Norwich City boss Chris Hughton prepared to bide his time in January transfer window
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Chris Hughton is prepared to go right to the wire in the January transfer window to bolster Norwich City’s Premier League survival bid.
City, along with nine of their top flight rivals, have yet to make a firm market move and the Canaries’ chief predicts another mad dash to try and do business in keeping with the annual New Year scramble.
Hughton has already been linked with a clutch of potential additions - Leeds’ striker Luciano Becchio is the latest reported target added to a growing list – but Hughton believes the pace will start to quicken across the board as the clock ticks towards this month’s deadline.
“What we have seen, certainly in the last few windows, is a tremendous amount of transfers being done in the last few days,” he said. “That allows teams to lift the prices and perhaps a little bit of desperation comes into play as well. Invariably what happens is a late rush so for as much as everybody says it might not happen, the last few days are always busy for most clubs. We are doing as much work as we can, not just these weeks during January, but the months leading into this period. If it is right and appropriate to do some business then we will do.”
Hughton has ruled out a hectic month’s trading for the Canaries, who successfully recruited midfielder Jonny Howson and defender Ryan Bennett in the previous January window 12 months ago.
“No, I don’t expect to be busy. We are, as most clubs will try to do, looking to strengthen the squad,” he said. “If there are players there we will endeavour to do that but I don’t envisage massive changes. It is difficult because it is not a good time to bring in players. Last January we brought in a couple, but we will continue to try working. January is notoriously not a great time to bring in players. You have to make sure they are the right players at the right price and value which is why at this moment not a lot of business has been done.”
The experienced City boss admits the fixed transfer window model adopted in recent seasons has its drawbacks.
“I think you get used to it. I am not quite sure what the best system is now,” he said.
“Do we go back to the old system where you could perform transfers at any time, and is that a system that favours the bigger clubs that are able at will to pick which ever players they want, or do you stick with the system we have now? Both structures have their positives and negatives. We have got used to this market now.
“I think the tough bit about this market is it can unsettle players, no doubt about that. I am not sure what the best system is, but this is how it is and we have to work around the best way we can.”