Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has confirmed he is targeting ex-Everton defender Joseph Yobo as the man to bolster his depleted central defence – and the Canaries’ chief also scotched talk of surprise exits for Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Javier Garrido.

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City’s club record signing van Wolfswinkel was touted with a return to his native Holland during the week and a potential loan stint at PSV Eindhoven after a frustrating injury-hit start to his Norwich career. Garrido has also been linked with a loan move to Spanish club Real Betis, but Hughton dismissed both reports at his Colney pre-match press call on Thursday afternoon ahead of the Premier League trip to Cardiff. Hughton insisted any rumours van Wolfswinkel is unsettled at Carrow Road are wide of the mark.

“Not that I am aware of. If people think he is homesick or he hasn’t settled you couldn’t be further from the truth,” said Hughton. “There is no doubt Ricky would not have got the goals he would have liked to. What he has given the team is a whole-hearted work ethic. He enjoys training. He is a very good personality to have around. He is delighted to be here. He wouldn’t be the first person who has taken a while to get into his stride. It is frustrating for him because he somebody who is used to scoring goals. It becomes a question of confidence and once he gets the first the others will come quickly. He is a striker and they are used to these periods. I don’t think I need to give any message to other clubs. He is someone we signed on a long term deal in the summer and he is an integral part here.

“As regards Javi, that is the first I have heard of that. It has been tough for Javi with the form that Martin Olsson has been in. He is an integral part of the squad. He works and trains hard every day and he is a very valued member of the squad.”

Hughton also denied any interest in AZ Alkmaar’s Johann Gudmundsson and distanced the club from continuing reports of a bid for Blackburn’s Scott Dann as he looked to tie up a short-term deal for Fenerbahce’s Yobo.

“He is someone we are in talks with at the moment,” said Hughton. “Everyone knows we have a problem with Michael Turner who has a hamstring pull that will keep him out for a fair amount of time. We needed to fill that area and of course Joseph is somebody who knows this division very, very well. He has great experience and that is one we hope to see completed. Whether he would be available for this weekend is something we will have to think about. He is not in England at present. What is more important is we are in talks at the moment.

“I think Scott Dann has been linked because most people have looked at a situation at centre half and perhaps looked at alternatives who might be available. No, he is just one of a few names that have been mentioned but we are trying to push through the Yobo deal.”

Hughton revealed there was no change in Wes Hoolahan’s situation ahead of deadline day although the City boss was forced to respond to an incident earlier in the day when the Republic of Ireland international is understood to have been involved in a brief off-air exchange with a television reporter, during which Hoolahan was allegedly disparaging towards his current employers.

“What you are telling me is news to me. It is not something I am aware of and is something I will have to investigate,” said Hughton. “What I have always been able to do is front the media on something I have knowledge of and can speak of in an appropriate and correct way. We know it is an unsettling time for players in that situation (out of the team), but it won’t be the first or the last time you have to deal with situations like that, and it is my responsibility as the manager (to do so). There are always going to be procedures you have at the club, whether a player wants to go or whether the club want to keep that particular player. At this moment, Wes is very much a Norwich player.”

26 comments

  • Answer: No. No one has the foggiest idea what the man is talking about. His thinking is as muddled as his management.

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Have you guys read what Wes is allegedly supposed to have said? He called our club a "blasted toilet" according to a popular Irish newspaper. Sounds like a man who has definitely had enough... Lobbo, if RvW scores 3 at Cardiff I'll do a Roy Waller round Civic Gardens. In a British February.

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    el dingo

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Mad Brewer, Or does he sound more and more like Glenn Roeder, busy with making himself unpopular with the press and the supporters? The sooner he is out of the door, the better for City, that`s for sure.

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    norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • There are times when I look enviously at the opponents bench .. never more so than when we played Villa , not a player but one Ian Culverhouse ! How Colney must miss him ! ! .

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    Kristafa

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Lobbo, I do a regular bet. I`m way down this season `cos I let my heart rule my head. I could almost be another Dubai Canary-type delusionist, even LYB or Canarygirl. Then, maybe happiness is the only thing that matters? Hughton sounds more and more like the frosty Lilith Sternin of Cheers\Frasier. Lilith specialised in training\conditioning white laboratory rats to accept being last off and sinking.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • RVW has the ability. It just takes some players longer to adapt to premiership football. Chances are very few (especially with the service our midfield give). But look at Howson, last season he was struggling to get going and this season he has been one of our best. I have faith in the Wolf

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    AC Canary

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • There are times when I look enviously at the opponenents bench .. never more so than when we played Villa , not a player but one Ian Culverhouse ! How Colney must miss him ! ! .

