Norwich City bagged a new striker on a fascinating transfer deadline day, but there were also ones that got away – despite a private jet laid on to fly their main aim to Norwich.

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Leeds striker Luciano Becchio saw his expected move to Carrow Road confirmed at lunchtime on Thursday, with Steve Morison’s switch in the opposite direction also sealed. Both players put pen to paper on three and a half year deals.

But that news was only the precursor to hours of speculation – primarily surrounding their month-long pursuit of Celtic striker Gary Hooper.

The Canaries reportedly made a fourth bid for the forward on Thursday morning believed to be worth £7m, which was rejected by the Glasgow club.

Externally, there was a sense of a possible deal to be done throughout the day – including a privately chartered jet scheduled to land at Norwich from Glasgow little more than an hour before the 11pm deadline.

But that jet arrived in Norwich empty, with hopes of Hooper being flown in for a dramatic deadline day swoop ended soon after 9pm.

With Celtic’s asking price rising to £10m and their own attempts to land Wolves striker Kevin Doyle failing, boss Neil Lennon tweeted: “Contrary to reports there have been no fresh bids for Gary (since the morning) and even if there are they will be rejected...he is NOT for sale.”

The future of City’s other striker target, Swansea’s Danny Graham, also looked up in the air during the morning after Championship side Middlesbrough produced a shock £5m bid – effectively confirming the former Watford forward’s desire to move back to his native North East.

Boro’s interest led only to a quick resolution of Graham’s eventual destination, soon unveiled as a £5m Sunderland signing.

However, Norwich boss Chris Hughton was not only linked with attacking reinforcements.

Early Thursday reports had a bid on Birmingham’s table of £2m plus Canaries centre-back Leon Barnett for Curtis Davies. But in the end the cash-strapped Blues’ hopes of getting £4m for their key defender left a stalemate that could not be overcome before the window closed.

At least the Canaries could look to a new face in time for their trip to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday lunchtime in the form of 29-year-old former Boca Juniors forward Becchio, who admitted talking to his former Leeds colleagues Jonny Howson and Robert Snodgrass had helped him make his decision.

“I wanted to come to Norwich and my family did also – it is a great opportunity for me,” said Becchio. “The Premier League has a massive following and is the best league. I want to get into the team quickly if I can; I am ready.

“I had very good memories of Leeds so it is a bit sad to leave, but that is football. I can only say thank you to all the fans of Leeds, they will always be in my head.”

An additional £200,000 reportedly followed Morison to Leeds as part of the deal to bring in Becchio.

Newly signed loan forward Kei Kamara’s transfer was completed on Wednesday, with clearance from the UK Border Agency for him to be allowed into the country hoped to arrive in time for Fulham’s visit to Carrow Road next weekend.

69 comments

  • Look on the bright side .......Odemwingie what a total plonker , most entertaining part of the window by far .

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    mjc75

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • wivenhoebudgie I think you could look at it another way, and that is we have done OK in terms of what we got and what we paid. Kamara on loan could be interesting and you never know, could be the next Drogba (?). Then we got Lee Camp an experienced keeper for free and Becchio was probably the best bit of business. A keen and hardworking striker coming in for Morison who was a bit out of sorts. All in all it looks like a very decent and shrewed bit of dealing. The rest of the deals - that fell through were always going to be the over the odds ones. I think the concensus is that we have enough fire-power now to get us 10 or 12 more points from the last 15 games and get us over the line. Come the end of the season I think Hoots will be strengthening the squad big-time. Now lets get 3 points from 'arrys QPR !! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • We can be fickle about dealings, but the boys on the books have got us to here so lets be optimistic. Becchio for Morison is a boost and Kamara another option, squad slighter stronger again - good luck to Morison. Davies for Barnett would have been nice to cover that defence. Hooper had become overpriced, with no guarantee he can perform in PL, certainly at present. If we can keep that Spurs level of performance we are OK and it is pretty obvious DM & CH will strengthen in the summer when better value can be found. Hopefully Bechio & Kamara will allow for a Plan B tactically!!! OTBC

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    johnnyp

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • I tried a longer post that seems to have disappeared so I'll keep this simple, not with the perennial moaners.

