Norwich City seal Yanic Wildschut swoop
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Norwich City sealed a big-money deal for Yanic Wildschut in the closing minutes of the transfer window.
Wildschut moved from Championship rivals Wigan for an undisclosed fee after signing a two-and-a-half year deal, with the option for a further year.
The 25-year-old left-sided attacker handed in a transfer request on Monday night after the Canaries and Derby County had failed with 'several' bids for the Dutchman.
Wildschut joins compatriot Mitchell Dijks at Carrow Road, who completed an initial loan move from Ajax, on a busy deadline day that saw Robbie Brady depart for Burnley and Sergi Canos return to Brentford on permanent deals.
'The moment Norwich were interested, I felt good about it,' said Wildschut. 'After speaking to the manager, it was an easy decision for me. This is what I need at this stage of my career, so for me it was a no-brainer.
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'It's a step up for me. I really enjoyed my time with Wigan, but I'm now looking forward to the promotion chase here and hopefully I can help with that.'
Wildschut returned from a hamstring injury on Sunday in Wigan's FA Cup exit at Manchester United and has scored four times in 25 Championship appearances this season, including a double against City's East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town.
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'Yanic will bring pace and directness, and he's the type of lad that on his day, he can create absolute havoc,' said Alex Neil. 'He's still learning the game, he's still got improvements to make but when he's on form he's a really top operator at this level. There was stiff competition for him, we had to make sure we put a good deal in place - however, with us losing two left-siders, it was important that we brought two in and we've done that.'
Wigan chairman David Sharpe fired a parting shot after Wildschut made it clear he wanted to leave.
'We have now reached an agreement which we feel is right for the long-term interest of our football club,' he said. 'We were disappointed in the manner that Yanic behaved, and we made that clear. Nevertheless, it is correct that we should still thank him for his contribution these past 15 months and wish him the best for the future.'