Aside from the extension of drama surrounding Wes Hoolahan in the winter window’s dying embers, things are pretty quiet at Carrow Road.
Even more so than bringing in new talent, it’s appeared that the general mission of January 2014 for Norwich City has been to keep the current squad intact.
The same official statement that condemned Hoolahan’s transfer request confirmed this aim – sharply stating that players would only be allowed in, not out.
And aside from a couple of low-profile deals for youngsters having no involvement in the first team, it appears the East Anglian club have fulfilled this ‘promise’ of sorts.
But, as expected from many, it’s come at a price.
On Thursday Hoolahan’s anger at the situation reportedly boiled over at Norwich’s Colney training ground – a group of journalists feeling the Irishman’s wrath after making a quip about clearing out his locker.
“I hope so,” the 31-year-old reportedly responded.
As the 11pm deadline draws nearer rumblings of a late swoop from West Brom for the wantaway midfielder have abounded. Yet it remains unclear whether Norwich will change their hardline stance in view of Thursday’s events and an offer from a club other than Aston Villa – relations between the two being rather icy.
Robert Snodgrass has apologised for his bust-up with Canaries supporters in the midweek clash against Newcastle to allay fears of a departure, whilst warnings made to Swansea regarding interest in Anthony Pilkington and Nathan Redmond have seemingly been heeded.
After reportedly failing in the pursuit of Serie A trio Andrea Ranocchia, Nicolas Burdisso and Michael Ciani, Norwich at last announced the capture of a defender – sealing a loan deal for Fenerbahce’s Joseph Yobo.
The 33-year-old brings a wealth of Premier League experience to the back line at Carrow Road, having spent a decade on Everton’s books in his younger years.
Yobo joins Newcastle loanee Jonas Gutierrez as only the second signing made by Hughton and company this January – foreseeably the last as well with activity lacking on Friday evening.
Never wise is it to fully rule out last-minute deals but as things stand, it looks the Canaries’ transfer campaign is done and dusted for the stretch run.
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