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • A headline of be 'ifs, buts and maybes' would be more appropriate. IF we stay up, then McNally's decision to keep our (fire) 'powder dry' will have been be vidicated and we can pick up the likes of Hooper at half the asking price. BUT, if we go down, the $3m (?) shortfall in valuation will be chicken feed to the revenue we will have lost. MAYBE, the outcome will be the same with or without Hooper. Time will tell. Regardless, the fact is we only managed one additional striker, another promising loanee youngster with no 'top level' experience (like Harry Kane) who has already been tried and rejected by Stoke -hardly, inspiring. Most seem to think Becchio will be better than Morro - I'm not convinced. I am more concerned that our formation is such that we don't create the chances for our strikers to put away. The key thing will be to ensure we take points off the teams around us, starting with QPR and Fulham.

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    canarydownunder

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • How can a little club like QPR afford £12.5m & £100,000 a week , the owner isn't a billionaire , the maximum attendance is what 8 or 9000 less than ours . Very very bizarre , big problems if Arry can't keep them up !!

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    mjc75

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • I was sat in the Barclay for that game in '95 , think it was Villa . Been trying to forget that feeling ever since. We'll be ok , bit surprised that McNally & Hughton have been so quiet though ? 3 points tomorrow please .

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    mjc75

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Also, perhaps Stoke didn't want Kamara because they thought he was too like for like for Kenwyn Jones. Or maybe he didn't fit their system. There are many reasons why they may not have signed him other than him not being good enough. Here's hoping, anyway!

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    Daniel

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Daniel I cannot comment on how effectively the Wigan and Reading reinforcements will strengthen their squads but must assume they will otherwise they would not have bothered. If Hughton manages to keep Norwich in the prem. this year with the current squad and most of the club coffers intact, he will have the opportunity to strengthen considerably in the Summer. However doesn't economics suggest that if all the potential buyers of a commodity suddenly have an increase in their disposable income, the price of that commodity will rise? The first £100m transfer fee and £300kweek wage may not be far away. DHWH

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    waclor

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • He's got himself in a right muckin fuddle with 4 Strikers + Snodgrass and Pilkington all trying to do the same job. ….Big problem now, is lack of supply chain!... Be prepared for the High Ball over the top, then kick and rush..... New style Premiership football?... New Plan 'A'?..... and I thought I was a Stew Pydsodd!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Hoping for 3rd. time lucky w this posting: I want us to beat QPR to show that money isn't all that matters. (I didn't say nothing that bad about 'array Rednapp and said I used to like QPR as underdogs.) I won't even mention what station I'll be watching the game on tomorrow at 07:45 local time. Can I add a comment about Holt's vital contribution in heading the ball back under pressure (being fouled?) on Wednesday wo being censored? Fingers crossed (for this comment, but also for 3 pts. at Millionaires Road tomorrow).

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    atlanta canary

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Yes indeed, Erps. Portsmouth.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • There seems to be an awful lot of people on this site yearning for the David O'Leary style of management. "If we spend JUST another £20 million on another player everything in the garden will be rosy". Remember what that did to Villa and Leeds? Having been at the Spurs game I'm now sure that we'll stay up. Celtic will go out of the Champions League soon and at the end of the season Hooper will be that much closer to the end of his contract and so if we still want him will be available at a much less hyper inflated price.

