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Hooiveld admits he may have to be patient at Norwich City

Norwich City's new loan signing Jos Hooiveld admits he may have to wait for his chance of a first team start after City's bright start to the Championship.

The Dutch defender moved to Carrow Road from Premier League Southampton before the summer transfer window closed on September 1.

The Canaries defend an unbeaten league run of four games when they visit Cardiff City tomorrow (Saturday September 13). Both were relegated from the Premier League last May.

But Hooiveld isn't surprised that Norwich have started to settle since their opening day defeat at Wolves, and vows to be ready if called upon.

Yes I'm going to try for that. Everybody wants to play football and it's no different from me. The only thing I'm going to do is to work hard every day in training, and see where we end up.

Its going to be tough. The boys have been doing well, the last four games they've been unbeaten. ten points out of five games is not a bad start.

Its not going to be an easy thing. It's something you've got to work hard for. But I've never been shy of a challenge

– Jos Hooiveld, Norwich City

Listen to Jos Hooiveld's thoughts ahead of Norwich's trip to Cardiff during his pre-match news conference.

Squad depth vital for successful season says Norwich City boss Neil Adams

Norwich City manager Neil Adams knows he has a tough task keeping everyone happy in his squad as they bid for a swift return to the Premier League.

The Canaries resume their Championship campaign at Cardiff City on Saturday (September 13) having gone four league games unbeaten.

Having added new players in ahead of the summer Transfer Window deadline, including Southampton defender Jos Hooiveld on loan, Adams believes he has a squad to cope with the heavy schedule of games coming up. He also has Swedish international Martin Olsson ready to return after suspension.

Norwich have made the better start of the three sides relegated from the top flight. Cardiff start five places and two points behind in ninth, while Fulham sit in the relegation zone, still waiting for their first league win.

"You can't keep them all happy. What you try and do is involved as many as you can and we'll keep them all part of the first team group. It's an easy answer but it's an honest answer because we've got that many games - Saturday, Tuesday for the next three weeks.

You're going to need them players because you're going to pick up bumps and bruises, suspensions maybe. What we don't want to be doing is going reasonably well, which I feel we are at the minute, and find ourselves really short.

There was a risk of that certainly two to three weeks ago, certainly in the defensive department. So you do need a strong squad if you're going to have a good go at things. The pleasing thing is I think we've got that now."

– Neil Adams, Norwich City Manager

Neil Adams explains the importance of squad depth at his pre-match news conference.


Norwich City beat the deadline to sign Hooiveld and Thompson as Becchio departs

Jos Hooiveld has joined Norwich City on a season-long loan deal. Credit: PA

Norwich City have beaten the deadline to sign Southampton defender Jos Hooiveld on a season-long loan deal.

The commanding Dutchman is the second new defensive recruit of the day, after the Canaries also captured Arsenal centre back Ignasi Miquel.

Former Celtic man Hooiveld was a key part of the Saints team which gained promotion to the Premier League in 2012, and will add welcome experience to the Norwich backline.

"I am very excited about this move. I have played at Norwich and I was very impressed with the surroundings and the atmosphere. It was a full house then and again last Saturday when I saw the Bournemouth game.

Everybody I have asked about Norwich says only good things. I know Gary Hooper from our time at Celtic together and he was very positive about everything at the Club when I phoned him to talk about coming here.

I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the players in training and fighting for a place in the team. It’s a very good squad at Norwich and has every chance of doing well this season."

– Jos Hooiveld, Norwich City
Louis Thompson will stay at Swindon Town for the rest of the season. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, the Canaries have also agreed a deal to sign highly-rated Swindon Town midfielder Louis Thompson.

The 19-year-old had attracted a lot of interest this summer, but Norwich have won the race for his signature.

Thompson has agreed a three-year contract, with the option of a further 12 months, at Carrow Road.

He will remain with Swindon on loan for the rest of the season as he continues his development.

"I'm extremely proud. To come to a club of Norwich City's stature is a fantastic achievement for me. I'm really looking forward to the challenge of coming here after my loan finishes at Swindon.

