Norwich City sign Brighton’s Elliott Bennett

Brighton midfielder Elliott Bennett is set to join Norwich City on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee - subject to the relevant paperwork being completed.

The 22 year-old moves to Carrow Road having helped the Seagulls become League One Champions.

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert told the club's official website: 'He's a young and exciting player with plenty of pace. He can play in a wide position or in behind the forwards - he's a quick lad and he's got a winning mentality.

'He played his full part in what Brighton achieved last season and that desire to succeed will stand him in good stead here.'

Bennett added: 'It's an unbelievable opportunity for me to fight for a place in the team which will be playing in the Premier League.

'I like the mentality at Norwich City that has seen them get back-to-back promotions and I'm grateful to Paul Lambert for giving me the chance to be part of what's happening at the club.

'I didn't make it through at Wolves, which was my home town club, and Brighton gave me the opportunity and I'm grateful for that. Now I'm just really excited about the chance to try and help Norwich in the Premier League.'

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Brighton manager Gus Poyet commented on his club's official website: 'I thank Elliott for the way he has approached the situation. He had a great opportunity to leave in January.

'He understood how important he was to us and he agreed to stay another six months to help us get out of League One, but now it's impossible for him to turn down because of the offer and the level he is going to play. On behalf of everyone at the club I wish him well in the Premier League.

'When I came to the club he was seen as just a right winger, but he's also been very impressive playing behind the strikers, playing the shape we played away from home and also in a disciplined role when we were chasing games.

'I always say the best way is for everyone to get better together and that's the perfect situation, but sometimes a player develops quicker. When that happens it's difficult to keep them because we can't compete with the opportunities and salaries in the Premier League.'