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Lambert looking to add to squad

PUBLISHED: 08:15 29 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:46 06 July 2010

Paul Lambert yesterday wrapped up his first signing as Norwich City manager - and could add more before the transfer window closes at 5pm next Tuesday.

Paul Lambert yesterday wrapped up his first signing as Norwich City manager - and could add more before the transfer window closes at 5pm next Tuesday.

Lambert has signed Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster on a one-month emergency loan deal, but is still in the market for another two players.

“We're trying to do some other little things, but it's not quite as easy, especially in a short time,” he said. “But we are trying to do a couple of things. Whether they come off we will have to wait and see, but if they don't we go with the lads that we have at the minute.”

Forster comes in because on-loan Ben Alnwick faces a fitness test - requested by parent club Spurs - today after suffering a facial injury in the Carling Cup defeat by Sunderland on Monday.

“If he fails that we're in a bit of bother,” he said. “The problem with having loans is that the club they have come from actually own them still and Ben's got this test so I had to get somebody in - if Ben doesn't come through that we only have Declan (Rudd) who has not played any games, so we had to act really quickly.”

Lambert believes it is too soon to give teenager Rudd his first team debut.

“To get thrown into the environment when he has not played any games, yes,” he said. “But he has done great in training. He has been training with the first team since I've been here and he's looked realty assured, but match situations are a bit different.”

Fraser's arrival also puts a question mark over the future of Michael Theoklitos, who hasn't featured since letting in seven on the opening day against Colchester.

Lambert says the Aussie still has a future at Carrow Road.

“At the minute he does,” he said. “I'll have a chat with the lad himself. I spoke to him when I first came in when I put Declan on the bench against Wycombe. I had a chat with Michael beforehand, it's just when people come in in your position you tend to think you're 15th in line so it is up to you to fight to get into it.

“Michael has been great around and about the place, never had a problem, but my job here is to make this club as strong as it can and that's what I intend to do.

“When I've seen him training he's been fine. The Colchester game doesn't matter to me one bit because I wasn't part of it at Norwich at that time and I never knew Michael - you tend not to give much attention to the opposition.”

Lambert says Alnwick is lucky to have escaped with a few stitches in his facial wound.

“I think the surgeon has done a brilliant job,” he said. “I think he was a lucky lad to be honest - if it was an inch or two higher I think his eye was going to be in trouble. Luckily enough he's okay.”

Should he fail today's fitness test, then Forster - who had loan spells at Stockport last season and Bristol Rovers at the beginning of the current campaign - will go straight into the team.

“I saw him playing a few times last season and he did terrific at Stockport and he's done well at Bristol Rovers,” Lambert said. “He's a big lad, knows the league, knows what it's about.”

The 21-year old Forster - who stands 6ft 6in tall - joined Newcastle's Academy in 2005, but while he has been on the bench has yet to make his full debut.


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