Norwich secure signature of talented Birmingham winger

Chris Hughton’s Norwich have landed the signature of Birmingham City winger, Nathan Redmond, for an undisclosed fee.  

Redmond has signed a 4 year deal with the club after impressing for both Lee Clark’s Birmingham last term and also being one of the few England players who performed well at the recent European Under-21 Championships.

Redmond, who is a product of the Birmingham City youth system will be a welcome addition to Hughton’s side who look to maintain their survival in the Premier League but also to improve on a weak end to last season.

Redmond was understandably excited about the prospect of getting started at Carrow Road, telling the club’s official website:  “I’m very happy. 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.”

And working for Hughton, widely regarded as one of the bright young managers in English football, the Birmingham born player was complimentary.  But it won’t be the first time the two have worked together, the ex-Republic of Ireland manager was Redmond’s manager during his successful stint at St. Andrews for the 2011-12 season.

Redmond said on reuniting with his old mentor that he  “was very influential on my career at Birmingham. 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 will do exactly the same thing.  I would probably say I have played some of my best football under him so far. Last season was a good one for me in terms of goals and assists and just general performances.  Hopefully I can continue the form that I left off with last season at Birmingham.”

Hughton was equally enthusiastic about working again with the skillful winger saying: “Nathan is a young and exciting player that I had the pleasure of working with at Birmingham.  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.I’m sure the move won’t phase him but this is still a part of his development and one he is very much looking forward to.”

The coming months could well show why Hughton was so determined to bring Redmond to Norwich.

 

Brian is a sports journalist with over 5 years experience of writing on all things soccer. Resides in Dublin, Ireland.