Quiet deadline day passes for Lambert

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert settled for a watching brief in a quiet final day to the summer transfer window. Lambert was happy to go into the international break with no fresh additions to his squad following last week's loan signing of West Brom defender Leon Barnett until January.

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert settled for a watching brief in a quiet final day to the summer transfer window.

Lambert was happy to go into the international break with no fresh additions to his squad following last week's loan signing of West Brom defender Leon Barnett until January.

Man City youngster Dedryck Boyata had been linked in the last few days as extra defensive cover with Michael Nelson ruled out for a couple of months with ankle ligament damage, although Zak Whitbread (calf) and Steven Smith (ankle) could return this month.

Midfielder Andrew Crofts (groin) was forced to withdraw from the Wales squad for their opening European Championship qualifier against Montenegro, but Lambert has 11 days to get some of his injured troops back for Barnsley's Championship visit.


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The Canaries' chief will also be able to go back into the loan market when it re-opens later this month - by which time Premier League clubs will have listed their final 25 man squads to comply with new rules on protecting homegrown talent.

Lambert did sanction a loan move for Owain Tudur Jones in the closing days of the transfer window to League One outfit Yeovil, where the Welshman spent time at Huish Park last season.

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The City boss, however, resisted the temptation to allow any of his younger fringe players a chance for regular football.

England youth international keeper Declan Rudd and defender George Francomb both featured in the recent Carling Cup defeat at Blackburn but Lambert confirmed none of his starlets would leave Carrow Road in the short term.

“The development is to get them out to play men's football, but I can't sell the club short and let them out, and then we don't have any cover,” he said, ahead of last weekend's Championship draw at Nottingham Forest.

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