Hughton hints at boosting squad

Norwich manager Chris Hughton may look to strengthen further before the transfer window closes, while Mauricio Pochettino admits Southampton could do with some reinforcements.

Hughton hints at boosting squad

Less than four years ago the Canaries and Saints were both in the third tier and played one another in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. Norwich edged past Southampton 1-0 on Saturday as they faced up in the Premier League – somewhere their combined £65m (€76m) summer spending shows they plan to stay.

“What we have is a very structured recruitment policy at the club that I would like to think has served us quite well in this pre-season,” said Hughton. “And through that if it is right to bring someone, then we will, but if we don’t then I am very happy with the squad that we have got.”

Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Johan Elmander and Gary Hooper have all arrived at Norwich this summer, as has teenager Nathan Redmond. The winger capped a fine performance with the winner against Southampton, but it was another new recruit, Leroy Fer, that was named man of the match.

Southampton’s summer recruitment has involved less players but came at a cost of £35m (€41m), Dejan Lovren, Victor Wanyama and Dani Osvaldo the three arrivals.

“There’s a long time that we can make a lot of decisions, but, like us, the rest of the clubs are also looking to add to the squads, or have players leave their squads, so from here until now we’ll see what happens,” said Pochettino.

Meanwhile Mark Hughes believes Stoke’s promising start to the season has given him breathing space at the Britannia Stadium.

The Potters secured their third successive victory with a 1-0 Premier League triumph at West Ham on Saturday thanks to Jermaine Pennant’s magnificent curling free-kick eight minutes from time.

“I think the fans are enjoying what they’re seeing. It’s a work in progress,” the Welshman said.

Stoke dominated and should have won more comfortably only for Kenwyne Jones, Marc Wilson and Jonathan Walters to butcher first-half chances. At the other end, toothless West Ham failed to muster a shot at goal in a performance that will add urgency to manager Sam Allardyce’s attempts to bring in a forward before the transfer window closes on Monday evening.

Allardyce must sell before buying, with Ricardo Vaz Te – who is “frustrated” with life at Upton Park – set to depart.

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