Chris Hughton has not ruled out potential summer moves for Celtic’s Gary Hooper and Sporting Lisbon’s Ricky van Wolfkswinkel.

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The Canaries’ boss confirmed yesterday City made ‘strong’ enquires for the highly-rated Dutch striker during the transfer window alongside their protracted public pursuit of Bhoys’ top scorer Hooper.

Canaries’ chief executive David McNally said the club were quoted 20 million Euros for their prime European target, and Hughton revealed Lisbon’s current valuation of the player was out of their price range. The 24-year-old is contracted to the Portuguese club until 2016 and Hooper has 18 months left on his existing Parkhead deal, but Norwich will continue to monitor both players.

“I think in such a short period of time like January the prices are inflated. There is no doubt about that,” said Hughton. “You always want more time and the summer is a time when you can make decisions in a better light. Of course, there becomes a lot of pressure in a small window. You have to make real tough decisions and you would always prefer to make them over a longer period of time.

“Where we are at this moment is we have made genuine attempts over a period of time. This hasn’t just been the last few week or the last few days. We put in substantial bids for players we recognised over a period of time that we would like. That is something you do through a scouting network and that shouldn’t change. If there are players on your radar that remains the same – the only way it should change is if you are made aware of other options.”

Hughton conceded the reality is both Celtic and Sporting Lisbon adopted a tough bargaining position over their prized assets.

“We certainly made strong enquiries (for van Wolfswinkel) but the figures that came back were way above what we would be prepared to pay,” he said. “What I would say is the conversations we had with Celtic were always done the right way and the same for the responses we got back.

“At this moment that door is closed, but we don’t know. We’ll see what the situation is in the summer. Our approaches were done in the correct manner. They decided they didn’t want to sell and it is part of the game. You might want their player but ultimately they have the final say and there is genuine respect between the two clubs.”

Hughton did manage to freshen up his striking stocks with the additions of Leeds’ 19-goal hitman Luciano Becchio and Sporting Kansas City’s Kei Kamara. The City boss is convinced Becchio has the quality to make a seamless transition from the Football League.

“No, we have numerous players in our team in exactly the same position or were in that they hadn’t played in the Premier League,” said Hughton. “I think particularly with strikers you want them to go into a team that you hope will create chances. He is not a young man, he has good experience and a very good goalscoring record. That is the reason why when we felt if there was an opportunity to get him, there was that interest on our part.

“He is in good goalscoring form this season so he doesn’t need to get up to speed. He was playing well at Leeds. He will certainly give us another dimension – whether that is to start or from the bench and he can play in a one up top or he can play in a two. The first thing I think he will bring is a freshness to the team, and that is something I was keen to do. We have maintained the four strikers we had, we brought in two new strikers.”

Hughton is hopeful Kamara will arrive in time for next weekend’s Premier League game against Fulham with club officials in the process of completing the relevant paperwork for the Sierra Leone international.

“He is probably someone who gives us more options,” he said. “He has a very good goalscoring record in the States. He has also played in a 4-3-3 in those wide areas and with all forward players you have to think about a starting option and an impact - and he gives us that.

“We’re probably going to have to wait a few days for him, but we look forward to his arrival as well.”

Norwich were also strongly linked with a deadline day move for Birmingham’s former England 21 centre-back Curtis Davies. Hughton confirmed City had made enquiries but denied Leon Barnett was offered as a makeweight in the deal to entice the cultured defender to Carrow Road.

“There was a very strong enquiry,” he said. “I saw something quoted on Thursday that had Leon Barnett as part of a deal. There is absolutely no fact in that one but there was a strong enquiry for Curtis.”

26 comments

  • I disagree with keeping Garrido, he can't tackle and he can't pass. We gave away a far better left back for nothing. We also need a top, top, quality central midfielder who has vision and the ability to win the ball and hold it up. Hoolahoop and Holty do well but the poor chaps are forever playing catch-up from having to run themselves ragged. I'm in on the 'can't wait to see Kamara' thing though, he looks very lively and let's hope Becchio gives more than Morison, who was, admittedly very good for us in the Championship. He just seemed to lose interest here, unfortunately.

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    Bootneck R.M.

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • I see that Barnsley have signed Jason Scotland and Rory Delap. That's a step up for Big Jase although with the signing of Delap he'll be playing with the same tactics they were using at Ip5w1ch.

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    DocOhNo

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Im looking forward to seeing Kamrara, He might just be the flair and confidence we need.

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • AC,from what i hear,Hooper was more than willing to come hear(you dont charter a private jet without knowing the player is not interested at all),and without dropping anyone,thats all im saying....and AC, are you concerned that 1p5wich could only muster a couple of no hopers,for ..wait for it..150,000 grand!...the finances down there must be in a shocking state!

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    alan clark

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Agree with wiseman3 garagedoor has been an excellent defender with good forward runs, if defenders never made a mistake all games would be goalless and we would all be top of the league.

