Norwich City manager Daniel Farke has reiterated that the Canaries are operating on a budget and investing shrewdly so as to not risk the future of the club but hoped that the purse strings may be loosened in the January transfer window (The Pink Un).
The Carrow Road outfit won the Championship title last season and is back in the Premier League for the first time since 2016, following up their promotion with five first-team signings, three of which were loans, one a free transfer, and just one senior purchase in Sam Byram.
Norwich did, however, reward most of their promotion heroes from last season with new long-term contracts, including Max Aarons, who was being linked with the likes of Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur over the past few months, as reported by The Pink Un.
Farke previously alluded to the "sins in the past" that the Canaries are "still paying for" (official Norwich website) and, speaking to The Pink Un, he reiterated the importance of being shrewd, although he did hope that things may be different in January.
"Listen, we made it clear the long term project is to make this club a permanent member of the Premier League or, if not, to be able to fight for immediate promotion," said Farke. "We don't want to risk the future of our club. We have to refund ourselves. We are not able to spend more money.
"You can maybe survive for one year in the Premier League if you spend money but you can just as easy go down to League One. We wanted to invest in our academy and our infrastructure. Hopefully (in January) it will be different. It is not like I am overly happy that we can't spend more money. I would like to sign more quality players because I like to work with them but I totally buy into our philosophy... I knew the situation when I signed a contract."
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