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Updated: Norwich City seal a move for Dartford’s Ebou Adams as Alex Neil reveals his deadline day transfer plans

12:09 01 February 2016

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Norwich City's new signing Ebou Adams. Picture: Jason Dawson/JasonPix

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Norwich City have sealed a deal for Dartford’s Ebou Adams, but Alex Neil is predicting a quiet deadline day after a hectic transfer window.

Adams’ move was confirmed on Monday lunchtime, with the 20-year-old signing an 18-month deal for an undisclosed fee, to become the seventh new arrival at Carrow Road following the weekend addition of Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford.

Ivo Pinto, Ben Godfrey, Timm Klose and Steven Naismith have already arrived along with a permanent move for Matt Jarvis as Neil gears up for a Premier League survival push.

Adams is part of the club’s longer term strategy to recruit the best young talent, but Neil, speaking prior to confirmation of Adams’ switch, is not expecting a busy few hours ahead of Monday’s 11pm deadline.

“I don’t think you can never say never in the transfer window, but I would say the majority of our business has been done,” said the Scot, at Colney on Monday morning. “However, you can always have the odd thing thrown in at the last minute. Yes, that (Adams) should be done today. It is more of a longer term one, similar to Ben Godfrey, we are trying to plan for further down the line as well. Neither of them is seen as first team players at the moment.

“Overall I think it has been productive. Looking at where we were in the summer and where we wanted to get to we wanted to do a lot of business in January, which is unusual, because the majority of your work normally gets done in the summer. The earlier you get it done the more impact they can have because you bring them in quicker. When you are running about at the last minute that is when misjudgements and mistakes can be made. We are really pleased because we had a plan in place.”

Neil revealed Kyle Lafferty had turned down a potential loan exit, with the Northern Irishman’s former club FC Sion touted with a late swoop, but reports linking Youssouf Mulumbu with Bologna or Steven Whittaker with an imminent switch to Championship side Reading remain speculation.

“No, there is nothing to report at the moment. In terms of players leaving it has gone very quiet,” said Neil. “With Kyle at the end of the day someone has to show interest and make an offer. There has been interest, but it didn’t happen, so he remains part of the squad until such time someone makes a reasonable offer. There was a loan offer available but Kyle decided not to go so it is not something we have completely turned down up to this point as an option.

“I never heard anything about that (Mulumbu). With Youssouf he has been unfortunate in the sense during pre-season he looked in real good nick, he was performing well and then he got injured and he has not quite back to those levels. We hope he will and stake a claim for a position in the team. With Whitts, nothing at the moment.

“I think we are dead on in terms of numbers. We have 26 when they are fit and all training. The under-21s don’t count in that number (25-man Premier League squad lists). What I would say is if I don’t see them playing a part for us and something comes up, as I have done in the past, then I am not going to stop lads playing.”

Adams will be part of Dmitri Halajko’s development squad alongside fellow new recruit Godfrey.

“This is a dream come true for me, and I’ve worked hard to get here,” said Adams, speaking to the club’s official site. “I want to thank Jason Long, Deren Ibrahim and Tony Burman, as well as everyone else at Dartford, for their help. They gave me the opportunity, and that gave me the chance to be spotted by Norwich.

“I’d describe myself as a box-to-box midfielder because I like to get about the pitch. My game is about working hard, and that’s what I need to do now to push on again.”

Dartford confirmed it was a club-record deal on their official site, with Norwich scheduled to play a pre-season fixture at the Conference South club’s Princes’ Park ground.

“Ebou is a product of our extremely successful Academy programme, working very closely with Tony Burman, Steve Mosely, Deren Ibrahim and Jason Long. He made his first team league debut at Macclesfield in the Conference Premier last April and has made 15 starting appearances for the Darts this season.

“Although the full details of the transfer will remain undisclosed, suffice to say, this is the best transfer in the club’s history and Ebou becomes the first player in the club’s history to sign for a Premier League side.

“One element of the transfer is a pre-season friendly with Norwich where we would hope to see Ebou return wearing the Canaries’ yellow and green. We would like to wish Ebou all the good luck in the world and hope that this is the start of a fantastic career ahead of him.”

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26 comments

  • Comrade, it's the bit between the City of Destruction and the gate at the beginning of Christian's journey. Cutty's reference is accurate - Sloughbottom could be a boggy place at times. At other times a rutted, rock hard ankle breaker of a place.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • hi canterbury,once again no honest investors ? who do you have in mind for , American money laundering,Russian pillaging and Asian corruption?,how is it that they defeat AMLA and other checks and balances. For me the owners and directors of Leicester appear, to represent,all that can be good.

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    dis dressed

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Well that's the window ! And one of the best ones we've had , the club stood up and spent ( at last ) and AN got his targets we think ! And now all we need is 15 points ?

