City chief delivers his transfer window verdict after quiet deadline day
PUBLISHED: 22:12 08 August 2019 | UPDATED: 22:12 08 August 2019
Daniel Farke admitted keeping hold of his top talent was more important than a mad transfer window splurge this summer for Norwich City after a quiet deadline day.
The Canaries opted not to bring in a sixth senior signing, after unveiling Ibrahim Amadou on Wednesday, and there were no further departures either from Carrow Road.
Farke and sporting director Stuart Webber kept the likes of Max Aarons, Ben Godfrey and Jamal Lewis under lock and key ahead of the Premier League return, as part of a drive to reward last season's Championship title winners.
Josip Drmic arrived on a free along with Sam Byram for a reported £750,000 and two further loan signings in Ralf Fahrmann and Patrick Roberts.
"I am a happy man in general. I will work with whatever I have got, but a big compliment to Stuart," he said. "My feeling is he has done an amazing job. We made it clear we could not spend lots of money so it was important to keep this group together and we had many contract extensions.
"It was quite crucial for the future of the club and important you keep your best players.
"It was not easy to sell our best players under those circumstances in the past but now we can keep them. The most important thing was we were safe for the future.
"We were pretty careful to bring some new lads in. As a head coach I would like to sign a striker for £40m or a winger for £15m but we are not capable to do this. I am happy wit the business we have done. We can't buy players from Barcelona or whatever. We have to work with young players and smart recruitment. We have to scout in many different countries."
Farke believes the final capture of Amadou, initially on loan from Sevilla with an option to buy next summer, could prove another astute foray into the market.
"We had to react a bit because we have some problems in personal terms with two centre backs out and our holding midfielder, Alex Tettey, yet to play this summer," he said. "So we wanted a versatile player who can play both roles.
"He is young and still hungry. He proved on a really good level in France and Spain he can be important for his team. He was captain in France under (Marcelo) Bielsa.
"He will need some time to adapt but he can be very important for us."