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Norwich City confirm signing of Middlesbrough defender James Husband

PUBLISHED: 10:32 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:08 11 July 2017

James Husband looks set to sign for Norwich City. Picture: PA

James Husband looks set to sign for Norwich City. Picture: PA

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Norwich City have completed the signing of James Husband from Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee.

Norwich City have completed the signing of James Husband from Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old has signed a three-year deal at Carrow Road for a reported fee of £1m and is the club’s sixth signing this summer.

Husband has made 62 appearances at Championship level and made his first-team debut for Doncaster Rovers in 2012 before going on to make 73 appearances for the club.

He signed for Boro ahead of the 2014-15 campaign, before joining Fulham on loan for the remainder of the season. His loan spell at the south London club continued for the first half of the 2015-16 Championship campaign, before he moved on loan to Huddersfield Town in January 2016. He made his Premier League debut last season for Middlesbrough.

Husband, speaking exclusively to Norwich City TV, said: “I’m delighted to join such a big football club. First and foremost I’ve come here to play football and to enjoy my time as much as possible. The main thing is to try and get Norwich up the league as far as we can go.

“Everyone seems lovely and welcoming and I’m looking forward to my time here.”

Head coach Daniel Farke added: “James is quick, he’s technically good and knows how to defend. There are some things he needs to improve but he’s young and his attitude and character are excellent.

“He’s a young guy with lots of potential, but he also already has strong experience of playing in the Championship. He’s an excellent fit for our squad.”

The Canaries have been keen to bring in a left back this summer with youngster Harry Toffolo the only recognised senior left back on the club’s books previously.

City opted against making Mitchell Dijks’ loan move permanent despite the Ajax man impressing at Carrow Road last season. Dijks was looking in the region of wages of £30,000 a week at a time when City are looking to reduce the wage bill.

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