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Defensive reinforcements are high on Neil Adams’ transfer wish list at Norwich City

Norwich City defender Michael Turner in action at Braintree during the 6-1 friendly win. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Norwich City defender Michael Turner in action at Braintree during the 6-1 friendly win. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Norwich City boss Neil Adams is in the transfer market for a central defender to bolster the Canaries’ Championship promotion bid.

City have recruited strike duo Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty over the summer but Adams knows he must try to boost his defensive options.

Club captain Russell Martin, Ryan Bennett and Michael Turner have shared the load in the opening pre-season friendlies and, with Seb Bassong currently out-of-favour, the Norwich manager accepts they need to address their resources in a key part of the pitch.

“We have targets in mind and we are putting feelers out there and we hope we can do something,” he said. “There is one or two areas we need to strengthen and centre-back is an area we are looking at for sure. You have to prepare for injuries and get cover there and that is one part of the squad if we were unfortunate to get an injury or two we could be found wanting.

“Of course you want to add players but I want the season to start tomorrow. I’m ticking the days off in the office and if we could play tomorrow and the transfer window closed I would take it.

“What we don’t want to do is get to the end of the window and see players potentially go and leave the squad in a weaker position and we are not able to replace them.”

Adams revealed he is in no rush to bring in another experienced member of his backroom team after Joe Royle stepped down from a football consultancy role.

“I’ll be looking at it and that will be an on-going thing,” he said. “I don’t have to get someone straight away and as I have said Joe will still be there to help us. It’s no secret when I was coaching the under-18s I would ring him for advice because he is someone I respect and that won’t change.

“We’ll monitor it and if I feel I need to bring someone in I will.”

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