Wednesday 21 August 2013

Transfers: Elmander returns with Norwich

Sweden forward moves to Carrow Road on loan, while Jason Puncheon joins Crystal Palace

  • Elmander is Norwich's eighth signing of the summer so far

  • The Swede scored 18 goals for Bolton in 92 Barclays Premier League appearances

  • Jason Puncheon (No 42) celebrates one of his six goals last season for Southampton

Norwich City have signed Johan Elmander on loan from Galatasaray until the end of the season, subject to paperwork and international clearance.

"I know Norwich City has great fans and there's a great atmosphere in the stadium"
Johan Elmander

The 32-year-old Sweden forward is Chris Hughton’s eighth summer signing, and is returning to the Barclays Premier League after three years with Bolton Wanderers between 2008 and 2011.

He follows Javier Garrido, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Gary Hooper, Leroy Fer, Carlo Nash, Nathan Redmond and fellow countryman Martin Olsson as arrivals at Carrow Road.

"I know Norwich City has great fans and there's a great atmosphere in the stadium, plus I know a couple of players here already, too,” Elmander told the Norwich City website.  "I'm very glad that the deal has been done and now I'm looking forward to the season ahead."

Once his transfer is complete, Elmander will be in contention for the match away to Hull City on Saturday.

Puncheon moves to Palace on loan

Crystal Palace have signed Southampton winger Jason Puncheon on a season-long loan.

The 27-year-old will work for a second time under Palace manager Ian Holloway, having played for him during a loan spell at Blackpool in the second half of the Tangerines’ 2010/11 Barclays Premier League campaign.

"I've always as a young kid dreamed of playing at Selhurst Park"
Jason Puncheon

Puncheon, who was born down the road from Palace in Croydon, played 11 times for Blackpool, scoring three goals. The next season, he appeared twice as a substitute for Queens Park Rangers before moving to Southampton, where he appeared in 32 matches last season for the newly promoted side, scoring six times, including away to Chelsea.

“It's a great move for myself to come and play games,” Puncheon told the Palace website. “Crystal Palace are my hometown club and more importantly Ian Holloway is here as well.

"I know Ollie really well. He was a massive factor in this move. He knows the league. He's done it before and he will learn from his time at Blackpool and bring it into the team here.

"I played for Crystal Palace as a kid when I was eight. I left and there were a few times in my career that I was due to come back but didn't. Now I'm here that's the main thing. I've always as a young kid dreamed of playing at Selhurst Park, so it's a young boy's dream coming true."

Puncheon will go into the Palace squad to play Stoke City on Saturday 24 August.

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Key Points

  • Norwich City sign Johan Elmander on a season's loan from Galatasaray
  • The 32-year-old Sweden forward returns to the Barclays Premier League after three years with Bolton
  • Jason Puncheon, 27, joins Crystal Palace from Southampton on a season-long loan