Norwich City chief executive David McNally has told supporters the Canaries have yet to make any bids for potential January transfer window recruits.

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McNally fielded a variety of questions on his personal Twitter account both on Sunday evening and Monday morning in response to weekend reports linking City with strike trio Craig Mackail-Smith, Utrecht’s Jacob Mulenga and Monaco’s Ibrahima Toure.

McNally tweeted on Monday morning: “Despite what you may read in the newspapers today, we have not made bids for any players at this stage.”

In response to one national newspaper report that City were weighing up a second offer for Senegal forward Toure – the 27-year-old has scored 19 goals in 23 domestic matches in France this season – after their opening bid of £2.5m was rejected, McNally responded by saying: “Nothing in it. We have not made a bid for him.”

Another widespread rumour that surfaced online prior to the weekend’s 4-3 Premier League defeat to Manchester City suggested Zambia striker Mulenga has already visited Carrow Road ahead of a move from Dutch side Utrecht. McNally’s response was a simple: “No.”

Mulenga is currently top scorer for Utrecht in the Dutch Eredivisie with seven goals in 16 appearances, but is unlikely to be available until late January with the striker off to the Africa Cup of Nations to help Zambia, coached by former Cambridge United manager Herve Renard, defend their title in South Africa.

Brighton front player Mackail-Smith was heavily touted with a summer move to Norfolk, with one national newspaper on Saturday claiming Chris Hughton is again poised to revive his interest in the £3m-rated former Peterborough United frontman, who was previously on ex-Canaries’ boss Paul Lambert’s radar.

Inevitably, while the in-tray has been the subject of most speculation as Hughton aims to bolster City’s Premier League survival bid, there could well be departures. City welcome back loan players Simon Lappin, from Cardiff, Chris Martin, from Swindon, Elliott Ward, from Nottingham Forest and Jacob Butterfield, from Bolton, this week – and not all will be confident of being named in the new 25-man squads which have to be submitted once the window has closed.

Not surprisingly, Chelsea look set to be among the biggest Premier League New Year spenders, having reportedly sealed a £7.5m deal for Newcastle striker Demba Ba.

Struggling Queens Park Rangers are rumoured to be looking to sign Joe Cole from Liverpool, Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila, Marseille striker Loic Remy and West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame. Liverpool have themselves denied suggestions they have bid £9.5m for Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder.

The link between Manchester United and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo refuses to go away – with a £60m fee mentioned, with Old Trafford keeper David de Gea and winger Nani part of the deal. And Sunderland want to sign former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill, 33, on loan from New York Red Bulls.

32 comments

  • That could be it, CW. I couldn`t help being concerned when Tettey went off `cos he`s been so influential. I suppose against 10 men it was seen by Hoots as less of a gamble. We had 15 minutes after Cafu`s goal to get back in that game but didn`t quite deliver in the "front third".

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • We must never again 'go with what we've got'. We're in a great position to push on and cement our position in the top league. MB please log out after sending a comment. It only takes seconds to get back in and no double posting will happen! Happy new year to ALL the NCFC fans on here and may the fleas of a thousand camels infest the trolls and 2 thousand for the man who claims to have girlfriends and players as friends and all that other tosh he spouts!

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    baguio

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Btw, Rasputin`s "Love Machine" comment was very Ged-esque. And a line from a pop song?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Indeed he was a Russian. One of, if not their greatest love machines so I've heard.

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    Rasputin was a C...

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Is Tettey injured or was he just withdrawn for a fresher pair of legs? In light of that, maybe it would be wise to keep The King of Spain as midfield cover & for left back? He`s a tenacious tackler. Perhaps there is another chapter for Lapps @ The Carra? Good pro, fine fellow. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Maybe they'll unearth a good Belgian-everyone else seems to have got one.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Fair comment, Capri, but some of Lambert`s own striker signings haven`t exactly set the World on fire; Morison, Jackson & Vaughan. Conversely, Hoots` defensive signings are now the backbone of our squad. I`ll feel better when we end this losing "streak" & get close to that magic 40 points. I wonder if young Harry Kane might have a major part to play - Roy of the Rovers stuff!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Btw, baguio, that "man" who spouts the tosh is, in fact, both a "man" & a "woman". A hermaphrodite, like earthworms.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • We already have a good Belgian; Brussell Sprout. Sorry. Happy New Year!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • If Paul Lambert was still at Carrow Road he would have made signings which would have given City a better attacking threat. Not sure about the defence though. We would probably be letting in more than we would score.. Not as many as Villa are conceding, mind. Will they go down with QPR and Reading?.

