Countdown to transfer deadline day

Mark Armstrong Norwich City manager Paul Lambert has just 13 days to decide whether to strengthen his squad further with the summer transfer window set to close. The 41-year-old has been busy this summer, bringing in seven new signings to fortify a squad that cruised to the League One title last season.

Mark Armstrong

Norwich City manager Paul Lambert has just 13 days to decide whether to strengthen his squad further with the summer transfer window set to close.

The 41-year-old has been busy this summer, bringing in seven new signings to fortify a squad that cruised to the League One title last season.

Lambert was given a strict budget to work to at the start of the summer by chief executive David McNally and this hasn't changed following the arrival of Stephen Fry on the Norwich City board.


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The comedian admitted that he won't be the Canaries' 'white knight' during his unveiling on Friday but promised to extol the virtues of the Norfolk club to his social circles and, more notably, his 1.7million followers on twitter.

While Lambert is happy with the make-up of the squad he has built, he could be tempted to make one last foray into the transfer market.

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His work over the summer has ensured he has got at least two viable options in every position but, should the right player become available at the right price, the Scot could make his move.

One area Lambert could look to strengthen is at right-back where Russell Martin is currently first choice. The Peterborough man has settled in well following his arrival from London Road last season but, with only the inexperienced George Francomb for competition, more cover could be needed.

With the financial constraints as tight as ever at Carrow Road, Lambert would have to plunge straight into the bargain bin if he were to bring anyone in.

However, with the likes of Steve Finnan and Liam Rosenior all available on free transfers there could be some value for City to benefit from.

Finnan in particular could supply the kind of know-how Lambert is looking for given his experience at the top level with the Republic of Ireland and Liverpool.

The 34-year-old was released by Portsmouth at the end of last season after the cash-strapped club informed the former Fulham man that they would not be able to afford to keep him on.

With Lambert's penchant for attacking full-backs, Rosenior could also fit the bill. The youngster was released by Reading at the end of last season having failed to secure a permanent move to Ipswich Town after a season-long loan at Portman Road.

Town boss Roy Keane said the player did not do enough to earn a contract and Rosenior has since been linked with both Bristol City and Leicester City over the summer.

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