norwich City will not be caught short in the January transfer stakes.

The Canaries missed out on a number of targets in the summer but Neil attributes much of that frustration to City's play-off success and the delay in finalising their buying strategy.

He said: 'A lot of the stuff in the summer was not in our hands. Our planning had to be later because with the play-offs we didn't know what league we were playing in and that made things difficult, but this time around if we are pursuing players and it doesn't happen we have an alternative route to go down. In the summer once deals had fallen through we had nowhere to go.'

City failed in a summer bid for Everton midfielder Steven Naismith, who has been touted again with a Carrow Road switch in recent days, after making it clear he is unhappy at his bit-part role with the Toffees.

'Steven was one we looked at in the summer but it doesn't necessarily mean we are looking at him still,' said Neil.

'We have our targets we have discussed, that plan is in place and we will set about trying to get it done.

'I am not going to get into specifics about individual players. The fact is he is an Everton player so it is unfair for me to comment.

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'We have our targets and we are looking at quite a few areas.

'There was business we were looking to do in the summer and we found it quite tough to get players in for a variety of reasons so come January we will be looking to add, but the same rules apply in terms of what is available and who you can get across the line and in the door.'