Daniel Farke unveils his first transfer objective
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Top of Daniel Farke's in-tray this summer is completing fresh loan deals for a key trio.
Angus Gunn, Harrison Reed and Moritz Leitner have all left their mark on Norwich City’s Championship season, and Farke wants sporting director Stuart Webber to try and pull out all the stops for a reunion.
“I get the feeling we’re in a much better position now than we were at the end of last season,” said the head coach, on City’s upcoming transfer strategy. “It was pretty clear because of the financial situation we had to sell some experienced lads.
“This summer we want to keep a proper group of key players and that was why it was important Alex Tettey signed his new deal.
“Our centre-back positions have all proved they can play at a really good level in the Championship, and our central midfield has a lot of depth.
“There is business to do and some topics to work on, but we have a very good base.
“All the experienced players who were out of contract we have made decisions on those.
“With loan players it can take a while because they have to return to their club and talk to their club.
“We’ve had loan players who are a perfect fit for us, so it’s crucial we sort everything out with the loan players. That’s the first step. The second step is to add new signings.
“That is a lot of work for Stuart to do but I get the feeling we’re not too far away from having the squad we want.”
Farke and Webber must also resolve the futures of their loan exports with the likes of Russell Martin, Steven Naismith and Marcel Franke all set to return for pre-season.
“With the experienced players like Russ or Steven you reach a stage in your career where you want to play games and you are not happy sitting on the bench,” said Farke. “They had two good options.
“To be Scottish internationals and then get a chance, like Russ, to play for a massive club like Rangers was a great move.
“ is no problem if they come back.
“You don’t know what happens in the summer.
“They might want guarantees they can play so there could be business done before pre-season starts. If not, I can work with these players.
“Marcel is another who went out and played many minutes at Dresden.
“I just want to work with good players, and they are good players.”