Norwich City receive club record fee as Nathan Redmond joins Southampton
PUBLISHED: 17:02 25 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:50 27 June 2016
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Nathan Redmond has left Norwich City for Southampton in a club-record deal for the Canaries.
The EDP understands City will receive £11m for Redmond, while there is also a sell-on clause in the deal.
The 22-year-old has been touted with a move away from Carrow Road since the Canaries were relegated from the top-flight, and while Stoke City were reportedly the early front-runners, it was managerless Saints who got their man.
England Under-21 international Redmond joined City from Birmingham City for £3.2m in 2013, teaming up again with manager Chris Hughton. There was a 15pc sell-on clause on any profit due to Birmingham negotiated in the original deal.
In a statementr on the official Norewich City wwebsite, the club said: “Everybody at Norwich City would like to thank Nathan for his efforts, and we wish him the very best for his future career.”
Redmond played 123 appearances in all competitions, scoring 13 goals, including his memorable strikes against Ipswich and Middlesbrough in the Canaries’ triumphant Sky Bet Championship play-off campaign in the 2014-15 season.
However, there was often a frustration over Redmond’s inconsistency and with just a year remaining on his contract there was an inevitability about his departure this summer.
Redmond will join up with his new team-mates for pre-season testing on Tuesday.
“I’m really pleased to have made the move to Southampton,” Redmond said. “It’s a fantastic football club with excellent facilities, and I really feel I can develop my game here.
“The club’s style of play has always been excellent. They like to play attacking football and it’s a style I feel I can really fit in well with.
“When Southampton said they were interested it felt like the right move for me, and I can’t wait to get started now.”
Saints executive director of football Les Reed said: “I’m delighted to be able to welcome Nathan to Southampton Football Club.
“Despite being just 22, Nathan has gained plenty of experience in the Premier League with Norwich City, showing his quality at the top level on a consistent basis.
“He has also performed exceptionally well on the international stage, playing a key role in helping England Under-21s win the Toulon Tournament this summer.
“While Nathan has already gained Premier League experience, he has the potential to continue developing and becoming an integral part of the squad for years to come.”