October 23 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Norwich City have landed the full package in Swindon Town’s highly-rated teenage midfielder Louis Thompson.
The 19-year-old was the final signing unveiled on transfer deadline day, but has returned to the County Ground for the rest of this season to continue his education under the watch of Robins’ boss Mark Cooper.
“For us, it’s a win this season because we get some money and we get to have Louis back,” he said. “Norwich have thought, ‘We need to act now before somebody else gets him and if that means we have to loan him back to Swindon then so be it’. They’ll have their midfielders for this season but they’ll certainly be looking for Louis for next season. It’s a good deal for us.”
Cooper, speaking to BBC Radio Wiltshire, believes Thompson’s big move will not affect the midfielder who followed his older brother, Nathan, into Swindon’s first team set-up.
“He’s a wonderful young man and comes from a fantastic family. He deserves every little bit of success that comes his way,” said Cooper. “With his brother as well, they work their socks off. This is the reward for the hard work he’s put in over the last few years. I’m pleased he’s going to a big club next year but that we get to see the best of him this year.”
City’s hierarchy also sanctioned a loan move for Luciano Becchio, with the striker joining Championship rivals Rotherham until January 1. The 30-year-old has yet to open his goal account for Norwich but plundered 75 league goals in 190 appearances for Leeds.
“This is a lad who at Championship level has a CV that says simply ‘I score goals’,” Rotherham boss Steve Evans told his club’s official site. “Luciano is a talented boy who will again complement the playing squad we have assembled at New York Stadium. There was a lot of fans at other clubs probably thinking that he was heading to their club and right up to around seven o’clock there was interest from clubs elsewhere including some very near us in the Championship.
“We didn’t have to do a lot of convincing him, we just talked as a staff about the games we’d watched him play for Leeds, for Norwich and even ones we’ve seen him play in the development squad or reserves at Norwich. We spoke about where we would see him in our squad and how he needed to get back that feeling of scoring goals and how he’d be joining a good squad with plenty of competition amongst the strikers. He was then keen to come here. It is a further sign of the progress Rotherham United has made in the last two years.”