June 19 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has admitted defender Curtis Davies is his type of player – but stopped short of saying whether he would be making an offer to former club Birmingham for the 27-year-old.
Centre-half Davies has been tipped for a reunion with Hughton at Carrow Road, though new St Andrew’s boss Lee Clark insists there have been no bids for the former England Under-21 international.
“I do like him very much and he’s a player I admire,” said Hughton. “What I am doing at the moment is assessing what we need and possibly what might be available.
“It’s normal stuff, you make inquiries on which players might be available through agents and clubs. But everything we do we always do the right way. Anything that’s ever reported is never coming from us but, yes, he is a player I do like and I had the opportunity to work with.”
Asked if that meant he would be making a bid, Hughton said: “It’s not a yes, but it’s a player I do like, as with lots of other players. It’s the responsibity of our scouting network to identify players but that is an ongoing process week in, week out.
“Numbers wise the squad is big enough but it will be my decision over the next few weeks in this pre-season period on what I bring in and where I feel that we could do with strengthening.
“If you are going to bring players in, it is ideal to bring them in as early as possible but on most occasions that’s not the case. There hasn’t been much business done but over the next three or four weeks there will be.
“There might be positions where I feel I don’t need to strengthen and there might be positions where, for what’s available, I think we’ve got better here.
“Normally when a new manager comes in he wants to assess what he has. What I have is a team that has done well with good team spirit. I do want to improve the squad we’ve got but I have to be very conscious there’s a lot of good here and you don’t want to remove too much of that. It is important to keep what’s good here.
“But at the moment I do have the capability to be able to strengthen the squad and I would like to do that.”
Earlier this week, Clark said: “The club haven’t had an offer for Curtis and, from what I have seen, he looks extremely happy at this football club.”