Thursday 04 July 2013

Redmond completes move to Norwich City

Winger praises manager Chris Hughton after signing from Birmingham City on a four-year deal

  • Winger Nathan Redmond played in the UEFA Under-21 Championship this summer

  • The 19-year-old is re-united with his former Birmingham City manager Chris Hughton

Winger Nathan Redmond has paid tribute to Norwich City manager Chris Hughton after completing his transfer to Carrow Road from Birmingham City.

The 19-year-old has signed a four-year deal after moving from the Championship club for an undisclosed fee.

Redmond worked with Hughton when the pair were at St Andrew's and the England Under-21 midfielder says he is excited about working with him again.

"He was very influential on my career at Birmingham," Redmond told the club's official website. "He gave me the chance to play and the chance to express myself every time that I stepped on to the field and I feel like on the bigger stage he'll do exactly the same thing. I'd probably say I've played some of my best football under him so far."

"He's very keen to develop his own game"
Chris Hughton on Nathan Redmond

Redmond made his debut for Birmingham in 2010 aged 16 and scored seven goals in 27 starts for the club. He has been a first-team regular over the last two seasons and his performances for Birmingham led to a call-up for England's UEFA Under-21 Championship squad after Callum McManaman's injury. Redmond played in all three matches in Israel, starting two of them.  

"I'm very happy," added Redmond. "It looks like a fantastic club, I'm just looking forward to getting started now.

"I know that there is only one football club in this city and it has an excellent fan base. The people around the football club and in the city that I have spoken to so far have attracted me to this club so much, it's made me realise just how much this club means to the people of this city."

Redmond is Norwich's third signing of the summer following the arrival of Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Javier Garrido and Hughton is confident his new winger can make an impact in the Barclays Premier League.

"Nathan is a young and exciting player that I had the pleasure of working with at Birmingham," said Hughton. "He is a player that was of interest to us for some time and the situation has now come about that we can get him on our terms.

"He's someone we can bring in to the forward areas and primarily has played on either wing in his career so far, but can also play off the front. He's very keen to develop his own game, he's one of these lads that likes to be on the training pitch and is usually one of the last ones off the training pitch."

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Key Points

  • England Under-21 winger Nathan Redmond joins Norwich City
  • 19-year-old is reunited with former Birmingham City manager Chris Hughton
  • Redmond signs four-year deal after moving for an undisclosed fee