Norwich City complete first January transfer window signing
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Norwich City have beaten off competition from a number of European clubs to sign Icelandic Under-17 international Agust Hlynsson from Breidablik for an undisclosed fee.
The 16-year-old attacking midfielder has signed a deal that could keep him at Carrow Road until 2020 after becoming Breidablik's youngest-ever scorer earlier this year and playing in the opening rounds of the Europa League during the summer.
Hlynsson, who has 15 caps at U17 level for his country after making his debut as a 15-year-old, is eligible to feature in the Canaries' FA Youth Cup fourth round trip to Burnley on Friday.
The teenager, who spent time with Norwich in the summer and has already trained with Alex Neil's first team squad, will turn profesional in July when he reaches his 17th birthday.
'It's a dream come true for me, I'm very happy to be here,' he said. 'Norwich have everything I want and everything I need to develop as a player. I know I've taken the right decision to join them. I'm looking forward to getting to know the lads here and to training with them and getting stronger.'
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Academy head of recruitment Gregg Broughton, speaking to the club's official site, revealed Hlynsson had been on the Canaries' radar for a number of years.
'We've been tracking Agust for three years so it's been a long process, as it is when you try and bring in any player from abroad,' he said. 'He spent some time with us last season, he enjoyed that experience and from there we agreed a fee with Breidablik in the summer and in this transfer window we have finalised the deal.
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'The plan is for him to be playing Under-23s football straight away. He's already had an opportunity to train with the first team and Alex Neil likes him as a player. He has great attacking qualities but he also has an unbelievable attitude and work ethic. Those two things will serve him really well and we can't wait to see him pull on a Norwich City shirt.'