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • I'm not impressed and not at all surprised at the outcome. It reinforces the fact that our first priority is to keep the finances at a level good enough for the club to continue existance, wherever it's in the EPL or Championship etc...Which is a bit disheartening but if that's where we are then so be it. But, I'm sure everyone here remembers the relegation season of 1995. Of all the seasons to get relegated we couldn't have chosen a worse one. The season prior to SKY chucking money in like it was going out of fashion. With the new BT deal starting next season I was hoping despite the ridicules prices the club would risk stretching that bit more in order to increase are chances as much as possible to keep us in the prem. I pray this will not end like 1995...

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    pug

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • at the risk of repeating a post from late last month, no why not, repeat it . We have picked up a guy from Kansas on loan, picked up a keeper on a free, and have done a swap deal for a forward[for a forward]. SPENDING from the Carrow Road coffers ,not a lot,very little sod all.Am I the only one, I think not ,who feels a little cynical about the big money offers made for at least three players - did the club ever expect to get Hooper, Ghraham or Wolfswinkle or was it a ploy to shut up the fans calling for a loosening of the purse strings.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Looking forward to seeing Bechio. Will be interesting how we line up Saturday. As others have started, performances like the one on wed will see us stay up BUT we need to keep Bassong and Holt fit. Without Bassong, our defence is a disaster. OTBC

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Its nice to dream of that big name coming, but so much money asked for players playing in far more inferior leagues. lots of the bigger teams failed to get their targets also. As for the teams below us buying, what QPR have done over the last 12 months is almost suicidal. I am far more comfortable with our approach than theirs.

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    spanishcanary

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Waclor - How have Reading, Southampton, Villa and Wigan significantly strengthened? Agree we could do with more defensive cover, but no way we should be paying 4m for Curtis Davies - we would have been ripped off. January is a seller's market, not a buyer's. With Becchio and Kamara Holt will now know he won't have to shoulder all of the responsibility.

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    Daniel

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • We've seen the departure of our most influential striker, Morison. He's been on strike for a year .

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Hi MB, im confused with the whole Tierney situation. Before the injury i thought he looked strong and sharp and a good player. Since then we almost see or hear nothing of him. Any ideas?

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    spanishcanary

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Didn't something happen between Tierney and Morison last season , maybe with Moro gone he'll appear a bit more ?

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    mjc75

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Whatever the club does won't suit everyone. But I will say that all credit goes to David McNally for not being brow beaten into paying stupid money for any one particular player. At the end of the day, I think City have done very well with the two strikers they have got. All it needs now is for someone to tell Hoots that there is more than one formation he can use and, for goodness sake, to use his subs!!! I hear Harry Kane has been recalled by Spurs. What was the point in taking him on loan in the first place if he wasn't going to be used (injury aside of course)!! It speaks volumes for this "I'm only going to use the same formation and the same team" until both get so tired it ceases to function anymore. Kamara and Becchio can make a big difference if they get the chance to play to their full potential in a 4-4-2 style formation. Here's hoping! otbc

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    Canarygirl

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • DocOhNo! That rule you quote is incomplete., Of course you can't please everyone all of the time, but there are some that can be pleased all of the time, no matter what. What camp do you fall into?

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Well I for one am happy with Kamara and Becchio. I think we might have done very well there. Not getting Hooper was a bit disappointing but I agree with you guys; grossly overpriced! After the game against Spurs I feel much better about our chances but will someone please tell Hoots that subs are on the bench for a purpose; to be used early into the second half, if necessary, to chance tactics and\or formation. If he had put another striker on and changed the midfield a little we could have won. It's all very well getting new players, he has to use them consistently and not persist with this lone striker up front. But with these new additions and Kane as well (he's had very little opportunity to show what he can do) I am more confident now we will be okay. otbc

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    Canarygirl

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • I wouldn't say I'm unhappy with the signings, I've always rated Becchio but I was dreaming of HoopWinkel. I came accross this on wikipedia admittedly, but still interesting with regards to Hughton's tactics: 'Becchio struggled for goals for Leeds since returning from injury, with him being asked to play in more of a deeper strikers role to hold the ball up for the midfield. Against Tottenham Hotspur Becchio was dropped to the bench and replaced up front by Robert Snodgrass'

