Norwich manager Chris Hughton will work right up to the transfer window deadline as he bids to strengthen his squad for the new Barclays Premier League campaign.
England Under-21 winger Nathan Redmond on Thursday became the Norfolk club’s third signing of the summer when he moved from Birmingham, which followed the permanent deal for on-loan Lazio defender Javier Garrido and a record £8.5m transfer of Holland forward Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
Hughton is determined to do all he can to add more reinforcements over the next eight weeks – with PSV Eindhoven’s Sweden attacking midfielder Ola Toivonen, Lokomotiv Moscow’s £6m-rated Senegal striker Dame N’Doye and Blackburn left-back Martin Olsson all reported targets.
“The target is always to bring in players as soon as possible to integrate them into the squad, but if you look across the Premier League some clubs have done good business, others have hardly done any,” said Hughton, who takes his players out for a training camp in Austria and then off on a three-match pre-season tour to the United States later this month.
“It really is about using the period of time you are allowed in the best way, so that means we are allowed until the end of August – but I want to stress again it is about adding to what we have and we are happy with what we have here already. If we can do it earlier, then great.
“We have got no particular number on how many more will come in. We are no different to anybody else. We won’t bring in unless we feel it benefits us.”
Norwich’s England squad goalkeeper John Ruddy is very much on Chelsea’s radar as new manager Jose Mourinho seeks cover for Petr Cech. The Blues are understood to be ready to improve on their £5m offer which was rejected. Captain Grant Holt has also been linked with a move away from Carrow Road.
Hughton, though, went on the defensive when asked if bids had been lodged for any of his key men.
“No, and probably if there was I wouldn’t say it,” he said. “The best way is to conduct business behind closed doors. If there has been interest in our players then that is a plus as far as I am concerned because we must be doing something right.
“I think if there is speculation regarding players we want to bring in it indicates we are attempting to do some work – some of those names will come into the public domain, but the majority will not.”