Norwich tonight completed a last-gasp transfer window deal for Peterborough’s highly-rated England U21 international defender Ryan Bennett.

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The centre-back has agreed a three-and-a-half year deal after City agreed an undisclosed fee for the 21-year-old - believed to top United’s previous club record £2.5m sale of striker Craig Mackail-Smith – who will be loaned back to the London Road club for a month. Norwich’s Premier League rivals Swansea had been in protracted talks, but Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony revealed City’s persistence had helped clinch the deal.

“In fairness to Norwich City, they gave us everything we asked for, including loaning the player back to us for a period of time allowing us to bring in a proper replacement for him,” said the Posh chief, on his official Twitter page. “The gaffer had the final say on this, this evening and agreed it was too good for the club and the player. I’m sure I’m not popular with our fans tonight, but I always try do what’s best for our club.

“I can’t go into the fee situation but everyone knows I wouldn’t do this for a player with many years left unless it suited all of us. Other clubs came in but none backed their manager like Norwich did, their chief executive didn’t mess around when Paul Lambert made Ryan his number one target.”

MacAnthony insisted Bennett’s wish to leave London Road had also been a key factor.

“Bear in mind, the player wanted this to happen. It’s to a top 12 Premier side who have acted very professional in their approach today,” he said. “When a player lets you know 24 hours prior to window that this will change his family’s life and acts in correct way, which Ryan has, then I have to then work hard to ensure the club gets best deal possible and appease all involved. To avoid any confusion or disappointment, Ryan will be initially loaned back for one month in order to allow us to bring in his replacement.”

Bennett will join former Leeds midfielder Jonny Howson at Carrow Road, subject to the relevant paperwork being lodged with the football authorities. Lambert had stated earlier in the day he was hopeful of pulling off a late deadline day deal.

“I’m delighted we have signed Ryan,” he said. “He’s made a bright start to his career at Grimsby and Peterborough, he’s an England U21 international and he’s got so much potential. He can play, he’s got great vision, he’s comfortable on the ball, and he’s a good age too.

“He’ll be staying at Peterborough initially, but will join us in time to be available for the Stoke game, and when he does come in he will provide more competition for places in defence, which is something you want to have right throughout the squad. I’m really pleased the deal has been done.”

The Canaries, meanwhile, also repelled a reported raid from Scottish giants Rangers for skipper Grant Holt. Media speculation from both sides of the border claimed Rangers had followed up their long-standing interest with a firm bid for Holt which was rejected by the Canaries – although neither club officially confirmed the reports.

Holt was reportedly Ally McCoist’s prime target to replace Everton-bound Nikica Jelavic, but club chief executive David McNally confirmed earlier today on his Twitter page the 30-year-old striker was not for sale to any club – along with the rest of Paul Lambert’s squad. Lambert stated prior to the weekend’s FA Cup win at West Brom that there had been no contact from McCoist for his club captain, who took his tally to nine goals this season with the opener in the FA Cup fourth round win over the Baggies.

Lambert had also denied suggestions today centre back Elliott Ward was set for a short term loan move in a bid to step up his match fitness after missing all of the club’s campaign to date with a knee problem. The Norwich boss was happy to sanction a loan extension for Tom Adeyemi, who will remain at League One Oldham until March 10.

Chris Martin also extended his deal at Crystal Palace until the end of the season after scoring for the Eagles in last night’s 1-1 Championship draw with Brighton. The Norwich boss had revealed this morning the Eagles were keen to extend his stay.

“I think Crystal Palace are trying to keep Chrissie, so we’ll see what happens, and Tom is more than happy to stay with Oldham so I am quite happy with that to happen,” he said. “I’ll be glad when it’s finished like everybody else because it takes up most of your month. There are so many things with inflation but as I said before I won’t bring in lads who can’t play in the first team.”

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27 comments

  • This is extremely good business for Posh. Considering that Bennett has presided over a defence which has leaked over a 100 goals in less than 2 seasons. I had an open mind when we first bought him however now after seeing him play for over 70 games I can honestly say that he is a bit of a dud. Bit peeved that Grimsby got so much in the sell on clause, though.

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    p_croote

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • Its interesting to note article headlines on SSN site among others that we won the 'chase' for Bennett. I've not picked up a single rumour about anyone, not least us being after him until after the event. PL clearly rates him and hopefully he could make it into the England squad. I think we were in a nice position in this window that, because we are doing well in the league we didn't have to panic buy. Both these signings have the look of a measured and planned approach to developing the team. I just love the way the club is run right now and long may it continue. OTBC

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    Preston Canary

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • Two apparently promising signings during the window, plus important players coming back from long-term injury and hungry to get in on the action: feels like we've made at least as much progress as QPR. And we haven't splurged squillions on tired old mercenaries, either!

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    wurzelcanary

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • I also got a flashback to the dark days under Roeder and this is the absolute opposite of his type of signing. Lambert is clearly building a rep as a manager who is willing to give youngsters a chance. That can only be good for us in the long run.

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    Preston Canary

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • Feels like cover for this season and an investment for the next 2-3 seasons. The usual PL model of young, hungry and a leader. Sounds promising.

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    Canary Wurst

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • Hey Brewer - wonder what the 'spiv of the soke' has got to say about this? Doesn't look like he's jerked us around like he did with CMS. But if $3.2m is correct, perhaps it not suprising. Agree he looks like an investment for the future, but I can see Barny or Ward moving on the summer.