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    vintage633

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Agree in principle with Ghana Dom and Johnyyp especially after the Spurs game... AC Canary, £8m for Hooper, I don't think so, the whole idea of bartering is movement on both sides. Celtic were only going to sell if the players they'd been eying (correct spelling) up were released. Bad business all round, and if you think there were reasonable players going for between £3m and £5m. I'm happy to be sure, optimistic after Spurs and two new strikers....but will we change the way we play???? Good time to play QPR with Samba saying he is not as fit as he should be and not being used the the Prems pace. OTBC

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    Lobbo

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • In football the rule isn't "you can't please all the people all the time" it's "there are some people who won't be pleased no matter what you do!".

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • It is what it is. We don't have the money for huge transfers and massive weekly wages so I am glad that we are living within our means. We seem to have some good prospects like the Murphys in the U21s so let's see what we can do with them as well. As long as we can hang on in there this season, the financial base should really start to grow. However, as others have said, I would like to see CH taking a little risk now and again, changing gears during the game and going for the win.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Great summary, chirpy. I also think we should stay up provide the squad play with spirit like they did vs Spurs. It`s the frailty in a Bassong-less defence that worries me, plus Whit`s unfortunate injury record since he`s been here. Also, young Ryan Bennett seems to be having a crisis of confidence. Btw, you probably have read that Declan`s gone on loan to Preston? spanishcanary & I have been wondering what`s happened to Tierney. Has almost disappeared. Any ideas?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Pessimists oh pessimists, waclor, AC et al. All pessimists. Cheer up. The team we already had would have kept us up. We only need 10 to 14 points to say up, by my reckoning. Waclor, you think we only spent 200K? Bad maths. That may be what we paid in cash, but not what we paid in value. And you all want us to run before we can walk, and then go back to the dark days? Why dont you go out and get a jag Vintage633, or a Vintage even though you cant afford it, just because you prefer it. You dont think Hughton would prefer HooperWinkel too? Think outside the box people! OTBC, IHWT

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    Ghana Dom

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Happy to hear that Kane has been recalled. What a waste of space. Now watch him go and have a blinder for spurs for the rest of the season!

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    CovCanary

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • To be fair to the club and Hughton, he came in a bit late in the summer. He looked at the team and buttressed the defence, not a lot of time to do otherwise. The club didn't buy before the new manager came in, in my view quite rightly so. It's clear we need a new striker and at the transfer window we got two. People keep posting about "Plan B" but looking at the way our reserves played against Luton I have serious doubts that we had the personnel capable of running a successful Plan B. The rebuilding of the team won't happen overnight and I'm sure there will be wobbles on the way.

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Lobbo, saw that Samba interview hopefully thats not a load of bull!! With that in mind we should strongly think about playing Holt & Becchio together. Now this transfer window has finished ( to be honest it has little to do with football, and more to do people trying to speculate to accumulate ) lets focus on the job in hand - 13 points.OTBC

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    johnnyp

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Atlanta, you can't say anything bad about 'arry, he seems to be a national treasure as far as some of the press are concerned. He always has great wingers, his experience of wide boys is unparalleled in the modern game.

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    DocOhNo

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • All this drama about a private jet standing by in Scotland! If that was for Hooper, it was never going to happen. Celtic were too keen to keep him and his price was over-inflated. Added to which, why would he want to move to Norwich, anyway? Celtic are still in the CL and going to win the SPL by a country mile. If he was going to move, it was only going to be to a major English club and as none had come in for him, any move away from Celtic Park was never on. We spend far too much time chasing a Scottish rainbow! I am not sure about Kai Kamara. He is relatively unknown here. Becchio looks a promising signing. So we will have to wait andf see if this gives us the firepower so desperately lacking this season.

