Lambert gets �2m Pilkington
Anthony Pilkington made it six summer signings for Norwich City boss Paul Lambert last night, after the 23-year-old put pen to paper on a three-year deal.
Huddersfield Town accepted a reported �2m bid from the Canaries on Monday for their former Manchester United winger – joining Steve Morison, James Vaughan, Elliott Bennett, Bradley Johnson and loanee Ritchie de Laet as close season Carrow Road arrivals.
Pilkington's move also takes Lambert's total summer transfer fees up to the �8m mark – although the club has kept them undisclosed.
'I think it's been in the pipeline for about a week or so now and I'm absolutely delighted to make the move having passed my medical,' said Pilkington, who has only just returned to training after suffering a broken leg in March.
'It's great to get down here, I met all the lads today and met the gaffer, so yes I am absolutely delighted.
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'Paul just told me to go and relish playing in the Premier League. He's played at the highest level and he's been a massive part of this club for the two years he has been here.
'The Premier League is the best league in the world. When you're a boy you dream of playing in it one day. It's great to see the club is on the up and we'll be fighting tooth and nail to stay in the Premier League.'
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City have the option of an extra year in their deal for Pilkington, who scored an impressive 25 goals in 105 appearances during two-and-a-half seasons at the Galpharm Stadium.
Lambert added: 'I'm sure Anthony will be a big player for us, there is no doubt, and I'm delighted to be able to welcome him to the club.
'He was great for Huddersfield in his time there and he will add to the team for the season ahead. He is a player that can play on either wing which is great. He is a top lad and he has a real enthusiasm for the game.'
Terriers boss and former City assistant manager Lee Clark had been hoping to keep one of his hottest properties at the club for next season, turning down a reported �1.75m bid from City for the player's services last month.
However, Pilkington made his intentions clear last week – handing in a transfer request and ultimately forcing Clark's hand, providing the right offer came in.
'I'm obviously very sad to see Anthony go, as you become a good manager by having good players – and he is very good,' said Clark, who had convinced Pilkington to extend his Terriers deal until 2014 only last Christmas.
'However, from day one of his arrival at this club I stated that he had the potential to play in the Premier League and we knew that this day might come.
'To be fair to Anthony, I don't believe he would have left the club to go to a Championship club. He has absolutely loved his time here and only the opportunity to play at the highest level has triggered his decision to leave.
'I have a mixture of sadness and pride over his transfer, but I believe he will be a success at Norwich. He is a fantastic lad and has done very well for this club – right until the end, when he has been fair by the club by letting us get the best possible deal.
'Obviously I know Norwich well too having been an assistant manager there and Anthony will be in good hands; they are second to none in terms of facilities and have an outstanding manager in Paul Lambert. I wish Anthony well; he will always be welcomed back to watch us, which I am sure he will.'
Town chairman Dean Hoyle added: 'I do not begrudge Anthony, who is a great lad, this move to the Premier League.
'We did not need to sell Anthony for financial reasons but at the same time we did not want to stand in his way. We have secured the deal we wanted. It is a multi-million pound deal which could easily prove the best in the club's history.
'Anthony will always be a friend of the club and I will be cheering him on to success in future.'