Chris Hughton is not losing any sleep over the potential threat of Premier League rivals coveting his Norwich City stars in the upcoming January transfer window.

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Wes Hoolahan was the latest key member of his squad to pledge his future to the club, prior to starring in the win over Wigan that carried City into the top eight on the back of an unbeaten 10-match league run.

Hughton confirmed there are no imminent moves to tie down any of City’s other senior men but is convinced his squad can see a club heading in the right direction.

“Wes is the one that’s been the most urgent one and we’re really just delighted it’s been done,” he said. “At this moment there are no other players (in that situation), but that is very much a club area. Am I concerned? No, I think if you concern yourself with that, you drive yourself mad. I’ve got a squad that’s pushing very, very hard to make sure they’re in the starting eleven. I’ve got a group of lads I like to think are enjoying their football and it’s probably not something that’s on my mind.”

Norwich continue to be linked with possible New Year recruits and Hughton accepts City’s elevated status can only help their cause to bolster his squad.

“There is a momentum right now,” he said. “The best time, of course, always is the summer. That’s the time when you can embed players into the squad. We brought in eight players in the summer and it gives you an opportunity to do that. January is one we will always continue to look at but if you said to me, ‘Are we definitely going to bring in people?’, the answer is I don’t know.

“I think if you asked anybody if they could strengthen their team, or the squad, then most people would say yes, they would. But it’s not as easy as that. We’ve got a really competitive group at the moment, a strong squad who are really fighting and sometimes players you might think would strengthen your team, it’s not the best time in January.”

Hughton is in no rush to bring in experienced goalkeeping cover alongside Mark Bunn with injured England international John Ruddy out until the New Year. The City boss believes City’s present squad is big enough to cope with the current level of ailments and likely suspensions.

“At the moment we are happy, but all those decisions we will make as we approach January,” he said. “Mark is certainly doing an excellent job for us. We’re quite happy with how we are. Numbers-wise we’re okay. As always, approaching January, you don’t know what’s going to happen in the build-up – whether you pick up any injuries, whether somebody offers you a surprise one that you didn’t think about – so we will do all our due diligence and scouting but it’s not leading into January. The scouting process is something that’s continual right through the season.”

33 comments

  • PC thats good thinking, I would rather see Lapps at left back if needed than Tierney. MB Wilde! not the Oscar variety surely.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Undoubtedly there will be a striker, and clearly one who is happy to play the role that the Horse does, as anything else would change the structure of the team. Tettey said Hoots wanted to play 4,2,3,1 when he joined and thats proved true. The intriguing question is whether the targets we go for, or could attract, will change if we are still around 8th or 9th in January rather than bottom half as was expected by many? Could be that instead of taking a punt on another Championship player being able to make the step up (Craig M-S being the obvious one) we may be able to afford and attract a more proven, experienced Europe based striker?? You'd have hoped so. Exciting times ahead!

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    Johannesburg Chris

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • I`d imagine there will be one or two departures. The likely candidates all have quite a bit of contract left, so fees will be incoming? Chris Martin is the enigma. Over 24 and out of contract in the summer. I wonder if Ewan Chester`s been accumulating Air-Miles? Surely Foxy will have to go? He`s not getting a look-in and he`s far too good to be a bench-warmer. Lapps & Surs, maybe? The out-on-loan boys? Hoots` revolution has seemingly been a quiet one, but there were 7 of his signings in the last starting line-up, only 2 of Lambo`s plus Hoolahoop & Holty, that much loved Variety Act. I reckon there`s a Portrait of Wes Hoolahan in the Carra catacombs now, alongside the Holty one. Two lads who like a walk on the Wilde side.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • I think that the Craig Mackail-Smith saga is over. He has refused the fence twice, but he turned down QPR to go to Brighton so he must have some nouse. He seems to take a long time to adjust to a new side and or situation and may not show enough to be picked over Moro. Brighton paid £2.5 M, aparently rising to £3.25 M under certain circumstances, which I am sure would include being re-sold to a Premier League team. That suggests that they would be looking for more.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Must admit I hate boats but..........if I liked them + had one + wanted it refurbished then MBA Marine's site does indeed look impressive. I only post under one name ( honest!).

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • whatever sian had must have been interesting !!!

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Not sure I agree Wisemanthree, established prem strikers have a high price tag, high wages and do not always get as many goals as you would like. To pluck a unknownish talent from overseas for a modest sum and and taking a punt on them stepping up i think is the way to go, the best from our lower leagues are already on big clubs radar and they are willing to pay over the odds.

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    MBA Marine

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • And I`ve had that nickname since 1974.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • I am not MBA Marine. Mad Brewer is a nickname I acquired when I was a .... Mad Brewer. We also had a Mad Alchemist in the laboratory. Nicknames were commonplace. I do not post under other aliases - I wouldn`t know how to do that; I have near zero computer skills. Am I\Marine also suspected of being Michael Bailey?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • 21 yrs old, NZ International. 6` 3".

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • Thanks Timbo, My site is pretty basic as i'm no web site designer, but i gave it a shot! hopfully we now know that I am not Brewer, and Timbo is Timbo. any more clarification needed for WisemanWest?