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    malaga flier

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • I agree with Dubai -- we've done OK. Let's hope we beat QPR,not just for the 3 pts. but to show that money may talk but it doesn't always get the job done. And I used to quite like QPR -- underdogs, small club, loyal fans, tight stadium (sound familiar?) and I have a soft spot for Harry the red-nosed Rednapp. That said, Stuff 'em! I'll be watching on ESPN at 07:45 on ESPN 2 here. OTBC.

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    atlanta canary

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Oh and by the way guys; just be thankful that we are not committing financial suicide like QPR are at the moment. What in the world are they doing buying a half fit Samba for 12.5m and then agreeing to pay him 100k per week!! (And I'm not convinced about Remy but willing to be proved wrong). Complete madness in my mind. At least we showed sensible ambition it just didn't come off this time round. Lets go there tomorrow and add to their woes. A big win will do very nicely. otbc

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    Canarygirl

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Don't know what all the excitment over Hooper was. He only plays against poor teams week in and week out, how does that qualify him to be in the premiership and worth £10 Mill. If it's true City offered 8 million for him I am sure we could have done better elsewere for that sort of money. Our scouting team must live in Leeds and never leave the County or Country.

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    goldie

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Daniel`s right about Curtis Davies` price-tag That £4m was well OTT. I`d sort of hoped a partex involving Barnett, maybe, could`ve been brokered. Having said that, Barney`s a good guy & maybe would thrive playing alongside Superbass? Is Samba 3x better than Seb? I don`t think so.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Are QPR now going down the Portsmouth route? I really hope Kei Kamara turns out to be a revelation. Becchio should do a solid job. Fingers crossed.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Somebody earlier mentioned CH's reluctance to change things round and bring on the subs earlier. I also wish he would when its obvious things aint working. Made me think, anyone know whether there are any stats kept of how many minutes are played by subs per club throughout the PL? I would hazard a guess that we'd be very near the bottom of that league!! Oh, and btw, I agree we should not have paid over the odds for any player. There's no guarantee that tactic would keep us up. Hmmm, yes, and good luck QPR - not!.

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    zebbee

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • All this drama about a private jet standing by in Scotland! If that was for Hooper, it was never going to happen. Celtic were too keen to keep him and his price was over-inflated. Added to which, why would he want to move to Norwich, anyway? Celtic are still in the CL and going to win the SPL by a country mile. If he was going to move, it was only going to be to a major English club and as none had come in for him, any move away from Celtic Park was never on. We spend far too much time chasing a Scottish rainbow! I am not sure about Kai Kamara. He is relatively unknown here. Becchio looks a promising signing. So we will have to wait andf see if this gives us the firepower so desperately lacking this season.

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    malaga flier

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • I fall into the camp that doesn't have a knee jerk reaction against the club whenever any news comes out. Celtic ask too much money, Norwich City are too blame. A foreign club asks for a ridiculous fee, Norwich City are to blame. I regularly laugh when listening to fans of Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea etc on 5 Live at their sense of entitlement, I must admit I have the same reaction at some of the posts I see here. I'm sorry to say that I'm old enough to have seen too many clubs going very near, if not too the wall because they paid stupid money on transfers. We have a good 1st eleven and some terrible reserves. The squad needs improving but I'd rather support NCFC in 5 years' time, NOT NCFC (2014) or whatever Phoenix team would be invented like they did in Scotland with Rangers. Does that make my position clear enough?

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Let's put all this over-hyped stuff to bed now and get on with tomorrow. I am so pleased we didn't overpay for anyone. For QPR, if they go down, read Portsmouth. The prize to stay in the Premier League is huge, but not at any price. We want a club to support down the years, and we have competed with the very best this season. The same application EVERY match, and we will be alright.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Stew, after all the worry that we were going to play 10 midfielders, we have a plan B. Play 4 keepers ,1 defender, 1 midfielder and 5 forwards !

