City map out deadline day strategy

Max Aarons was in the sights of some of Europe's biggest clubs but is still a Norwich City player Pi

Max Aarons was in the sights of some of Europe's biggest clubs but is still a Norwich City player Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City expect to keep hold of their prized assets on transfer deadline day.

The Canaries have no bids on the table for Max Aarons, Emi Buendia or Todd Cantwell approaching Friday’s 5pm domestic deadline.

Ben Godfrey and Jamal Lewis both departed for multi-million pound sales, but barring a dramatic late twist there will be no further departures at Carrow Road in the coming hours.

Out-of-favour trio Moritz Leitner, Josip Drmic and Tom Trybull are free to leave, with Trybull believed to have attracted Championship interest from Blackburn regarding a possible loan move and in Lancahsire to seal his loan switch.

Timm Klose left on a season-long loan to FC Basel last week but City have no plans to draft in a new centre back ahead of the deadline.

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Ben Gibson, Christoph Zimmermann and Grant Hanley will be the frontline options in the short term, with the likes of midfield duo Alex Tettey and Jacob Sorensen also available in reserve. Godfrey departed for a club record fee to Everton, following on from Lewis’ move to Newcastle, as the Canaries try to balance the financial reality with a concerted Championship promotion push under Daniel Farke.

Norwich recently underlined the on-going financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic to the club with no supporters allowed inside stadiums.

“There is less money in the Covid world of football. It might have actually been easier to keep a player like Ben Godfrey if there was more money around,” said Farke. “Right now we are self funding, we rely on selling tickets and this not possible. If you have to close the income gap you have to search for some other ways, so in that regard it has not helped us.

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“We said all along, if we sell it is because there is crazy money.

“We don’t have to sell and that was the same with Jamal and Ben.

“We have done fantastic work in terms of sorting out our problems.

“We are pretty healthy, even in the midst of this pandemic. We came in three years ago and the club was nearly financially ruined, we inherited an old squad, and the infrastructure was not that great. Now we have a more than healthy financial situation, fantastic infrastructure and exciting young squad.

“I want us to be healthy financially but I also want us to win games.”

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