Norwich City sign Dinamo Zagreb full-back Ivo Pinto
PUBLISHED: 09:38 08 January 2016 | UPDATED: 11:07 08 January 2016
Norwich City have confirmed the signing of Portuguese full-back Ivo Pinto from Dinamo Zagreb, subject to paperwork being completed.
Age: 26 (born January 7, 1990)
From: Lourosa, Portugal
Weight: 11st 8lbs
Previous clubs: Dinamo Zagreb, CFR Cluj, União de Leiria, Porto (youth), Boavista (youth)
Honours: Croatian Prva Liga (2014, 2015), Croatian Cup (2015)
The 26-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Canaries, with the deal reportedly worth around £2.2million.
“I’m very excited to come here and play for a big club in the Premier League,” Pinto told City’s website.
“I’m looking forward to starting work to help the team achieve their goals.”
City boss Alex Neil added: “Ivo has had Champions League experience this season, playing against Arsenal and Bayern Munich where he did very well.
“He’s a Portuguese Under-21 international and at only 26 has his best years ahead of him. He is an athletic and good defender and will bring us options at the back.”
The defender has played Champions League football for Zagreb and Romanian side CFR Cluj, and won the Croatian top-flight title with Zagreb in 2014 and 2015.
The former Boavista and Porto trainee was capped throughout Portugal’s youth teams and has been called up for the senior squad in the past but is yet to earn his first cap.