Norwich City clinch Nathan Redmond signing from Birmingham City

Norwich new boy Nathan Redmond spurned the advances of Swansea to sign for the Canaries. Picture: PA.

Norwich new boy Nathan Redmond spurned the advances of Swansea to sign for the Canaries. Picture: PA. - Credit: PA

Norwich City have clinched the transfer of highly-rated England Under-21 starlet Nathan Redmond from Birmingham for an undisclosed fee.

City officials confirmed the deal on Thursday afternoon with Redmond agreeing a four-year switch to Norfolk.

Reports in the Midlands last week claimed the Canaries had agreed an initial £2m transfer which could rise to £3.2m with add ons.

City and Premier League rivals Swansea both met Birmingham's valuation, but the Canaries have won the race for the highly-rated teenager who worked under Chris Hughton at St Andrews. Redmond joins club-record capture Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Javier Garrido as permanent arrivals at Carrow Road this summer.

The 19-year-old was the Blues' second youngest ever debutant when he made his debut in August 2010. Redmond has already made 62 senior league appearances and has represented England at every age group level from under-16. Redmond was also one of the few bright spots from an otherwise depressing England Under-21 European Championship campaign under Stuart Pearce earlier this summer in Israel.

Hughton is looking forward to working with his former charge again.

'Nathan is a young and exciting player that I had the pleasure of working with at Birmingham,' the City chief told the club's official site. 'He is a player that was of interest to us for some time and the situation has now come about that we can get him on our terms. He's someone we can bring in to the forward areas and primarily has played on either wing in his career so far, but can also play off the front. He's very keen to develop his own game, he's one of these lads that likes to be on the training pitch and is usually one of the last ones off the training pitch. I'm sure the move won't faze him but this is still a part of his development and one he is very much looking forward to.'

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Redmond posted a message on his Instagram account after the deal had been concluded thanking Birmingham fans for their backing during his 11-year stay.

'It has been an emotional 11 years for me at Birmingham City and I have loved every single minute of it. I am really, really going to miss it from the bottom of my heart. My nan who passed away last year always used to tell me 'never forget where you have come from.' Well I came from Birmingham City. This club will remain etched on my heart and soul for life. I am just sorry that I had to leave but I am looking forward to the next step on my journey as a professional footballer.'

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