Norwich City to sign West Brom’s Leon Barnett in permanent deal

Norwich City will sign Leon Barnett on a permanent deal in January.

The defender joined on loan from West Brom at the end of August and will sign a three-and-a-half year deal in the new year – for an undisclosed fee.

Former Luton star Barnett, 25, has formed an excellent central defensive partnership with Elliott Ward since making a loan switch to Carrow Road – the pair played together last season at Coventry City.

His 17 appearances in the Championship also saw him net once, with his header earning a 1-1 draw with Leeds United at Carrow Road last month.

Norwich manager Paul Lambert said: 'Leon has been colossal for us and the biggest compliment I can pay him is that he will be exactly the same for us as he has been during his loan spell when he completes the move in January.

'He has become a fans' favourite because of the way he has played for us, which has been brilliant, and I don't think anyone can say he hasn't always given everything he's got.

'I'm delighted he is set to join us permanently in January.'

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Barnett had found his opportunities limited at The Hawthorns under Roberto Di Matteo, and spent most of last season on loan at Coventry.

It was an ankle injury to central defender Michael Nelson that prompted Lambert to bring in Barnett and he has impressed enough to make the switch a long term arrangement – something the defender has regularly hinted he would like to see happen.

EDP reporter Chris Lakey tweeted from Friday morning's press conference at Colney: 'Lambert says once City are safe and if where they are now, they will 'go for it'. Three more players on his list.'

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