Roeder ready to buy in bulk

David Cuffley City boss Glenn Roeder will be off on a scouting mission tomorrow afternoon, insisting: “Every position is on my shopping list.” The January transfer window has so far been a low-key affair for the Canaries, at least in terms of new faces, despite Roeder setting his sights on four more signings.

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City boss Glenn Roeder will be off on a scouting mission tomorrow afternoon, insisting: “Every position is on my shopping list.”

The January transfer window has so far been a low-key affair for the Canaries, at least in terms of new faces, despite Roeder setting his sights on four more signings.

The Colney departure gate has certainly been busier than the arrivals lounge with six players making their exits, compared with just one permanent signing in midfielder Matty Pattison, one new loan capture in Ryan Bertrand and two renewed loans, Mo Camara and Ched Evans.


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With six days to go before the window closes, and the Canaries facing a blank weekend thanks to their FA Cup replay exit at Bury, Roeder and his management team will take the chance to catch up with one or two potential targets tomorrow.

“It's been really slow going,” said Roeder. “It's quite low-key, tepid in fact. I am looking around to see who other teams are signing and I'm certainly not thinking 'Dammit, I've missed out there'.”

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Most fans would expect a striker to be top of his wanted list as City have scored more than once in only one of their last 10 games.

But Roeder said: “Every position is on my shopping list. When I've finished you won't recognise this squad.”

Further departures were ruled out until the squad was reinforced, he said.

“I couldn't let anyone else go. I've cleared the decks of six players - I've sold two and let four go - and we are operating with about 14 outfield players.”

City's next opponents, Southampton, entertain their conquerors, Bury, in the FA Cup fourth round tomorrow, their first match after the departure of manager George Burley to take charge of Scotland.

“We will have them watched - we have every team watched three times - but and the coaching staff and I will be watching other games, looking at players recommended to us by scouts,” said Roeder.

His pursuit of Birmingham defender Martin Taylor appears to have hit a brick wall, with reports that West Bromwich Albion may be about to enter the hunt by lodging a bid with their local rivals, while he must wait to see whether Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to send out any of his young players on loan after their Carling Cup exit. Plymouth's David Norris has been mentioned again as a possible target, but he is rated at £2m and Ipswich are among those to have lesser bids turned down.

There was at least good news on two fronts for City ahead of Tuesday's trip to St Mary's Stadium.

Michael Spillane's red card, shown against Colchester in Monday's reserve game at Carrow Road, has been rescinded.

“It means we won't have him banned for four matches,” said Roeder. “The FA have dealt with this very quickly and I'm grateful for that and for the fact they've seen common sense because it wasn't a sending-off, nor even a yellow card. It was a very good tackle.”

And Darren Huckerby could be back in action as early as next week after an injection that should ease his hip problem.

“Whether he's fit for Tuesday, I don't know. He's having a couple of days rest, as the surgeon says he must do,” said Roeder.

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