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    Capri

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Rasputin was a cat? Are you sure about that - I thought he was a Russian.

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    KelvedonCanary

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • mackail=smith thats a lot for the back of the shirt

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • I would be fine about Mackail-Smith coming to Carra Rud. He works extremely hard for the team, a la Holt, and does have some good technique which would fit in with our formation. I don't know much about the others that have been mentioned though. The positive thing is that we are in a strong position to bring in people that will improve the side, and I am sure that whoever we bring in will be a carefully thought out signing. As for our losing run, Brewer, I'm not too worried. I was at the Chelsea game and, while it was a fair scoreline, if we play like that against the majority of teams in this division we will pick up points. They will go again and we will be fine, unless we get a whole raft of injuries to key players. OTBC & IHWT

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • "Cafu" seems to be our best striker at the moment! Pity his 3 recent goals have earned nil pointe, though.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Oh god, everyone is going to go into full idiot mode for January, arent they. Anyone we buy won't be good enough and show "Lack of ambition" Fans need to calm down and trust in Hughton and his team.

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    Steady On

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • If you're reading this Mr. McN, please go for Carlos Bacca, Colombian striker, only cost FC Bruges a million a year ago, since then has scored 23 goals in the Belgian first division, 17 in the last 16 games, 73 goals in Colombia before that, would be a perfect foil for Holty or could play up front on his own, just check him out on youtube and you'll be on the next plane to Begium. Trust me, I live in Colombia. (Thinks ... perhaps I shouldn't have said that).

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Do not panic guys. I think what McNally is saying is, that no bids have, as yet, been tabled for any particular player. I'm am sure that Hoots will use this window very wisely and get in just the right players to help build on what he has achieved thus far. For the moment, let's get three points against the Hammers; we are due a big score win; maybe this is the day for that!! otbc

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    Canarygirl

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • Sorry, baguio.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • Oh boy, here we go again; silly season once more and the "cattle market" begins!!! Saying that, Hoots will make very astute signings that will help our team move forward into the second half of the season. I'm so glad we don't need to do what QPR will be trying to do; buy their way out of trouble!! And as for Paul Lambert at Villa; sorry but he is way out of his depth. He left us just at the right time; I hate to think where we would be now if he were still in charge. Thank goodness for the good sense of McNarly, Delia and Alan Bowkett. Onwards and upwards otbc

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    Canarygirl

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Not Mickail-Smith please.

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    Trevor Sadd

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Or Dempsey? Both would want far too much cash for their Agent, unfortunately.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • Whatever happens, I feel that any new additions will be good long term signings. We are going to get plenty of speculation over the next month, most of which will be the usual media rubbish as they try and create stories to sell papers. On a personal level, I can't see that Mackail-Smith will add that much to the team right now.

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • After watching CMS against newcastle yesterday, I agree he would be a total waste of money, especially at £3million! I know you can't judge a player on one game, but he gave the ball away far too often and had little or no ball control! We could do with striker cover but what about Lampard.....!!!

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    Gary Guymer

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • Look McNally, just get real. I told you the other day do not sign CMS! He's an average Championship striker nothing more, he'll be useful for us when we get relegated but not until then!! Now I've heard we are looking at Murray from Palace, he's even worse. Clubsajoke. Ged - Fan Spokesman

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    Ged Steroo

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • MB I think Tettey was withdrawn as Howson is a more attacking midfield option. Effectively meant we went from 2 defensive1 attacking midfielders, to 2 attacking1 defensive midfielders. It did seem to make a difference.

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • We already have a good Belgian; Brussell Sprout. Sorry. Happy New Year!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Is Tettey injured or was he just withdrawn for a fresher pair of legs? In light of that, maybe it would be wise to keep The King of Spain as midfield cover & for left back? He`s a tenacious tackler. Perhaps there is another chapter for Lapps @ The Carra? Good pro, fine fellow. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Typical little Norwich. How long before we hear "We'll go with what we've got!" lulz

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    Rasputin was a C...

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • I think Tettey was taken off because for some reason he was off the pace, most of his playing time on Sat. he was not his usual self and not coping very well. Notice that McNally said "YET" HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL CANARY FANS.

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    goldie

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • If he is not considering getting a striker in all I can say is he should be because apart from Holt we have no striker of note as was proved on Saturday OTBC

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    leslie cater

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • thanks for proving my point...

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    Steady On

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Little ole Norwich is one of the few clubs being run prudently so if it ain't better than we've got already why waste money in buying, hence "We will go with what we have", nothing to do with little Norwich, simply commonsense!

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    blackdog2

    Monday, December 31, 2012

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