Norwich City injuries influence January targets

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has said injuries to strikers Grant Holt and Steve Morison will put a forward among his January transfer targets.

Holt has played once in the Canaries' last four games, while Morison missed Tuesday's defeat by West Ham.

"Of course I've had a problem with Grant missing some games and Steve Morison also injured now," Hughton told BBC Radio Norfolk.

Norwich forward options

  • Harry Kane, 19, on loan from Tottenham, has one Premier League start and no goals to his name
  • Simeon Jackson, 25, has 14 Premier League starts and four goals
  • Chris Martin, 24, is on loan at Swindon until 5 January
  • James Vaughan, 24, is on loan at Huddersfield until the end of the season

"It's an area that of course we have looked at."

Hughton continued: "But the best way of doing business is very much behind the scenes."

Norwich's joint-top scorer Holt, 31, picked up a hamstring injury against Wigan on 15 December and has only featured in the Boxing Day loss by Chelsea since.

Morison, 29, replaced the frontman for the 4-3 loss by Manchester City on Saturday, but had to sit out the Hammers clash with an injury of his own.

"Grant's very close. Stevie's got a slight thigh strain which will certainly keep him out for a couple of weeks," said Hughton.

"Whether it will be longer than that we'll be able to determine over the next couple of days."

Norwich have now won just one of their last five games after a run of 10 without defeat and Hughton is prepared to strengthen his side in the January transfer window.

"We're working hard," he said. "There's no doubt about that. You hope you can be successful. But it's about making sure anything we do is right for this football club.

"We won't look to strengthen the squad in areas that aren't right for us. If we see there is an opportunity, and it's right, we'll endeavour to do it."