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'I'm glad to be here and can't wait to get cracking' - Canaries confirm winger as second signing of the day

PUBLISHED: 14:04 30 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:46 01 July 2018

Ben Marshall celebrates scoring during his time at Blackburn - when he was a team-mate alongside Norwich City centre-back Grant Hanley.

Ben Marshall celebrates scoring during his time at Blackburn - when he was a team-mate alongside Norwich City centre-back Grant Hanley.

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Norwich City have completed their fourth buy of the summer, beating stiff competition to sign Wolves winger Ben Marshall.

Ben Marshall is smothered by Jake Cooper after Millwall score at Ipswich last season. Picture: STEVE WALLERBen Marshall is smothered by Jake Cooper after Millwall score at Ipswich last season. Picture: STEVE WALLER

The 27-year-old wide man has put pen to paper on a four-year deal from Wanderers, signing for an undisclosed fee. Millwall had been leading the chase for the winger and reportedly bid £1.5m for Marshall’s services.

The signing follows hot on the heels of Finland international striker Teemu Pukki being unveiled as a free transfer from Brondby at lunchtime.

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An option as a right-winger and perhaps most pertinently at right wing-back, Marshall joins Moritz Leitner, Emi Buendía and Pukki as City’s summer recruits so far.

The Canaries have already sold wide players in the shape of Josh Murphy (£10m-plus) to Cardiff and Marley Watkins to Bristol City (£1.3m), while Yanic Wildschut is also expected to leave this window should the right suitor come along, with Wigan reportedly interested in a loan reunion.

Head coach Daniel Farke said: “I’m very pleased. We made it clear it’s necessary for us to improve the squad.

Ben Marshall (12) in action for Wolves at Manchester City last season Picture: Tim Goode/PABen Marshall (12) in action for Wolves at Manchester City last season Picture: Tim Goode/PA

“Ben is a pretty experienced player at this level with more than 200 appearances in the Championship.

“It’s good that he’s a flexible player. He can play a number of different positions and wherever he played, he showed he was able to be there with some goals and assists.”

Former Stoke academy product Marshall spent the second half of last season on loan at Millwall, scoring three goals and making five more in his 16 games as Neil Harris’s side finished an impressive eighth.

That in turn led Millwall to push hard for a permanent move – although Marshall’s success at The Den appears to have been to the Lions’ detriment.

The winger – who was also a trainee at Manchester United and Crewe – has played for Wolves, Leicester and notably enjoyed a four-year spell at Blackburn, where he was a team-mate alongside current City centre-back Grant Hanley.

“It’s a good feeling. It’s nice to come and see the training ground and meet a few of the lads already so I feel very good,” Marshall said, speaking to City’s website.

Ben Marshall, in Blackburn colours, looks set to leave Wolves for Norwich PA: Dave Howarth/PABen Marshall, in Blackburn colours, looks set to leave Wolves for Norwich PA: Dave Howarth/PA

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“I heard about the interest this summer. When I heard about it, I was very excited and I wanted it to be pushed through.

“The club is massive. Playing against them for other clubs, obviously the fans are always sold out.

“I’m really looking forward to training hard. It’s nice to get in quite early, previous times I’ve come in quite late and sort of had to pick up. But I’m glad to be here and can’t wait to get cracking.”

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