Naughton signs for Canaries

Norwich manager Paul Lambert is confident he now has enough players to “lend a hand” after adding Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton on a season-long loan as the Canaries prepare for life back in the Barclays Premier League.

The former Sheffield United full-back will join fellow summer recruits James Vaughan, Steve Morison, Elliott Bennett, Ritchie De Laet, Bradley Johnson and Anthony Pilkington when they return from a training camp in Germany, where Norwich play a Nordhausen/Regional Select XI this afternoon.

Lambert, who has overseen successive promotions from npower League One and the Championship, maintains the squad is shaping up nicely.

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“We said we were looking for six or seven lads to come in and lend a hand in various positions and it is pleasing we have now managed to do so,” Lambert said.

“Kyle will come in and join his new team-mates on Monday and the whole group can then work together on continuing our pre-season preparations.”

The Canaries have scored 15 goals without reply in their two warm-up matches so far.

Next week will see Lambert’s men play three fixtures, at Crystal Palace, Southend and Coventry, before home friendlies with Spanish side Real Zaragoza and then Italian outfit Parma ahead of their opening Premier League fixture at Wigan on August 13.

Manchester United fans face seeing their ticket allocation for October’s Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool slashed by more than a third because of “persistent standing” issues at Anfield.

A report submitted to Liverpool City Council has recommended cutting the visiting supporters’ capacity from 3,015 to 1,965 in an attempt to combat the problem of people blocking gangways.