Norwich City set to sign Colchester United’s Marc Tierney
Norwich City manager Paul Lambert is poised to make Colchester United defender Marc Tierney his third signing of the January transfer window.
The Canaries confirmed on Wednesday night the 25-year-old left-back, who played under Paul Lambert for the Us, would move to Carrow Road once the relevant paperwork had been completed.
Tierney will sign a two-and-a-half year deal with the Canaries, while the two clubs have agree an undisclosed fee for his services.
The defender, who is following Leon Barnett and Aaron Wilbraham in joining Lamberts' promotion-chasing side during the transfer window, faces a tough fight to gain a regular first team place, with long serving Adam Drury currently the man in occupation at left-back and summer signing Steven Smith also sure to be in the running once he has recovered from injury.
Lambert is just happy to have more options at his disposal and is delighted to be linking up again with a player he has already signed once before, bringing him from Shrewsbury Town to Colchester in January 2009.
'He's a top lad, ' Lambert told City's official website. 'He was great for me at Colchester and his attitude and desire for the game are absolutely top class.
'He knows he'll have to fight for a place in the team but it's great to have a squad with healthy competition for places.'
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Bury-born Tierney, who would have been out of contract at the end of the season, started his career in Lancashire with Oldham, where be made 46 appearances before a free transfer switch to Shrewsbury in January, 2007. He quickly became a first team regular at the Shropshire club, notching up 89 games, many of them alongside the man who will be his new skipper, Grant Holt.
His form was noted by then Colchester boss Lambert and after a initial loan spell in Essex he quickly became a regular under the Scot. He leaves the Weston Homes Community Stadium with 85 appearances to his name, including the two never-to-be-forgotten games against the Canaries last season – City's 7-1 defeat at Carrow Road and their 5-0 victory in the return fixture. He was booked in both games.
Tierney, who was also linked with a move to Norwich last season when the Canaries were embroiled in a bitter dispute with Colchester over Lambert's switch to Carrow Road, was quoted at the time: 'My girlfriend went shopping the other day and someone asked her if I was going to Norwich!
'I'd just like to say that I would never in a million years go to Norwich. I can categorically say that!'
It would appear that time has been a great healer, with the player clearly having a change of heart, and the Us happy to do business with City for the second time since the issue with Lambert was resolved, with David Fox having moved to Carrow Road in the summer.
The move hardly comes out of the blue, with Coventry manager Adie Boothroyd letting the cat out of the bag earlier this month when quizzed on the Sky Blues' interest.
'He's a very good player and I know Norwich are interested in him,' he said.
Coincidentally the Canaries were also linked with one of Boothroyd's players yesterday, with Coventry's former Stockport midfielder Carl Baker said to be another January target, but reports of an imminent move are understood to be wide of the mark.