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • On a different subject , how come Stoke's new yank lad gets his work permit on the same day through a "special" hearing ? Yet Special K has to wait 2 weeks , WTF .

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    mjc75

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Daniel, Reading and Wigan have both brought in four players whilst Southampton and Villa each brought in just one. Look at the other teams from which Norwich hope to take points, Fulham have signed a few, Newcastle and West Ham have but Norwich have already played them twice this season, and QPR now have a staff list greater than the NHS. Norwich just didn't look prepared. Only four targets were mentioned although I accept that many more may have slipped the media's attention. Swansea can find bargains in Europe so where is the Norwich scouting network? I do have to say that this weeks dealings do look like very good value but only go part way to providing a balanced squad with cover in all areas of teh pitch not just in goal and midfield. However hope we won't need the cover and here's praying for six points in the next two matches. DHWH

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    waclor

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • How quick is Wikipedia having Becchio as a Norwich City player. Impressed.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Only QPR, in buying Samba, paid over the odds. If Hooper and Davies. were each on £30k a week they would be paid £14m a month £3m a year. This on top of a combined transfer fee of £12m. Besides Celtic had no replacement striker and were Brimingham interested in our exchange offer anyway.

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    Capri

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • By value, Ghana Dom, do you mean bartering Moro for Becchio? Remember Hughton wnted to lend Moro to Notts Forest at the beginning of the season so he doesn't rate him. I always thought Moro played as if he was aware that he was playing above the level at which he should have been. I wish him good fortune with Leeds. I am not advocating £20m deals for unproven strikers but where is the defensive cover in the present squad particularly at full back? A couple of injuries and those 13 points could prove to be very elusive. All the teams fighting against relegation have strengthened their squads considerably more than Norwich.

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    waclor

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Our European scouting network stretches all the way to West Yorkshire :))

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    pug

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • I think Becchio could be alright for us - better than Morison anyway, we've got a good deal there. Kamara is an interesting one - I hope that we've had the sense to put in an option to buy him at an agreed price if he does turn out well on loan. Camp gives us a good chance to send Rudd out on loan, and hopefully we can do the same with Steer in the next couple of days. I think Hooper would have been a big risk, particularly at 9 or 10 million - surely we could have got RVW for close to that, although McNally mentioned on Twitter that 'our main international target' was available for 20 million euros - which of course is far too much. Hopefully we can have a big push for RVW in the summer, provided we stay up, as prices are always cheaper then, and there will be less time on his contract, but other clubs might well be interested in him by then. All in all, while we didn't get exactly what we wanted - I'd have really liked a new centre-half to partner Bassong, Curtis Davies or preferably Michael Dawson - this window wasn't a complete disaster. I think we should have enough quality to stay up.

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    chirpy

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • We can be fickle about dealings, but the boys on the books have got us to here so lets be optimistic. Becchio for Morison is a boost and Kamara another option, squad slighter stronger again - good luck to Morison. Davies for Barnett would have been nice to cover that defence. Hooper had become overpriced, with no guarantee he can perform in PL, certainly at present. If we can keep that Spurs level of performance we are OK and it is pretty obvious DM & CH will strengthen in the summer when better value can be found. Hopefully Bechio & Kamara will allow for a Plan B tactically!!! OTBC

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    johnnyp

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Yes I really wanted to see Rocky van Bullwinkel playing for us but we do not have that sort of money at the moment. I do not know whether these guys that are coming in can do it or not at this level, it's a gamble. Grant Holt worked out for us, on balance Aaron Wilbraham didn't and Steve Morisson has been really flat this season. Personally, I was always a fan of the versatile Henri Lansbury. It was a shame to see him sold to Notts Forest for $1M last August. I always thought that he had the flair that we needed and still seems to be missing.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • We never had any intentions of buying Hooper. Celtic wanted 8m so we made sure we would stay under that tag..where has the money gone? its crazy we will go down for sure

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    AC Canary

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • There seems to be an awful lot of pessimisim at the moment. Looking at CH past signings - who is complaining about Bassong, Tettey, Whittaker and Snodgrass - all have added to the quality of the squad? Turner has been playing better than those bought by PL? Morrison was bought by PL. Kamara is an unknown quantity but so was Michu when he was bought by Swansea. Let us see how both additions to the squad actually play before we condemn them. It might also concentrate the mind of Holt too if he feels he has real competetion for a place.

