Monday, January 21, 2013
Norwich are set to beat local rivals Ipswich Town to the signing of goalkeeper Lee Camp on a free transfer.
Sky Sports reported on Monday morning the 28-year-old is poised to undergo a medical with the Canaries later today after agreeing an initial short-term deal at Carrow Road until the end of the current season.
Camp spent last week negotiating a pay-off for the final six months of his contract at Nottingham Forest after Alex McLeish decided he was surplus to requirements at the City Ground.
Chris Hughton has identified Camp as experienced cover for Mark Bunn in the absence of injured first choice John Ruddy. Hughton revealed last week he would be keen to let Declan Rudd out on loan to further his education, if he opted to bring in fresh back-up.
Northern Ireland international Camp was named in the Championship team of the year for 2009/10 and Forest rejected a £1.5m bid from Swansea City last summer.
Camp has played for the Canaries before - on a three-month loan from Derby County at the end of 2006 making three appearances and unfortunately scoring an own goal in a 2–1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.
Most upset at the move might well be Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy, who had been hoping to sign the former Derby and Queens Park Rangers stopper as the Blues battle for survival.
“It was touch and go with regards coming to Ipswich,” said a source close to Camp.
“Mick McCarthy was absolutely brilliant when Lee spoke to him, but in the end Norwich came in and the chance to go to the Premier League was too good an opportunity to turn down.”