Hughton praises Curtis Davies

  • Last Updated: July 14 2012, 18:43 BST

Norwich manager Chris Hughton has confirmed he is a fan of Birmingham defender Curtis Davies amid speculation linking him with a move to Carrow Road this summer.

Hughton praises Curtis Davies

The Canaries are among three Premier League sides reportedly monitoring the centre-back, with West Ham and Reading also believed to be keen.

Ex-Blues boss Hughton, who guided the club into the Championship play-offs last season, worked with Davies at St Andrew's.

The former England under-21 international is under contract with Birmingham until 2014 after joining from city rivals Aston Villa in January last year.

Hughton is expected to bring in a couple more fresh faces ahead of the Premier League kick-off at Fulham on August 18 and says the 27-year-old is a player he holds in high esteem.

"I do like Curtis very much and he is a player whom I admire," said the manager.

"At the moment, I am assessing what we need and possibly what might be available.

"We will always do it in the right ways and so anything which is reported has never come from us, but yes, I do like Curtis and had the opportunity to work with him."

Hughton maintains it is imperative for everyone at Norwich to keep a sense of perspective as they embark upon a new era next season.

Carrow Road has enjoyed three campaigns of success following back-to-back promotions under Paul Lambert and then a 12th-placed finish in the Premier League.

With Lambert having now moved on to try to rebuild Aston Villa's fortunes, Hughton has been charged with safe-guarding the future of the Norfolk club.

The manager, 53, accepts it is not all likely to be plain sailing, but is ready to meet the challenges head on.

"It is about dampening expectations at times, because we will start this season no different than how we started last season because we are playing in such a tough division," he said.

"What the likes of Wigan, West Brom and Stoke have been able to do over a few years is sustain things, but I am quite sure at the beginning of every season they will have realised how tough it is going to be.

"You have to be on top of your game, playing well enough, and that is why managers and staff work as hard as they do - you have to be on top of everything.

"We have to try to do everything we can to sustain where we are.

"We will keep people's feet on the ground, try not to get too carried away with good results and not get too down with difficult and poor results."