Norwich City signing Nathan Redmond could not turn down Chris Hughton reunion
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Norwich City's new signing Nathan Redmond admitted yesterday Chris Hughton was a major factor in his decision to join the Canaries.
The exciting England Under-21 attacking midfielder agreed a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee and becomes City's third permanent signing of the summer after Javier Garrido and Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
Norwich beat off competition from a clutch of Premier League rivals to land the 19-year-old for a reported fee that could rise to £3.2m, and Redmond revealed he was delighted to link up again with former mentor Hughton.
'He was very influential on my career at Birmingham,' he said. He gave me the chance to play and the chance to express myself every time that I stepped on to the field and I feel like on the bigger stage he'll do exactly the same thing. I'd probably say I've played some of my best football under him so far. Last season was a good one for me in terms of goals and assists and just general performances. Hopefully I can continue the form that I left off with last season at Birmingham.
'I'm very happy. It looks like a fantastic club, I'm just looking forward to getting started now. I know that there is only one football club in this city and it has an excellent fan base.
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'The people around the football club and in the city that I have spoken to so far have attracted me to this club so much, it's made me realise just how much this club means to the people of this city.'
The teenager has already made 82 senior appearances after becoming the youngest Blues' debutant since Trevor Francis when he was blooded in August 2010. Birmingham-bred Redmond blossomed under Hughton's guidance and the Norwich boss is convinced he can add to his squad's attacking mix.
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'Nathan is a young and exciting player that I had the pleasure of working with,' Hughton told the club's official site. 'He is a player that was of interest to us for some time and the situation has now come about that we can get him on our terms. He's someone we can bring in to the forward areas and primarily has played on either wing in his career so far, but can also play off the front.
'He's very keen to develop his own game, he's one of these lads that likes to be on the training pitch and is usually one of the last ones off the training pitch.
'I'm sure the move won't faze him but this is still a part of his development and one he is very much looking forward to.'