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Alex Neil still out to strengthen Norwich City in a couple of areas

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Having so far signed five players Alex Neil is looking to continue improving his squad, telling Sky Sports “there are still a couple of areas I would like to strengthen.”

Norwich have had a relatively quite transfer window thus far with Robbie Brady and Youssouf Mulumbu the only significant signings. The former's drawn out transfer from Hull meaning Neil has struggled to bring in other players as of yet.

Last year's loanee Graham Dorrans has been signed on a permanent basis with fellow West Brom midfielder Mulumbu following him to Carrow Road. Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom has also joined on a year's loan, while Jake Kean has been brought in from Blackburn as cover for John Ruddy in goal.

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As a former loanee, Dorrans joins as a player who was already a settled part of the promotion winning squad. While Mulumbu, who arrives on a bosman deal, will miss the beginning of the season through injury.

Neil remains hopeful off adding to his squad before next week: “Unfortunately we haven’t done it so far and I hope before the weekend ends that will be the case."

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Quality not Quantity

Unlike Watford, who have now completed an 11th transfer deal, Norwich appear to be wary of over-tinkering with what is a strongly-knit squad.

The core of the team that saw them relegated after the 2013-14 season remains. They arguably under-performed and should have stayed up with relative ease that year so perhaps that is no bad thing.

Two more signings would see their tally rise to seven and, given the quality in depth that Norwich posses, this could be sufficient.

Targets

Virgil Van Dijk of Celtic, a physically imposing centre back who isn’t afraid to play from the back, is one player Norwich have been linked with.

The 24-year-old has shone for Celtic in both the Champions League and SPL and would compliment Sebastian Bassong in the Centre, also allowing Russell Martin to return to right back.

Another player Norwich have been linked with is Dieumerci Mbokani, reportedly available for a cut price £6 million.

The Dynamo Kiev forward has fallen out of favour with manager Serhiy Rebrov and has been linked with the Premier League before. He would provide a stronger presence upfront than Norwich have and is reminiscent of Romelu Lukaku.

The Congolese striker has a knack for being in the right position and possess a strong first time shot to back this up.

However, questions will be asked in regard to a poor spell with Monaco in which he only scored once, while his purple patches of scoring have all come in lesser leagues.

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