Chris Hughton is fully prepared to make further signings to equip Norwich City for Premier League combat.

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The Canaries’ chief sealed a double deal for Leeds captain Robert Snodgrass and Sunderland centre-back Michael Turner on the eve of Saturday’s 2-0 friendly win at Peterborough.

Both could play some part in tomorrow’s home opener against Ajax after following Steven Whittaker and Jacob Butterfield to Norfolk this summer. Hughton insists City will continue to take an active interest in the transfer market – but only if the figures add up.

“We have a certain budget and we have to conduct our business within that,” he said. “Will we be paying the same wages of the top clubs? No, we won’t, but we are not alone in that. We won’t be the only ones.

“We have to cut our cloth accordingly and we work within the structure of our club and that is one that everyone here respects and understands. Anyone who comes in will do so under our structure. There are good players in the Championship, abroad and in the Premier League. We have to do our business the best way we can.

“We’ve brought in four players who I would like to think will benefit the team and the squad and we look forward to continually searching to improve the squad. If we do, great, if we don’t then we can work with very good quality already here.”

Hughton admitted City’s successful pursuit of Scottish international midfielder Snodgrass completed a long-term chase by the Canaries.

“It’s been rumbling on for quite some time. There has been an interest from this club for quite some time and we are delighted to have got in front of whoever else to secure his services,” said Hughton. “He is another flexible player that can play in a good few positions, he adds goals and he is a good age. We have a lot of competition and options and choices in that midfield and it is our job to get the right balance. Speaking to him he is absolutely delighted with the move and very much looking forward to playing at a level that he has strived for.”

Turner could also make his first public appearance this week for the Canaries after completing his north-east move from Sunderland.

“Michael is a player of Premier League experience and a good age. By our standards we are a relatively young squad and if I am able to bring in that little of experience I think we can benefit from that,” he said.

“The two lads could possibly be involved on Tuesday.

“Whether they would start on Tuesday I am not sure. They haven’t trained with us yet.”

22 comments

  • I always thought Earl Vince and the Valiants Fleetwood Mac 'B' side was Mr Barton's theme tune!

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    Russianality

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Spot on, Swiss, specially the "past sell-by" bit. Hoots looks almost fit enough to play himself! That must earn the respect of the players. Compare Steve Bruce....... or Pall Jowl ! Thinking of QPR, I wonder if the flawed jewel in their crown, Joey Barton, is wearing a Mac while he trains at Fleetwood? Has he been told to "Go your own Way-and Don`t Stop"? ;-) OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • All the hullaballoo of May now seems far away. Chris Hughton is clearly in control, taking a fair and balanced look at the team. He is adding new talents while working within McNally's budget that does not permit the collecting of past-their-sell-by-date stars à la QPR. Obviously more work needed to gel a starting first team and you don't know what is going to happen until the season-proper kicks off but we could be in a much worse place. OTBC.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Mr Barton is a Man of The World, but certainly not Mr Wonderful. It is a Mystery To Me what lies Behind The Mask. Guess one day he'll Stop Messin Around but hen The Sands of Time would have run out. Oh Well!

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    Ded Sterile

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Just in case it's not closed I met that Green Manalishi last night. Didn't buy much tho, only a Penguin

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    el dingo

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • There`s even a Roy Orbison connection here. Billy Burnette wrote "All I can do is dream you" for the Big `O`. I`m sure those Little Lies were Sweet, Sprowstonboy. Tell me about it. :-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Numbers game. Bring on Carol Vorderman!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • I also hear that Barton is a bit of a Gypsy as no-one will have him.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Still need a left back and striker!!!

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    Penfold

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • All rather exciting. Just what we needed to avoid " second season syndrome". New revved up manager and new blood in the pack. Spot on.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • I also hear that Barton is a bit of a Gypsy as no-one will have him.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • The Tusk of keeping this joke stream going is beginning to go Over my Head. I bet Stevie Nicks that one. Here we go! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Mind you, I am sure a lot of the transfer talk is little lies.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • The Chain of Fleetwood Mac puns must stop, as I don't like this formula one is using.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Looks like die Grosskontrolleren have closed this stream down! Good fun while it lasted. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Now you are talking el Dingo, great memories of listening to The Green Manalishi on the juke box every lunchtime in the Peddlar Cafe in Swaffham over cheese sandwiches and a mug of tea.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Barton will be an Albatross around the neck of anyone that buys him, Brewer!

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    canarydownunder

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Oh Well, at least it's better than the Second Hand News that we get here: Here's hoping for a Landslide of goals from The Horse and a revitalised Mr Vaughan.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • there are Rumours that no one will

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    Mikado Kember

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Don't know why my latest gem appeared twice, yet my comment about transfer talk being Little Lies didn't! I hope this didn't create any Storms.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Mind games now about the captain's armband!

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    blackdog2

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • numbers game , I offer darts

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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