It's a massive club with a huge fan base, there's not a single negative thing to say about them. Hopefully they can do well this year and challenge for a Premier League place."

– Louis Thompson, Norwich City
Luciano Becchio will spend the next few months on loan at Rotherham United. Credit: PA

Finally, out-of-favour Norwich striker Luciano Becchio has joined Championship rivals Rotherham United on loan until January.

The Argentine has barely featured since moving from Leeds United in January 2013, and will now hope to see first team action in South Yorkshire.

Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond going nowhere

Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond will be staying with the club after all.

The 20-year-old was consistently linked with a move away from Carrow Road throughout the summer, but judging by this cheeky tweet, his future lies with the Canaries for another few months at least.

Peterborough United finally get their man as highly-rated striker James agrees move

Luke James has been a target for Posh all summer. Credit: PA

Peterborough United have completed the signing of highly-rated Hartlepool United striker Luke James for an undisclosed fee.

Posh have been chasing the talented 19-year-old all summer, and have finally managed to convince the League Two club to sell.

James has signed a four-year contract at London Road, and takes the number nine shirt left vacant by Britt Assombalonga who joined Nottingham Forest last month.

"I am delighted to get this bit of business done. I think everyone is aware that we have been interested in Luke for quite a while. We have had to be patient, but we have used our experience from other deals in this transfer.

I am grateful to my chairman and to Barry Fry for getting this deal over the line. We are delighted to get him. We felt we needed a number nine. He is a goal-scorer, he has a great attitude and he can't wait to get started."

– Darren Ferguson, Peterborough United manager


Northampton Town land Cresswell from Fleetwood

Ryan Cresswell playing for Southend United. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have announced the signing of Fleetwood Town centre back Ryan Cresswell for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old was a former fans' favourite at Southend United where his strong performances earned him a place in the League Two Team of the Year in 2012/13.

Cresswell has agreed a three-year contract at Sixfields.

He's the second new arrival today, following the loan signing of Leicester City midfielder Ryan Watson.

“I am delighted to sign Ryan.

He is a quality defender at this level and a top, top character.

He is a winner, he has been involved with a lot of teams at the top of this league in his career and he is another player who can help take this club forward.

He is an excellent age and we have done some fantastic business today.”

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager

Norwich City capture Arsenal defender Ignasi Miquel

Ignasi Mique in action for Leicester City. Credit: PA

Norwich City have signed Arsenal defender Ignasi Miquel for an undisclosed fee.

The Spaniard had been in talks with the Canaries over the weekend, and has now agreed a three-year contract, with the option of a further 12 months, at Carrow Road.

Miquel started his career at Barcelona before making the move to England at the age of 16.

He spent last season on loan at Leicester City, helping the Foxes gain promotion to the Premier League.

“It’s brilliant for me to come here and I want to try and get in the team as soon as I can to help Norwich get back to the Premier League.

I had to move on from Arsenal and Norwich have given me the chance to prove myself. The Championship is a tough league, but I know what it’s about and I enjoyed it last season.

I’m really looking forward to getting started.”

– Ignasi Miquel, Norwich City

Norwich City midfielder Surman seals Bournemouth move

Andrew Surman (centre) has returned to AFC Bournemouth. Credit: PA

Norwich City midfielder Andrew Surman has joined AFC Bournemouth on a three-year deal.

The Cherries have targeted the 28-year-old following a productive spell on the south coast last season.

Surman played a key role in Norwich's promotion campaign to the Premier League in 2010/11 but has found himself out of favour in recent years.

Bournemouth have paid an undisclosed fee to land their man.

Northampton Town bring in Leicester City midfielder Watson

Ryan Watson. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have completed the loan signing of Leicester City midfielder Ryan Watson.

The youngster has joined the League Two club until January.

Watson made his first team debut for the Foxes in last week's shock Capital One Cup defeat to Shrewsbury Town.

"Ryan is a player we have tracked since last Christmas.

I have seen him play at least half a dozen times and he has impressed me. He is an all round good midfield player. He gets about the park, he is strong in the tackle and he can pass the ball well. He wants to come and play senior football and that is a really refreshing attitude."

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager
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