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    5th generation

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • ah the Slough of despond. Good place for a holiday , rather go to mars.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Ah ha, a Pilgrim's Progress reference. For the life of me I know not from which literacy piece? Any help appreciated. Seriously off topic, but whiling away the dark hours before dawn

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    Comrade Smoultty

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • another youngster going nowhere. the city youngster policy is a joke' there should be a reserve leauge like the old combination for reserve players to get a game every week to develop skills on the field and to keep them fit. loaning them out is sometimes a bad idea as lower managers will try to bring the through at that level. who was the last city product to make it gig in football

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    AOTWAY@BTINTERNET.COM

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • cutty, that comment fills me with despond...

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Is that why we have Sloughbottom park?

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    cutty

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Everything in Norfolk is slower than the rest of the country. Possibly with the exception of The Forest of Dean.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Lucioperca you are right about the local limitations, but in the period 1970 to 1995 both Norwich and Ipswich managed to introduce a lot of local talent into the top flight (Whymark, Butcher, Woods, Fashanu x 2, Gordon, Sutton, Fox and the likes of Mendham and Sutch who held their own in top flight teams) and the problems would have been worse then as the junior club set up is far wider than it was then. Have we improved but at a far slower rate than the rest of the country?

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    JohnnyH

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Rick I don't think they will when with Swansea and AV we are in the championship. We will lose hardly any of the quad players since other premier clubs do not see them as up to premiership standard with the exception of Redmond and Naismith. And so there will be few future chances for the youngsters . In my view the academy needs a shake up as it is not delivering and that is vital for our club with its small resources compared to the plaything clubs of the foreign owners.

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    Canterbury Tales

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • I'm proud of that fact too, Canterbury. But it still does not excuse the fact that not a single member of Neil Adams' Youth Cup winning side of 3 years ago is seemingly even remotely close to nailing down a regular spot in NA's first team squad. Obviously I hope it doesn't happen, but it'll be interesting to see if any get into the first team picture if we are plying our trade back in the Championship come August ....

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    Rick

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Rick you are spot on. They don't come back and end up as third and fourth tier players. What is it that Bundsliga and Belgian clubs do right but English clubs fail? I think it is a result of how American money launderers, Russian pillaged money and Corrupt Asian business leaders have corrupted the professional game in England. What is so good about our club is that it is locally owned and clean and I'm sure Ed Balls and Tom Smith will keep it like that in the future. And I'm proud of that!

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    Canterbury Tales

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Lucioperca, your theory would be fine if, after a couple of years 'blooding' in the first teams of Coventry City, MK Dons, Southend Utd , Timbuktu Rovers etc, these talented lads came back to the fine city and challenged for a spot on the NCFC bench at the very least. But they don't , do they ? So, are you , in effect saying that our much vaunted academy exists mainly to provide players for lower Champ and below teams ?

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    Rick

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • "Dartford teenager Ebou Adams" has joined Norwich, with "the 20-year-old signing an 18-month deal for an undisclosed fee". A 20-year-old teenager is a new one on me... but good for him!

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    soulwaxer

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Our lack of academy output has a lot to do with the quality of football in Norfolk in general. Low population, spread across a large geographic area ... have you been to a local game recently ... I watch footy in the parks of Norwich have to say the standard I see is pretty awful. I'm not talking about worldy skills ... just the basic ability to run with their heads up, control a ball before it bounces and to form triangles so there is always a passing option. Its mostly down to the schools, too many PE lessons being taken by non-football coaches get the kids off on the wrong foot and once bad habits and poor technique creep in its really hard to correct them

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    Lucioperca

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Does Ebou have an older brother who can play centreback?

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    waclor

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • @Rick ... we do. Just in the Coventry first team, MK Dons First Team, Southend First Team, Camb Utd first team .... the foot of the Prem is no arena to be blooding young talent

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    Lucioperca

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Mardler I agree. What are the Academy's performance measures? When did one of its products end up at a top flight club? How does its performance compare with those of other academies? Are we getting value for money for what hard working supporters are paying their £19? pa?

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    Canterbury Tales

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Ebou Adams is proof - if further proof is needed - that this manager looks to the future. There is definite room for improvement in our academy set up - it's got a top rating in classification but falls short of the successful graduations to the first team of for example a club like Southampton.

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    mardler

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Welcome to the lad, hope all goes well for him. A high work-rate always gets a manager's interest and I'm sure he has the skill to go with it.

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    cutty

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • good young player ebo adams

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    sammo

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • ☆ º ♥ `•.¸.•´ ♥ º ☆ Ruben Loftus-Cheek perhaps ☆ º ♥ `•.¸.•´ ♥ º ☆

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • I see the most recent academy graduate to make it to Chelsea's 1st team is John Terry. Perhaps our Academy is pretty much the same as those of other PL clubs?

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    PaulWho

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • More to the point, Canterbury, if we do have an academy why do we see virtually none of them in the first team squad these days ?

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    Rick

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • If we are signing up future prospects what is the point of having the Academy ? Us supporters are asked to fork out 19 quid a year. How much do the first team players contribute?

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    Canterbury Tales

    Monday, February 1, 2016

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