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    andy

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Good point mjc. Could it be Winton Rufer all over again?

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    waclor

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Yes, I'm sure you're right. I dislike pessimism, but on occasions it gets the best of me. Compared to many our club has been run quite well during it's existence but there have been some mind-boggling decisions over the last 20 years, such as selling Sutton to Blackburn and the incredible press conference that followed! Denying Worthing the cash to buy Ashton at the start of the season but allowing him to get the player in January where no doubt the price had increased (too little too late by then). When a team tactic tends to be based on a lone striker you hope that money would be used to bring someone of sufficient top flight experience at least from one of the major top tier divisions in Europe not necessary just the EPL... I think it's correct to assume that I'm being a little paranoid!

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    pug

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Just heard that Kane has been recalled by Spurs , thank you AVB , made my day .

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    mjc75

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • mjc75, `Arry`s dog is raiding its savings. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Has Lennon got an advanced qualification in p*****g people about?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Yes Rip Van Winkle would have been nice , but paying £5m over the top for Hooper & £2.5m more for Davies would not really have been good business . Becchio and Kamara in addition to what we've already got should see us over the line . We can all laugh at Celtic when they lose to Juventus and make nothing near £5m . Keep the faith OTBC

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    mjc75

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Oops - meant wouldn't** call that considerable strengthening!

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    Daniel

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • I really don`t know, spanish. He just seems to have faded from the radar. Didn`t play vs Luton. He is the main(only?) back-up LB, too. Oops! Did the wrong sort of slash on my previous post - only the backward one works. Does anybody have "insiders" on Tierney?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Btw, agree with waclor ref the Bassong back-up issue. Curtis Davies looked tailor made. Also, now Lapps has gone we`re a bit light on FB reserves too. Specially if it`s deemed necessary to use Cafu as a CB in the event of TurnerBass getting crocked. I hope Whitaker`s injury problems are behind him, too. Is Tierney OK?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • At least we`ve spent Sweet FA, I suppose. Just hope we can hang on in there - we don`t want to be the richest relegated club. Hopefully, Holt might get a bit of support now & start scoring again.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Will be watching the QPR game tomorrow and interested to see how Becchio fits in and what tactics Hughton employs, especially away from home. We must push on more, get higher up the pitch and move the ball quicker and more decisively. We cannot afford to continue to set up simply not to get beaten. For a start we don't have enough quality defenders. Once an opponent gets on top and pushes us back all the time, they are always favourite to score and win the game. I am not saying we have to be cavalier about the way we play. But we must go out with the intention of trying to win games, especially the key ones against the less good teams.

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    malaga flier

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • So that's it then, our brilliant management team have invested £200k in an effort to stay in the PL and get £72m in tv money next season. Becchio for Morrison looks a very good deal and a punt on Kamara looks to be a risk-free move. However it seems that cover is only needed for goalkeepers. I would have liked to see another class centre back and a full back, both for competition and for injury cover. One thing is certain though, I am so glad City did not squander £8m or more on Hooper. Overpriced by £3m. This whole saga does not do much to give confidence in the club and it's scounting organisation. Don't leave it all till the last minute.

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    waclor

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Waclor, would call that considerable strengthening from Wigan or Reading though. Just more bodies. I agree that Newcastle and Fulham seem to have done good business though. Would rather have Becchio than anyone Wigan, Reading, Villa or Southampton brought in though.

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    Daniel

    Friday, February 1, 2013

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