Norwich City are not playing catch-up to their Championship rivals this summer

Liverpool's Martin Skrtel (left) and Bournemouth's Lewis Grabban battle for the ball during the two sides' FA Cup fourth-round tie last season. Liverpool's Martin Skrtel (left) and Bournemouth's Lewis Grabban battle for the ball during the two sides' FA Cup fourth-round tie last season.

Thursday, June 5, 2014
8:52 AM

Have Norwich City been left playing catch-up to their Championship rivals this summer? Not according to the club’s hierarchy.

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Have Norwich City been left playing catch-up to their Championship rivals this summer? Not according to the club’s hierarchy.

The Canaries’ Premier League relegation was confirmed a handful of days after that of Fulham and Cardiff, while appointing a new manager came within two weeks of the season’s finalé.

City are yet to sign or sell ahead of the new season, yet Cardiff have already recruited Reading’s Adam Le Fondre, Federico Macheda from Manchester United, Guido Burgstaller from Rapid Vienna and Real Valladolid’s Javi Guerra.

The Bluebirds are more the exception than the rule of the close-season transfer business to date, but Norwich remain calm over any ground they have to make up.

“The fact the managerial process took 10 days since the season ended, we are reasonably comfortable with,” said chief executive David McNally.

“Have we lost any time on our peers? We don’t think so. But we didn’t want too much of the summer to elapse before we then started to recognise that August 9 is just around the corner and we do need to look at squad development. We really do. And it’s important that we bare that in mind as a priority.”

Chairman Alan Bowkett added: “I don’t think we’re playing catch-up because our targets are available. We have the appropriate resources to attract people.”

Speculation over incomings this week initially revolved around Blackburn’s Jordan Rhodes – although Rovers’ £10m-plus asking price might put that one out of reach.

They were followed yesterday by reports Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban is wanted by City.

11 comments

  • The other could be the legend that was that could be again mr grant holt

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    A Fan

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • After much editing... Now to analyse what the verboten bits may have been.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • I think Lambert ran out of patience with Chris Martin. Chris had Holt and Hoolahan as mentors - that`s as good as it gets with a club like Norwich. As has been said before by several people, the change of club was his best chance to `get his mind right, Luke`. And under Hughton, Carrow Road was a strikers` graveyard. As it`s turned out, it has been better than CM could`ve ever dreamed - apart from losing out on promotion in the play-off final. I do wish we`d gotten a fee for CM, though. Any opinions on what his market value might be now? (Sounds like a supermarket`s `cheapo` range..)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • I think Lambert ran out of patience with Chris Martin (sound familiar, Mr. Bowkett?). Chris had Holt and Hoolahan as mentors - that`s as good as it gets with a club like Norwich. As has been said before by several people, the change of club was his best chance to `get his mind right, Luke`. And under Hughton, Carrow Road was a strikers` graveyard. As it`s turned out, it has been better than he could`ve ever dreamed - apart from being robbed of promotion by Flush `Arry`s lot. I do wish we`d gotten a fee for CM, though. Any opinions on what his market value might be now? (Sounds like Tesco`s cheapy range..)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Encouraged by the signing of Grabbin, hopefully he'll be part of a strike partnership that will score for fun at Championship level. Whether be with Hooper, RvW or another who can say... :)

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    Mellow Johnny

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Agree Mattias, Chris was a deadly finisher but had a doubtful attitude. The proposed new signings are good championship players but in the long run would they make it in the premier division, when we get there. Probably out of the three I think CM would be the most likely to succeed, though Rhodes runs a close second.

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    Gibbo

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Another week goes by and no indications as to who will stay let alone any new signings. It is all very well saying our targets are available. But unless they are bottom of the queue, they will be on the market and it is first come, first served. And if, as suggested, we know who we want then why the delay? KO is now only 2 months away. We need time to get a squad together, get them fit and then get them playing to the desired patterns and systems. So by the time we play friendlies we need the squad, need them fit and at least getting to know each other and the way the manager wants them to play. I am nervous after all the ditherings last season.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • "Chrissy Martin is one of the best finishers in the world" was the quote Worthington was used. While it sounds odd I do agree. When it comes to finishing the guys lethal! However his overall game doesnt live up to that high standard in my opinion. His lack of pace & attitude have always let him down at NCFC. I cant picture him fitting what we are trying to do. Within Derby's system hes a perfect fit. Always a good championship player though and someone i'd never say no to should we be at that level in the future still.If I had to choose between Rhodes, Grqabban & Martin (in fantasy land where no other targets exist) Martin would be my 3rd choice. Rhodes would be my choice but the price is a worry.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • I don't think Rhodes is worth £10 million, he is also a bit injury prone. Lewis Grabban would be useful, I can't see Chris Martin coming back, but he can score goals as he proved last season

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    Derek McDonald

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • I wonder if Blackburn might consider RvW in partex for Rhodes? That`d bring the price down a few quid. So "the likes of" Rhodes might be out of reach because of his reported price-tag? Was that the case a year ago? Anyway, it`s only young Bailey`s opinion - which he has been instructed to write. Chris Martin might be more affordable. I think he may have outscored Rhodes last season? Colossal achievement if so.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • We'll take them both, Grabban and Rhodes. Done job :) OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

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