Chris Hughton is not envious at the spending power of some of Norwich City’s Premier League rivals.

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City have lodged multi-million pound January transfer window offers for Celtic striker Gary Hooper and Swansea’s Danny Graham, but the Canaries do not possess the financial muscle of the majority of their top flight rivals.

Liverpool’s £12m acquisition, Daniel Sturridge, proved his class in the Reds’ 5-0 Premier League weekend win at Anfield with his third goal in three games since a recent high-profile Chelsea switch. QPR’s £8m French recruit, Loic Remy, also opened his goal account on his English debut at West Ham after snubbing Newcastle’s interest to spearhead Rangers’ survival bid.

Hughton accepts the disparity that exists within the elite, but the City manager is convinced his club will do everything they can to try and bridge the divide in the remaining days of the window.

“That is where they are and what they are able to do and a group of clubs can do that. We have to do things our way,” he said. “It is never that easy but we’ll keep going right the way through. It is something that we want to do, but perhaps people don’t understand how difficult it is.

“If you look at what Liverpool paid for him (Sturridge) I would imagine that will be money well spent. It wasn’t just him but if I looked at the quality that Liverpool had, even looking at their bench they had so many offensive options. You look at QPR spending big money bringing in Loic Remy, who scores on his debut, and that is another example of what these clubs are capable of doing.”

Hughton may have identified high-class attacking reinforcements to bolster Norwich’s Premier League prospects, but the City chief also knows Liverpool exposed defensive frailties.

“We’re always conscious we’re not a Manchester United or Arsenal or Chelsea and we’re going to have bad days,” he said.

“It’s the nature of our league and where we are, but when it’s a team in good form there is always that fear that it is going to be a big one. Even at 2-0 we had a decent period and then the third one went in, and if I look at the goals, the disappointing ones, the second goal was a really disappointing one for us.

“I thought it was awful defending. The third one was their first goal in the second half, which got them going again, and the last one I thought was another poor goal.

“There is always that fear. Sometimes it’s very difficult when they’re in a flow like they are. Ultimately you try to do what you can to stem that flow, but sometimes you also have to hold your hands up and say, ‘I thought they were excellent’. They would have given anybody a really good game.”

20 comments

  • Well Your way hasn't produced one single result has it. I do wonder if they were serious offers for Hooper, or a show the fans we ARE doing something. Why don't you say I'll go with what I have got, and play Michael Turner in attack, like a previous manager started life in the premiership. The way we play looks like he is still here If this was an issue as to why Lambert left, I can understand that

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    gordon52

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • I am with you Steady On. Some rather arrogant posters think they can do a better job than our very able manager. I invite them to step into the arena. Second guessing is easy.

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    canary_canuck

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • That is so true, Erpingham. Celtic is the ONLY Club in the SPL that might warrant a place in the EPL. They effectively play Championship\L1- quality opposition week-in, week-out + the occasional foray into Europe. There are 20 Clubs in England more worthy of a place in Europe than Celtic. They`re not all in the Prem, either....... Let`s have Murray and Austin.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Hooper has scored goals for the only real club in a mickey-mouse League. 5 million is probably about the right price for someone who has yet to put boots on against premiership teams. If they don't want our money, move on guys. I know David Mac and Hughton are working hard, and I know where we are as a club. To the moaners...get real.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • I gather Celtic have now been talking Hooper up even more and a figure of £10 million has been mentioned! In which case why are we wasting valuable time on him? At this stage of the season, if you want better value look overseas. It's a big world out there and if our scouting system is as good as has been suggested, we ought to have targeted some players from outside our shores shouldn't we?

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Oh please Chris Hughton carry on doing it your way. How many points have you gained out of the last 18 possible? You are doing just great.

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    Laughalot

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Mr Hughton,when you became manager of this club, the team was not boiling, but was nicely on simmer... It was not in need of major surgery, but perhaps needed a few warts removed, and a spoonful of encouragement ….In your wisdom and experience it needed the surgery, and some new parts, which you acquired from various available sources... Attaching them to the body you have sewn some of them on in the wrong places. May I suggest you have an urgent examination of the patient, and rectify your mistakes....A competent surgeon would not need to purchase new equipment to get him out of trouble, but get on with what he had. ...If you need a second opinion, I feel sure that reading these columns could enlighten you.

