City already eye summer signings
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The transfer window might have closed but the work never stops for Norwich City’s top brass.
Sam McCallum and Melvin Sitti were deadline week signings that signalled the Canaries are planning for the future.
Both teenagers returned to their respective former clubs on loan for the rest of this season, while Luxembourg forward Danel Sinani is another prospect touted with a potential summer arrival.
City's interest in the 22-year-old first came to light last month, with Sinani reportedly out of contract at the end of the current campaign.
Head coach Daniel Farke insists his immediate priority is upsetting the odds to try and plot a Premier League survival bid, but sporting director Stuart Webber is also pushing ahead with the club's recruitment strategy.
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"We're working on a few things for the summer, because we definitely have to be prepared for different scenarios," said Farke. "We're looking forward to attracting some top class players but also some young talents, or projects, like the signing of Sam and Melvin.
"Let's speak about a player when something is signed and 100pc completed; when everything is really fully agreed and we are allowed to speak about the player. In the same way I would expect that to be the case for one of our own players.
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"I think it's also quite important that especially Stuart, in his sporting director role and with his scouting team, is planning for the mid to long term. I'm also involved but my focus right now is totally on the short term success."
Farke added Hertha Berlin loanee Ondrej Duda and Lukas Rupp to bolster the Canaries' top flight relegation quest, and centre back Timm Klose could return for the run in. The Swiss international has missed the entire league campaign after a knee injury on League Cup duty.
"He is not too far away from team training, and at the start there was a danger the season would be completely over," said Farke. "There are some good signs that he can return before the season ends and also perhaps even be a topic for the last games. It's difficult because he was out for such a long time but it would be a good boost if this is possible. Not for the next two or three weeks. But perhaps when we speak about April this is a possibility."