Norwich City sign Vfl Wolfsburg defender Timm Klose
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Norwich City have signed Timm Klose from VfL Wolfsburg in a three-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The 27-year-old centre-back is the Canaries' fourth signing of the January transfer window, in a deal believed to be worth £7.6m, after a permanent transfer for Matt Jarvis and the recent additions of Ivo Pinto and teenage midfielder Ben Godfrey.
Klose has signed a three-and-a-half year contract, subject to governing body approval, and Alex Neil is delighted to add the versatile defender to his Premier League plans.
'Timm has got plenty of experience having played in the Bundesliga, in the Champions' League and for his country, which will be an asset to us,' he said. 'As a player, he's got good technical ability and he's solid in the air. He can also play at either right centre-back or left centre-back. We're delighted to have completed this deal and to have added Timm to our squad.'
Klose, speaking to the club's official site, admitted he was keen to sample life in the Premier League after featuring for the German club earlier this season in the Champions League group stages.
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'It was always a dream to play in the Premier League and Norwich have given me a big chance. Now I want to give everything I can to be a good player in this league,' he said. 'When I came here and saw the training ground, the stadium, and everything – it was fantastic.
'When I looked up the schedule and at all the next matches, I was pretty excited. I'm happy to play against great teams and good players and to improve my own game and reach the next level.
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'I'm fit, we did two weeks of preparation at Wolfsburg and it was tough, so I'm ready now to touch the ball again and I'm looking forward to it.'
Frankfurt-born Klose, who qualifies for Switzerland through his mother's side, started his career at FC Basel and FC Thun before moving back to Germany in 2011 with Nurnberg. He moved to Wolfsburg 2013, making 39 appearances in all competitions for The Wolves.