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    Kristafa

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • What we really want to hear is RvW Garrido and Hoolahan on the future of Hughton.

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    waclor

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Ah , Barking, as Eric once said ' the trawlers are following the sardines.' Makes about as much sense as ...... does it not. missed out the seagulls. duckerama !!!

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • RVW won't get many opportunities like this Saturday's game. I'll put him down for a hat trick then. A 3-0 win for NC, that's my prediction. Buy the way Brew, first time I've ever had a flutter on a Norwich game was against Newcastle. I took everyone's advice and had them down for a 2-1 win. Wasted my money there.

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • ok algarve, no Titanic jokes, but didnt someone once say you dirty ****

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Cardiff away certainly does look like a potential opportunity for points ! Sorry for being such an optimist - but RVW simply has to come good at some point and get a hat full of goals. A win on Saturday would maybe have more of you starting to believe that we CAN get something out of this season. Right, I am off to Jo'Burg tonight - have fun !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • CH might just be feeling the negativity around the club at the moment when the league positions shows different & whatever he does gets criticism. As for Hoolahan yes he's been good for the club in the past but believe or not that's what he is paid to do. Just saying.

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    Konrad54

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Johnson won his appeal , amazed !

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    mjc75

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • £10 says Elliott Bennett will be our top scorer by the end of the season !!!!

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • The first person to mention rats and sinking ships, gets a slap!!:)

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    Algarve Canary

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Sell them all I say, then make the manager redundant and let Neil Adams and the Youth side play out the rest of the season, that way, we might get some exciting games to watch down at Carrow Road.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • rvw & hopper will not score goals with the sevice they are getting.did anyone see pilkintons cross agains newcasle?nearly hit the corner flag on the opposite side of the pitch.classy.

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    bluelight

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Does anyone know what this actually means? “What I have always been able to do is front the media on something I have knowledge of and can speak of in an appropriate and correct way."

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Fjordmegahoolafan, Hughton has displayed signs of Roedent Disease of late. Clearly uncomfortable with people of character, or just people generally. He`ll be OK. The players will be OK. The board will always be OK. The fans? They get all they might expect from chosing a vicarious life. As long as they believe they`re OK. Sad, funny old World.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • I only read this article because I see Wolfnuts might be moving on... I thought !! Kings Lynn, Dereham, Lowestoft, Acle, then I thought NO they want someone who can score goals, who ever said he may come good is praying like "Our Chris", this guy can't cut the mustard the sooner he realise that the Scam DVD he saw touting his prowess in front of goal was doctored the better off we'll be... I fancy Yobo, he's got a point to prove. Scott Dann, a good scrapper would relish a punt at top level, link well with Snodgrass, could do lot worse.

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    OLDYELLA

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • BBC Gossip reports Wes`s `foul-mouthed outburst against the club` but their source was the Daily Star, so.... "Blasted toilet" doesn`t sound that foul. The Moderators let you say it, el dingo! Looks like endgame for Hoolahan. If these reports are true (journalists are so reliable normally, aren`t they), Wes must be really upset.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Sound to me like rodents escaping a submerging boat

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    Burglecut

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Johnson avoiding a 3 or 4 match ban is a real bonus for us !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Looks like Hoolahan won't be going anywhere. In some ways I suspect a move might have been better for both the player and the club. As for RvW, perhaps he still isn't 100% match fit having been sidelined for so long. Also, with such scant service, it isn't surprising he isn't scoring. But that isn't just RvW. The overall lack of goals is the main worry and just isn't good enough and I still believe the root cause lies in our inability to work as a team, to pass and move and to close opponents down early on. I can only assume these very basic requirements are simply not being worked on hard enough on the training ground. Day in, day out, the squad should be drilled to work as a unit. What we are seeing week in week out on the pitch is evidence that this is just not happening. If they were working efficiently as a unit we would be a far better team all round and every player would look better, even those who frankly are pretty average technically.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • They let me say it too!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 31, 2014

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