Norwich City keeper Jed Steer opts to become a Villain
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Norwich City's highly-rated young keeper Jed Steer will move to Premier League rivals Aston Villa when his Canaries' contract runs out next week.
City chief executive David McNally last night used his personal Twitter account to confirm Steer will re-join former manager Paul Lambert at Villa Park, with the club seeking 'considerable compensation' after the 20-year-old rejected the option of a fresh Carrow Road deal.
Steer will officially complete his move on July 1 and becomes the fourth departure from Carrow Road for the Midlands this week following development coach Scott Marshall and two strength and conditioning coaches who also left to join Lambert's backroom staff.
McNally tweeted: 'Jed was offered a new contract. He has decided to move on. As a top young player, we expect to receive considerable compensation for him.
'The departure of three of our support staff to Aston Villa was entirely amicable and we were pleased with the outcome.'
Lambert revealed yesterday he wants Steer to provide fresh competition for senior professionals Brad Guzan and Shay Given, with Swiss Under-21 international keeper Benji Siegrist also on Villa's books.
'Bringing in Jed will add to the goalkeeping department and helps everyone pushing one another, learning from one another and making everyone better and wanting to improve,' Lambert told Villa's official site. 'You want competition for places throughout the team, which is something we didn't have last season. Having genuine competition for places is really healthy.'
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Lambert handed Steer his Canaries' debut in January 2012 when he played a starring role in an FA Cup win at West Brom. The England youth international's only other senior outing for the club came in a later fifth round home defeat to Leicester.
Steer was not involved in Chris Hughton's first team set-up last season, with the Norwich boss opting to draft in Mark Bunn and Lee Camp as experienced cover for John Ruddy.
Diss-bred England Under-21 goalkeeping prospect Declan Rudd signed a contract extension earlier this month prior to agreeing a season-long loan move to Preston.
Norwich number one Ruddy was quick to wish Steer all the best following the news of his imminent exit, tweeting: 'Good luck, top keeper and top guy wish you nothing but the best pal.'