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    MBA Marine

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • The decision to buy Mark Bunn has been thoroughly vindicated,the amazing run has continued even with the loss of John Ruddy,one of the best keepers in the league.Also,the Craig Mickael-Smith story is doing the rounds,yet again-his agent seems busy offering buy- one- get- one- free deals in the January sales.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • I cant believe that once again im agreeing with Brewer, Bunn is a good keeper who is up to the job an is just finding his feet at the moment, he has not played with the team much and that instinctive communication between keeper and defense takes a bit of time to develop. I think he is a good keeper, but im not sure if we needed to to spend 2m on him as I think Rudd would have been just as good, and Steer is good enough to back him up. I'm sure Bunn coming in is because we're expecting a bumper pay day on Ruddy or to shop window one of the boys (like hoots did for Butland,look how his stock has risen) then sell them.

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    MBA Marine

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Conspiracy theories! I do not post under any other alias. I am not Michael Bailey. I am not MBA Marine. I am a NCFC fan. Simples. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • There are a lot worse places to go footballer shopping than belgium right now. Dont quote me but i'm sure they have a quicker system than most in getting non eu players european passports, hence why the belgian national team now has some real good players. On the keeper front, Bunn looks uneasy on crosses which is worrying but he'll only get better i think. Rudd would be my 1st choice though

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    Yellows

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • please not craig mick, far to complicated a name to keep typing in.And I , for my humble opinion dont rate kenwynne Jones, or even indiana jones for that matter, but that other lad at Brighton that the press are linking us with is rather good. On Bunn I repeat that he's a decent enough Keeper but is he doing anything that Declan cant

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Look you MBA Marine, after studying your website, you looks like the man for me. I thinks that a full fit out of a stripped hull sounds lush. I won't lie to you, what I really needs is a full hull repair, gel repair, servicing, and plumbing. And frankly after that interlude with Ged on the hill I thinks I needs the anti-fouling and valeting. Tidy.

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    Sian

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • I'd be surprised if he let Surman, Fox or Lapps go in Jan. Maybe in the summer he will, but I am not sure that we have the depth in quality that some seem to think to be able to let three players go who we know can do a good job for the team.

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Put a bid in for messi and

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • i assume so goldie, though Dorian Grey was a rubbish footballer.

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    goldeneadie

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • No one mentioned Murray. Hardly ever fails to score for Palace. I think he could easily make the step up. There will be an auction for him and thats the problem

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    sharky

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • MBA marine you agree with Mad Brewer because you are one of his many aliases. Just look at your screen names, your styles of writing and the same stupid nicknames you both use for the players.

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    CanaryWest

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • I think with that trio, a lot will depend on whether they are happy to hang about bench-warming till the summer. Some players are willing to be used as reserves, so long as the Premiership wages are going into their bank account. Other players want 1st team football, even if they have to drop a division.

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • I'm sure we will see a striker come in, and as suggested maybe a couple leave, if the price is right.The Ruddy situation is potentially intriguing. The scouts have had time to do their work, and as stated, a team in the top half of the table is a far more attractive proposition for prospective recruits than one heading back into the Championship.

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    Algarve Canary

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • There are a couple of Colombian strikers either of whom would be a good investment, Jackson Martinez who plays for Porto and Carlos Bacca who's with FC Bruges. Martinez might be a bit expensive at five or six million but Carlos would be a snip at three or four, was the Belgian league's player of the month in September.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • When Holty first joined Naaridge, a female pal opined "he`s no oil painting". Well, he is now!! Doreen Gray should have stuck to ladies` football. The thing about Fox & Surs is that they don`t seem to fit into any of Hoots` preferred positions, ie BJ\Tettey, wingers, or the unique Hoolahoop spot, fine players though they are. Agree with goldie that Lapps is a better left-back standby than Tierney. He could easily cover for BJ or Tetts too - a Lappin tackle is not easily forgotten. I rate him very highly; a proper pro. The thing is, PC, has Hoots got some players in view who do fit his model? He didn`t take long to find Bassong & Tettey & the rest. He`s a wily devil! It`s all good stuff to ponder. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • WBA`s young striker, Chris Wood, currently on loan @ Millwall, reportedly available for £1.5 million, with the Lions & Brighton competing. Worth a look? But why do the Baggies not want him back? He`s scoring for fun just now. Do Brighton see him as replacement for C M-S?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • I have no "let`s knock Mark Bunn" agenda, PW, but he`s not been totally convincing. In fairness, there were some enforced changes to the back 4 which likewise didn`t help Ruddy last season. I think M.Bunn will be fine but then, perhaps so would Declan?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • I have to admit I would be incredibly disappointed if we signed someone like Mackail-Smith. I think now is the time to dip into the premier league's line up as we would need to have someone who could hit the ground running. If we are needing another striker then it would have to be a strong enforcer like Holt, otherwise the formation would change. Someone like Kenwyne Jones perhaps?

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    wisemanthree

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • @ MBA Marine. Great news that the boat fraternity are following the might yellows. OTBC

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    The Yellow Yachtie

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • CanaryWest, I think there's a lot of that going on here, why people can't stick to the one name I have no idea.

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    wisemanthree

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Strikers already established in the prem are often over paid, over priced and often over rated with little desire, the real good ones from the lower leagues are often already tapped up by a big club that is happy to pay over the odds and let them play in there reserve side with the odd one shining through, Look in the less well known top flight leagues, or even at the smaller Italian\Spanish teams is where a gem could be found. I would like us to give our own U21's the chance to step up before buying from lower uk leagues.

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    MBA Marine

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • No im not Brewer! MBA Marine is not a stupid name to me as its my business trade name, MBA are my initials (my name is Mark if anyone cares!), shortening players names just makes it easier to type and a bit of fun with names like Hoolahoop

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    MBA Marine

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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