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    Pa Snipps

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • I joined up with the rest of the Travelling Throng. Got a decent seat down the front...All of a sudden they started shouting “ewe arr yer” and I felt awful. When we got home, I went and bought myself a Yellow City Shirt, and some green shorts. The lady in the shop said what name do you want on the shirt, so I said Stew Pydsodd so that everyone would know who I was. She said “I can only get Stewpydd on the back, what do you want done with the rest”. Oh I said,” put the odds in my shorts”.

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Completely agree Steady On. If we offer Celtic money and Celtic moan most posters seem to take Celtic's side. If Hughton says something we have people on demanding apologies. I personally think we were terrible at Fulham, Worthington out!

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Never keen on Frank Sinatra. His daughter, Nancy, was OK. I liked her song "These Boots are made for Walking". Somebody should play it to Hooper and point him towards Carra Rud.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • What fails to get a mention is that we can not afford or justify the wages of some of those 'special buys'. Making combined bids of £10M or so is ambitious but City couldn't buy one £10M player then pay him. Unless of course the masses stepped in and agreed to some quite high ticket price rises. It's how it is, no point moaning about it. I'll be absolutely honest and say that as much as I'd love to see City challenging for big prizes, I'd hate to see it at the expense of being bought out by some rich kid. City fans follow the team as a passion or love. Most of the followerssheeples of the bigger teams don't even know what the ground of their chosen team looks like, apart from what they see in pictures or on t.v. and only support them because they won something last year. Next year they'll be wearing a different badge on a different coloured shirt. It doesn't matter which league we're in, the same people will still be here.

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    Bootneck R.M.

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Unfortunately, the Norwich City history as I have studied going back to when we finished 3rd in the top division (we could've won the league on the last game of the season) seems to be so near but yet so far, and the good times don't last all that long. I don't want to be pessimistic but we definitely need to raise our game hugely from these last 6 games otherwise we may just be embroiled in a relegation battle that will be as feisty as ever this year for the TV revenue. I think spending more to maintain our near and around mid table status is a must, especially as next season that mid table place will produce £95-100 million pounds.

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    Billy

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • I have heard that our friend Lambert has got his out of the cupboard again

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • The rate some people go on about money, I wonder if they've considered supporting traders on the stock exchange instead?

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • He has the knack of jumping before he`s pushed. He looked a worried man at the Bradford match. We should be in that Final!!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Well said Bootneck, just look at the vitriol on this site when the new prices were announced. There are many people around that are absolutely excellent at spending other people's money.

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • I hope you mean Ruby Murray and Tracey Austin, MB, I really do. Hooper's a bit of a gamble but we can't afford him anyway. Your choices wouldn't cut it IMO. Yes, I've seen both play. OTCC (On The Cheap City)

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Are our fans this stupid all year of is it the transfer window that turns them into spoilt little brats? Get behind Hughton or go and support Manu, you sound pathetic!

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • I'm sorry.....but this is PR "Horlicks!" OK....we dont have a rich owner, like QPR, but QPR recognise the need to spend to survive. I'm not suggesting we go overboard like QPR can, but we must spend to a level where we can survive and get the big bucks next season. It was pointless offering another "tuppence halfpenny" on top of the £5M for Hooper. Anything less than £6M was pointless. Is Hughton saying "We are just a Championship club punching above our weight"? We are the 2nd lowest spenders in the Premiership. That doesnt suggest ambition...it suggests an acceptance that we are probably more suited to the championship. Hughton doesnt want to spend big money???? It didn't stop him at Newcastle.....a club with ambition.

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    Algarve Canary

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • I agree 100% with Bootneck. This modern phenomenon of "sheepling" is truly pathetic. For instance, we have people round here who "support" Chelsea and sport all the paraphernalia in the pub. Try to engage in a conversation (NOT confrontation) about "their club" and you are quickly aware that they know NOTHING about their club, past or present, beyond the last win. Defeats are instantly forgotten. It`s all about bragging and tribalism. Boneheads. Chelsea epitomises all that is wrong in football - which IS a beautiful game, but unfortunately "followed" by some seriously unlovely people. I buy into the Bootneck vision - keep the Faith! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

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