Norwich Unveil Johan Elmander as Eighth Summer Signing
The move, confirmed Wednesday afternoon, is subject to “paperwork and international clearance,” according to the club’s official website.
Speaking about the player, already unveiled at Carrow Road, Canaries boss Chris Hughton expressed his delight at being able to bring in a player of Elmander’s experience, “not only at club and Premier League level, but as a current international.”
The 32-year-old has so far been capped 71 times for Sweden and has scored 19 goals, two of which have come in the current round of World Cup qualifiers.
Elmander will likely play a support role to Ricky Van Wolfswinkel at Norwich, operating either just behind the Dutchman or on the right of midfield where Elliott Bennett played last weekend against Everton. He is also unafraid to get involved in the defensive side of the game and will add a well-rounded element to the Norwich attack.
Gary Hooper—signed from Celtic last month—will also get a chance to nail down regular minutes, but the 25-year-old is currently recovering from a calf injury and may only start on the bench on Saturday away to Hull.
Elmander, who won two league and cup doubles with Galatasaray, has said he is “happy” at agreeing to the Norwich move and is “looking forward to starting training with the lads and to playing some games also.”
He added, in his interview with Canaries.co.uk, “I know Norwich City has great fans and there’s a great atmosphere in the stadium, plus I know a couple of players here already, too.
Between 2008 and 2011 Elmander made 92 Premier League appearances for Bolton Wanderers, tallying 18 times. One of those goals, scored away to Wolves in November 2010, was voted Greatest Premier League Goal ever by a Guardian poll.
Elmander is Hughton’s eighth signing of the summer, following Van Wolfswinkel, Hooper, Javier Garrido, Leroy Fer, Carlo Nash, Nathan Redmond and Martin Olsson to Carrow Road.
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