So, today`s the day then. The final day of the 2016 winter transfer window and I will admit to being a tiny bit relieved.
Don`t get me wrong, I absolutely love the transfer window but it is a very, very, very busy time for me as Editor of the site. January and August are the busiest months on the site. They have the most articles because there is almost daily news and speculation about who Norwich may be watching, enquiring about or actually signing.
I feel a certain amount of pressure to make sure that this sort of news is reported as soon as I possibly can because the site news needs to be up to date and relevant, or there`s no point. You want to know that Patrick Bamford has signed on loan when it happens, not the next day because if I can`t keep it up to date then you`ll read about it elsewhere and that would make me completely irrelevant. Anyway, the fact that the visiting figures for the two big transfer window months go through the roof compared to other months makes it clear that transfers are what really float people`s boats.
I love this time of the year on the site but will relax a bit from Tuesday onwards, when I just have to manage the normal everyday stuff rather than left backs from Inter Milan.
So what can we expect today in terms of comings and goings, if anything?
It seems pretty clear that Norwich City have tied up most of their transfer business. Six signings in the month, five of them for the first team, is a decent effort from the board and they clearly have learnt the lesson of our last January window in the Premier League. That window yielded just loan deals for Jonas Gutierrez and Joseph Yobo and almost sealed relegation right there and then. This time, money has been spent on useful looking players and the squad has definitely been strengthened.
There are still two real links in terms of incoming possibilities for Norwich, in the form of Stoke striker Mame Biram Diouf and Inter Milan left back, Davide Santon.
TalkSport reported on Friday that Norwich were “closing in” on the signing of Diouf but then on Sunday, The Telegraph reported that Stoke had rejected a £10m offer for their man from abroad. No mention of Norwich and the story said that Mark Hughes expected Diouf to stay at Stoke in this window.
£10m is quite a lot for Diouf to my mind and Stoke value him even higher but I suppose that is the current market.
The other link to Santon, was still bubbling away on Sunday in Italy. Tuttosport reported that Norwich City, West Ham and West Brom are all interested in a deadline day move for Santon. Newcastle have just had a deal for a left back from Athletico Madrid fall through after a late move by Valencia and Steve McLaren seems intent on signing a left back today. Could he return for a former Magpie?
Tuttosport say that Inter are open to letting Santon leave and will quickly replace him if that happens. It`s worth noting that Santon has made three deadline day transfers since 2011. I expect he`s well versed in what`s required and probably has a suitcase packed in the hall of his Milan home right now.
One other leftfield teaser came from journo and City fan Dan O`Hagen on Sunday. He`s going to be at Carrow Road, reporting all day, on Monday and said he`d heard a “tasty” Norwich transfer rumour that nobody had picked up on yet. We`ll see.
In terms of outgoings, there could be a few fringe first team candidates for a late move with the most obvious being Kyle Lafferty. Sky Sports reported on Sunday evening that a loan move to FC Sion in Switzerland (one of Lafferty`s previous clubs) had fallen through, leaving Laffs with just 24 hours to sort out something else. The Yorkshire Post immediately hoped that Leeds would make another move and if a loan was going to be alright for Sion then Leeds could do the same, couldn`t they?
Alex Neil has said that the club would prefer to sell Lafferty rather than loan him but at the eleventh hour, perhaps that stance has changed now. I know Laffs wants to play regularly and he clearly isn`t going to get that at Carrow Road but he is a “heart on his sleeve” type of player. He`s honest, physical (sometimes too much) and up for a fight. Norwich are in a relegation scrap and being purely selfish, couldn`t we do with those sort of attributes, even if only on the bench?
We`ll try and keep you abreast of the day`s news as it happens.
Cheers for reading.