Roeder wants two new faces

David Cuffley Manager Glenn Roeder hopes to make two new signings in time for Norwich City's next Championship match. One Sunday newspaper has linked Roeder with a £500,000 bid for 6ft 4in striker Alejandro Delorte from Argentinios Juniors.

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Manager Glenn Roeder hopes to make two new signings in time for Norwich City's next Championship match.

A 3-1 win at Barnsley extended the Canaries' unbeaten run to nine matches in all competitions ahead of tomorrow night's FA Cup third round replay at Bury, but Roeder is not prepared to rest on his laurels.

He said: “I really hope to have at least two new faces available for selection against Leicester and that is important.


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“Although the players won't freely admit to wanting competition for their places, deep down that's what they really want.

“I always think when you bring new players into a club it gives everyone a lift because the players that are already there then want to show the new players how good they are, and the new players want to impress the players that are already at the club. That just creates a lovely high motivation in training every day, which is what we set out to do.

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“We won't tolerate anything other than match speed in our practices during the week. It is a long time since I've had to stop a training session and say 'Boys, that is not good enough'.”

Victory at Oakwell moved City out of the bottom six and they have taken 22 points from their last 11 league games - promotion form.

Said Roeder: “It is going the right way but, because of where we were when I came to the club, there is no time to relax. We have to push on and push ourselves up the table as quickly as we can because we don't want to be involved in anything that's unsavoury towards the end of the season and, if we carry on playing like that, I'm sure we can achieve that first goal.

“The team is getting better and improving. If we can add three or four players in the January window, things could really start looking up then.”

One Sunday newspaper yesterday linked Roeder with a £500,000 bid for 6ft 4in striker Alejandro Delorte from Argentinios Juniors.

Centre-half Martin Taylor, on the bench for Birmingham at Arsenal on Saturday, is still on City's wanted list after their offer of £750,000 was rejected.

Weekend reports suggested that rivals Ipswich Town may also cast an eye over Taylor after failing to capture Leicester defender Gareth McAuley.

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