Chris Hughton will take any January transfer interest in his Norwich City players as a huge compliment.

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The Canaries’ chief believes the depth of quality at his disposal and the club’s recent upturn in Premier League fortunes means it is inevitable there will be speculation regarding potential New Year exits.

Wes Hoolahan and John Ruddy have been linked with surprise Carrow Road moves, but Hughton insisted yesterday he had received no approaches for any of his men.

“We have already seen players mentioned to our club and maybe players mentioned going elsewhere, but there is no truth in it,” he said. “These are the things you have to put up with. It is part of transfer window time. They are a real good group of players. They train well each day and there is good competition for places. One thing that I have been really pleased with is the quality of player that we have. We have good players here.

“It hasn’t been the case, but any calls you do possibly get regarding your own players means they must be doing something right. If they are then it very much benefits the team. Speculation surrounding the players is normal. We are at a period now where we are approaching January and the agents are very, very busy. They are making their phone calls and speculation is part and parcel of the game.”

Hoolahan’s contract situation is common knowledge, with the Dubliner’s current Norwich deal running until June 2014, but Hughton reiterated the Irishman is a key part of his plans.

“All contract talks are always done behind the scenes and they are personal matters within a club,” he said.

“We are always very conscious of how long someone has left and what they mean to us and all that work takes place behind the scenes.

“He is a player that is playing very well at the moment. Fortunately for us he has 18 months left of his contract. If there is anything mentioning him with other clubs, you have to bear in mind it is only speculation. This is a player who is very much in our plans, who is playing in the team and like I say playing very well.”

Hughton believes City’s impressive run of late is a testament to the club’s astute recruitment policy during the previous transfer window, with six of his signings starting the Manchester United win.

“When I came here in the summer I was made aware that funds would be made available but what I was very conscious of is that we have a very good squad already,” he said. “I have good players and it was just trying to get the right balances so I was keen to do that. I have been delighted with the input of the lads we brought in. It is never easy to integrate into a new squad and credit must go to the ones who were already here.”

Hughton revealed one of those summer additions, defender Michael Turner, is ‘touch and go’ for tomorrow’s trip to Everton after damaging his shoulder against United. He is optimistic Ruddy will be fit to face his former club despite injuring his knee in the closing stages of the 1-0 victory.

“It was that collision at the end of the game and it was literally the last ten seconds,” said Hughton. “It wasn’t the collision with Paul Scholes as such, but more how he went down. It was a little bit sore the following day and so there is always a little bit of concern, but he had it checked out and he has come through that. He is looking to train and we will make a decision on it but we are delighted with the progress he has made. He has just done some individual training with Dave (Watson) as opposed to training within the group, but the good news he is fine.

“Michael took a knock in the same game so he will be touch and go but we are hopeful he will be okay. He is another one who hasn’t trained since the United match.”

Russell Martin has returned to full training after his back injury and could make the trip. Hughton also confirmed Tottenham loan striker Harry Kane is poised to return to the club before the hectic Christmas period following his foot surgery.

“Yes he is making good progress. The decision we had to make is where he is in his rehab stage,” said Hughton. “He is running now and we could bring him back here for that period, but he is still better off at Tottenham because I think it benefits him to be in familiar surroundings. We’ll give it another couple of weeks perhaps to the stage where he can really get himself involved in some football and bring him back.

“Russell has had two days training, which is good, so he is pushing on. There is a chance he will travel with us (to Everton). ”

10 comments

  • Could be worse. 1p5wich's players are only wanted for questioning!

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    B Inners

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • As that iconic brewer of dreadful beer, Tolly Cobbold, used to say of their imported ersatz lager, "You hef the question, we hef the Harnser".

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • All players are 'replaceable' Pa Snipps, as we replaced Theoklitos and Sibierski. The question is, can we afford to let them go, and in January? At present Ruddy is probably the best English keeper in the Premier League, and Hollahoop out shone Carrick and Giggs. City are not in a position financially to need to sell, so lets be more positive and see who will come in for our loanees if they are released.

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    Soglio Star

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • How I read it is this Hoots polite way to say to the agents out there sod off...we know our players are good and the team works so we will keep it that way! Also his comment about contracts being between player and club, I take that to be, you may not see what we are doing during the transfer window to bring players in until they are virtually in. OTBC

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    Singapore Canary

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • Seems like CH is 'repairing' some of his comments from earlier in the week. Good job too. I have a feeling also that Wenger and Sir Alex will have noticed a certain goalkeeper keeping their teams at bay in recent games with the Canaries. JR has been massive in recent games and I cannot understand why he did not get a game for England against Sweden a few days ago, especially when just about every other position was being tested.

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    Kent Anglian

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Interest in `Arry the Barra Boy seems to be escalating. As you`d anticipate from his denials on MOTD, he`s being lined up to take over from Mark Hughes at Quintessentially Pathetic Rangeless. Hoopless. Taarabt\Taraabt will be available. No thanks, we have Wes. Though I do hear Hoops has bought a share in an Irish pub in Newmarket. Then most proper Irish guys have bought shares in pubs Worldwide. :-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Ruddy may be good, very good, but is replaceable....Hoolahan is NOT

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    Pa Snipps

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Yes indeed, Pa!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • I think you`re right, Kent Anglian. It also looks like Barra `Arry`s denials have come to fruition; he`s QPR - bound. Already opened a bank account in West London for his dog. Btw Swiss`s comments on another stream ref "Who shot JR?", poor Larry Hagman has just gone to the great oil refinery in the sky.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • I am starting to miss Lambo's ability to say absolutely nothing but a string of meaningless clichés

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, November 23, 2012

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