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Norwich confirm Fer capture

By | 14th July 2013
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FC Twente midfielder Leroy Fer completed a £4.5 million move to Premier League side Norwich City Saturday and will become manager Chris Hughton’s sixth signing at Carrow Road this transfer window, according to Sky Sports.

Fer, who also plays for the Dutch national team, is set to become the English club’s second Dutch signing of the summer after the capture of forward Ricky van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon on a club-record £8.5 million move.  Hughton has also secured the signings of Birmingham winger Nathan Redmond, Blackburn defender Martin Olsson, and Lazio left-back Javier Garrido in the revamp of the English side.

Hughton was looking to complete the signing of the Dutch attacker on a five-year contract before Monday, when Norwich City travels to the United States for the start of their preseason tour, according to Sky Sports.

The 23-year-old Fer, who was close to an Everton switch just a few weeks ago before medical complications held up the deal, was officially announced as a Norwich City player Saturday, after rumors had swirled about his signing since Thursday.

“We are really pleased to have acquired the signature of a player with the qualities that Leroy has,” said Hughton to Sky Sports.

“He’s a very versatile Dutch international and at 23 he has that pleasing balance of having acquired experience playing over 100 games in the Dutch League – but still having plenty of time ahead of him to continue his development as a player here with us at Norwich City.”

Fer, who made only 21 appearances for FC Twente last season, was able to score 11 times for the Eredivisie giant, who finished in six in the league last season.

Norwich were also looking to add £7 million rated Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld to the squad, but have been told that the player will not join the English outfit, after Alderweireld’s agent Soren Lerby told Algemeen Dagblad, a Dutch newspaper, that the player and club could not agree on personal terms.

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