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    canarydownunder

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • Pity if that turns out to be the case with Vaughan. The ethermen seem to be playing a game of bluff. The posts appear eventually. Aaron Wilbraham was, as Sogstar said, probably cover for Holty. Only a 18 month contract and I think that ends this Summer. That he didn`t go to 1p5wich means that PL still rates him or AA has too much pride to go there, already. Good solid pro. One of the chosen people. Events have just overtaken him maybe? Steve Smith looked a good player but didn`t buy in to the project. Until he got a sniff of Prem football wages. By then too late . Bye-bye.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • What I find pleasing is the fact that the City board backed PL to the full yes we have a good addition to the quad but its more important that we support PL to the full,I remember the Chase O'neil situation.

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    leslie cater

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • Agree with jmm re Wilbraham. I guess he was brought in as cover for Holty last year, and even though Ged's carthorses offered £75k, he has not gone. Vaughan could be our version of Saha. Natural finisher, but too much time in the treatment room.

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    Soglio Star

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • ditto as well. However, it also shows faith in the current squad as well, because he has clearly been bought with building for the future in mind. I am sure that he could step up to the plate if needed, and Lambert wouldn't hesitate to throw him in if needed. OTBC ILWT

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    Preston Canary

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • jmm, let`s hope Vaughan is past his injury probs. PL seems to have persevered, as he did with Zak. Time will tell. Remember, too, Pilks came here nursing a nasty injury as has Howson. Surman had a lengthy spell out as has Ward. Lambo and his team just seem to manage the situation. ILW(must)T. Holt is a bit of a phenomenon. He`s had a few niggles and an ankle op at the end of the L1 promotion Season when promotion was already certain. But he seems to be remarkably resilient in light of the occasionally physical content of his performances. I wonder if he comes from the Planet Krypton? Is that anywhere near Carlisle? Is Grant Holt an alter-ego of Clark Kent? OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • All I was trying to say to jmm in my ethered posting, was that PL keeps faith with his injured players. We have to assume he knows what he`s doing! Pilks and Howson have joined us with injuries. Zak, Barnett and Surman have had their problems. Let`s hope James Vaughan is over his. Holty seems nigh on indestructable. Is he really from the Planet Krypton? Is Grant Holt an alter-ego of Clark Kent? Hope none of our rivals has access to a lump of Kryptonite. :-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • Just looked again at how many goals Posh have leaked since the beginning of last season and its 160 goals in the league! Not good.

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    p_croote

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • That Lambert fellow could have had a career in the Secret Service. Also no sign of breathless panic about what he`s done. Neither new signing is available immediately, ergo PL is in no immediate hurry? I had a quick look at Ryan Bennett`s Wikipedia entry. Seems he was on Ipswich`s youth books first. For him, things could only get better, and did! Big lad, 6`2". Like Wiesohn, a lot of games played already for one so young. 22 in March. At least one Mr. Dion Dublin did not blow the gaffe on this Norwich and Peterborough deal. (Quick product placement there for a local Building Society!). I bet Lambo`s old Boss, Mr. O`Neill, will be mightily impressed by his protegee! Sorcerer and his Apprentice meeting tonight in Sunderland. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • Desperate last minute signing, we overpaid for an average player, money could have been spent better, just being honest, I'm not keen from what I've seen and know. But I'd love to be proven wrong

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    Billy

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • i would like to see the board really back lambert this summer and give him a 30m transfer kitty, promotion was said to be worth 88m and if we survive i hear it is worth another 20m?.we have not spent big, combined 10m roughly since summer. i know spending big doesnt guarentee success, but if it helps keep paul lambert for another couple of years then do it, he will obviously go to a top 5 club in future,he will proberly establish us as a mid table prem side next season, then he will be looking to move to the next level with a big club, all the ncfc fans out there shouldnt kid themselves that lambert will be here for 10years,it wont happen, he is on the way to top,which norwich cant match his ambitions

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    jmm

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • Agree with Canary Wurst. Sky too busy watching exhaust fumes from fancy cars of "big stars" around Loftus Road and Upton Park to pay attention to us.

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    atlanta canary

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • Agree with this thread entirely and like Atlanta's comment about te fumes. A great deal, building for the future, as ever.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • From Wikipedia: Record transfersHighest Transfer Fee Received – £3.2 million from Norwich City for Ryan Bennett, January 2012

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    The General

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • Class signing from PL...the man does no wrong, McNally is a hero amongst men.I am very Proud to be a canary.... Welcome to Norwich Mr Bennet, I think you will like it here! OTBC

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    The Yellow Yachtie

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • Somebody told me he came from Ossett near Leeds, but that`s a bit outlandish for an Ipswich youth scout, I thought. Actually, he`s from Orsett, Thurrock. A good old Essex Boy! Oll hatta git the oul` lugs mucked out.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • vaughan has had 2 serious knee injurys now,he has been getting bad injurys since he first played for everton at 16 or 17. he reminds me of michael owen,constantly getting knee,hamstring,groin,and tears in calf muscles, if it had only been happening for 18months or so,i;d say its bad luck and he will come good, but its been a problem for him for last 4-5 years.he is just going to be 1 of them players that can only manage 10-15 games a season. i think these 2 players wilbraham and vaughan are the only 2 mistakes lambert have made,

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    jmm

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • Apparently we have £3.2m for his services see this link http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiPeterborough_United_F.C#Record_transfers

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    The General

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • another great signing,bennett and howson could be england internationals in couple of years. should have got nicky maynard at 1.6million, vaughan is to injury prone,

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    jmm

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • Another inspirational signing. Would have perhaps liked another forward but let's hope Vaughan can prove his worth. Norwich a prima donna free city. otbc

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    somsetcanary

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • ether again??

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • My vote for the worst transfer under Lambo was Steve Smith. Strangley he left Norwich to return to Scotland but ended up at Preston North End where he was sent of in January for such a bad tackle against Wycombe Wanderers that the manager said that he would never play for PNE again. When Wilbramavich gets a chance, he certainly gives it a good go.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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