Norwich boss Hughton in the market for new striker

The 54-year-old is looking for new options up front following the departures of Simeon Jackson and Grant Holt this month, and confirmed Leon Barnett is free to leave the club
Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has confirmed he is hoping to sign a striker before the new Premier League season starts.

The Canaries have already brought a number of players to Carrow Road this summer, including Leroy Fer and Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

However, Simeon Jackson joined newly promoted Bundesliga side Braunschweig earlier this month and club captain Grant Holt moved to Wigan for £2 million, prompting Hughton to search the transfer market for a new striker.

On reports linking the Canaries with Juventus forward Fabio Quagliarella and Catania's Maxi Lopez, Hughton told the Norwich Evening News: "Yes, I have seen the reports that I was in Italy.

"There are players that we would have an interest in bringing to the club but wanting to bring someone here and actually getting them here is two different things.

"The areas that we felt we needed to improve were the offensive areas. We brought Ricky [van Wolfswinkel] in but on the other side of it Simeon [Jackson] and Holty [Grant Holt] have departed so, yes, the forward area is one we are looking to do something."

The Norwich boss opted out of flying to the club's pre-season tour of America with the rest of his squad, choosing to work on more transfers in England, but the 54-year-old had a word of caution for those expecting imminent arrivals.

"Anybody putting two and two together would certainly get the wrong number," he added. "I did delay my arrival but what I would say about that is we have a responsibility to improve the squad where and when we can.

"That is what we continue to try and do. What I can say is there are no done deals but certainly the reason I came away a little bit later was because I felt I needed to be in the UK as we try to do some business. But certainly at this moment, no done deals."