Lambert doubts Klose deal
Norwich manager Paul Lambert doubts Miroslav Klose would be interested in moving to Carrow Road.
Last Updated: 26/05/11 5:50pm
Norwich manager Paul Lambert doubts that Miroslav Klose would be interested in moving to Carrow Road this summer.
The 32-year-old Germany international is likely to become a free agent as he is expected to turn down a one-year extension at the Allianz Arena and he has been linked with AC Milan and Valencia.
Klose is understood to want a two-year deal and it has been speculated that former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Lambert could use his Bundesliga connections to strike an agreement.
But the Scot does not expect that the striker, who is the second highest scorer in the history of the World Cup, would want to join Norwich's probable battle against Premier League relegation next season.
"The lad's 30-odd now, he's played in front of 80,000 people," said Lambert.
"He isn't going to come to Norwich and put his shoulder to the wheel, that's me being totally honest."
Lambert added: "I don't think I'm going to get somebody like that, I'll get lads that are hungry and want to drive the club on."
But the Norwich manager does expect to be busy in the transfer market after winning promotion from the Championship.
"I think we're going to need about seven, which is a big turnover, but we did it last year, going in with seven or so new lads and they adapted to it," he said.
"There's ones I've identified already to the club and it's up to us to try and persuade them to come."
Lambert also maintains that Norwich's fans will be of great importance to the Canaries' hopes of staying in the Premier League.
"The fans are vital to this football club. We will try our best to give them what they want," Lambert told Canary Player on the club's official website.
"If you asked any of them if within two years they would have taken the Premier League, they would have thought you were going mad.
"We just had to get the fans to believe in the group of players and vice-versa."