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    goldie

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • wisemanthree; I wish I could claim originality, but I cannot lie. That philosophical snippet was a paraphrase of the Spanish Civil War Republican activist Dolores Ibárruri, who was attributed with "Better to die standing up than live kneeling down" (except in Spanish). Also `sampled` by Joseph Heller in "Catch 22". Oxymoronificated it, too!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • In the slim chance that these did come off in the summer, there will have to be a clear out of the old guard, it would be byebye Holt and Jackson, I am surprised Jackson did not go in this window, I do not see him playing again unless we pick up more injuries. Lets hope harry picks a team full of new players that have not played together and Becchio scores on his debut.

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Interesting to see how much impact Becchio and Kamara can have over the next 4 months. Could be very interesting - if they do well everyone will concede that McNally & Hoots have done some pretty shrewd business here ! Not sure if either of these guys will feature today, but it would be great to come back from Loftus Road with all there points - Sorry 'arry !! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • How very philosophical, Brewer!

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    wisemanthree

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Of those mentioned , Austin , if Brum reduce the daft asking price for Davies then yes . Special K looks half decent , things are looking up . Think C Martin will leave for nothing , we don't seem to get any money for players that come through the youth set up , that's why McNally wants the extra £19 .

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    mjc75

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • The thing is, AC Canary, if you post a pessimistic comment you are instantly at risk of being a troll suspect. I try to be as optimistic as possible but also do not always find that easy. As a result, I was once even accused of being Ged in disguise! Business in hand; I would be surprised if we made any further progress on those two players, but there are others like Leicester`s Wood, Burnley`s Austin and Leeds` Morison. ;-). Curtis Davies, maybe still a possible? Looks like C. Martin may not get a Squad No.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Becchio already being touted by the media as one of the flops of the january transfer window. On advisement by Mr. Lawro perhaps?

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    wisemanthree

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Bootneck, how many goals do you think Morison scored for us in the championship? by my reckoning it was 0. he scored quite a few for Millwall though.

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    goldeneadie

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • I'm really pleased we didn't spend crazy money and like the way we've freshened things up. My prediction is that the main benefit of these signings is that we'll keep Holt fit, feisty and firing on all cylinders until the end of the season. Of the two new lads, Becchio looks way the better signing, but Kamara is low risk so worth a punt, and maybe his height and speed will give us an extra dimension off the bench. Feeling pretty good about avoiding the drop now. OTBC.

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    Canary Wurst

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • To be honest, I think the main priority come the opening of the summer transfer window is to secure the signing of Garrido. I truly believe that he has been a great addition to the team and despite only being a loan player he gives it his all game in game out. Yes he has made errors but show me a defender who hasn't! A quality player, would be a shame to see him go back to Lazio.

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    wisemanthree

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Yes, we want to keep Garrido, wm3. As you say, quality. I echo the sentiments of others that we don`t want our club to go down the gangsters` gold route. Or down to the Championship. It`s better to die on your feet than to live on your knees (?).

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Actually that last comment was unfair, at Ip5w1ch the only tactic was a big punt from the back, he'll now have to adapt to a big throw from the side.

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    DocOhNo

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • About as much chance of signing these two as we have of building the a new stand..Missed the boat on both of these..wont get them in summer as we will be preparing for the championship.

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    AC Canary

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • I like the way CH is talking in this article and I have not always been a fan of his commentry. We have made changes within our budget, that's as good as it gets. Hopefully at least one of these guys will rise to the challenge, if not then I am sure they will be moved on. Staying up is essential and then the coffers will continue to grow (as will others) and eventually we will be able to pony up €20 M if we have to. I would rather see us living within our means and struggling to survive than living of the largesse of some son of a bachelor's illicit oil money.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • If we have come out and said that we will be going for these two strikers in the summer, then I can guarantee you that we won't even put in a bid. The boat was missed on both of these (due to being out-priced) and so there is no way Hughton will go back for them.

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    wisemanthree

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Maybe it was last season then, hahaha, there was a period when he managed to look enthusiastic anyway.

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    Bootneck R.M.

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Swiss , totally agree . We want a club to support in the future , not an entry in the forgotten clubs history book .

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    mjc75

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Alan Clark..why would I be concerned about Ip5w1ch???

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    AC Canary

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • that's "living off.."

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • I never realistically expected us to land either of these 2 + wouldn't have wanted them @ the inflated prices being quoted. Disappointed we couldn't land Curtis Davies + Wood also looks a possible for the future. I think Becchio will do well + hope that Kamara is the new Holt.

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    Timbo

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • By the end of the season the prices may be a bit more reasonable. Hooper will be that much closer to the end of his contract and from what I've heard is keen to move so Celtic will find themselves having to negotiate a less inflated fee to get something for him. The only proviso to this is if they made serious progress in the Champions League and built the team to repeat that progress, which frankly I don't see happening.

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    DocOhNo

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

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