Chris Hughton looks set to add more pieces to his jigsaw as the opening day of the Premier League campaign draws ever closer.

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The City boss has made four additions to his squad since arriving at Carrow Road in the summer, but admits that he is still in the market to make further improvements.

And it would appear that a new left-back could be on his shopping list. Reports have linked him with two candidates – Celtic’s Emilio Izaguirre and now Lazio’s Javier Garrido.

The claims suggest Izaguirre would be a permanent deal, while Hughton would be looking to secure a loan move for Garrido.

However, the figure quoted for the Celtic man is £5m, and while transfer fees are almost exclusively withheld from the public domain, it is unlikely City have laid out that sort of money in years. The speculation that the deal could be a player-plus-cash offer would appear more likely.

According to Sky Sport Italia – and other Italian media – Spanish left-back Garrido would move to England on a season-long loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.

Garrido, 27, has Premier League experience with Manchester City between 2007 to 2010 before joining Lazio where he made 21 Serie A appearances.

Either way, both have pedigree: Izaguirre – a Honduran international – has impressed at Celtic since joining them in 2010 from Motagua in the Honduran League and a year ago was linked with a move to Manchester United.

The left-back spot at Carrow Road is one in which Hughton’s resources are thin; with Adam Drury having joined Leeds, Marc Tierney is the only specialist, although summer recruit Steven Whitaker – currently out injured – can do a job there. There are suggestions that striker James Vaughan, who missed most of last season through injury, would form part of a deal – although one British newspaper yesterday claimed the former Everton man is wanted by Hughton’s former club Birmingham City.

One national newspaper claimed Norwich have told Birmingham to double their £500,000 offer for Vaughan who reportedly cost more than £2m a year ago.

12 comments

  • el dingo, I once went to a Roy Orbison tribute concert carrying the remains of a 12" pizza in a box that looked like an LP set. Wearing Ray-Ban Wayfarers and dying for a p**, I rushed the queue in the gents by telling the blokes I was the star of the upcoming show and would be late on. I even signed some autographs. RO had been dead for 10 years!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • Had a peep at Wiki again and while the header doesn`t have Garrido down as an NCFC player, the beginning of the body of the text does. Your Everton mucker committed a Cardinal Sin there, Swiss. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • A friend of mine from the pub who is known as "The Pope" had his picture on His Holinesses' Wikipedia page for most of a day. I had nothing to do with that, an Everton fan did it.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • As soon as Hughton joined us there was a report on Wikipedia saying he wanted to sign a striker from Newmarket Town for £10 as long as his mate could come. There was other strange comments on there too They are quick with transfers though.

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    Piranha24

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • Wikipedia has Garrido down as a Naaaridge player already. I wonder if they`ve jumped the gun?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • Re Swiss & the Pope: one Sunday lunchtime a mate of mine returning from an all-night fancy dress party managed to convince several old ladies in a well-known Broadland pub that he was in fact the vicar of Ranworth.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • Wikipedia is an open house but the content still has to be credible. They now confirm what is entered onto the site. A friend of mine put some content on there that was inaccurate just to test this out and it was taken off almost immediately.

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    CovCanary

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • According to the BBC Garrido is having a medical today.

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    DocOhNo

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • That's just someone 'avin a giraffe. The problem with Wikipedia is that it is an open house, anyone can put stuff up there until someone else takes it down.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • The reference to Garrido as an NCFC disappeared from the "header" of the Wiki entry but it`s back again!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • El Dingo, were those ladies the Ranworth Broads?

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • Note to self: Must actually read an article and not just listen to confused colleagues (Thanks, Tony!) before commenting. City not looking to sign Luis Garrido, but looking to loan Javier Garrido. I still think it might be worth a punt on a few Honduran attackers as well though!

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    Robin Hood

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

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