Norwich complete deal for Blackburn Rovers defender Martin Olsson
The Sweden international joins on a four-year deal
Wednesday 10 July 2013
Norwich this afternoon confirmed the signing of Sweden international defender Martin Olsson from Blackburn Rovers.
The 25-year-old, who can also operate on the left side of midfield, will move to Carrow Road on a four-year deal from the Championship club for an undisclosed fee once all of the relevant paperwork has been completed.
Olsson has been a long-term target of Canaries manager Chris Hughton, who has been on a summer spending spree following the club's record £8.5million capture of Holland international Ricky van Wolfswinkel, while England Under-21 winger Nathan Redmond was last week purchased from Birmingham, and defender Javier Garrido has signed permanently after a loan from Lazio.
"We are delighted with the addition of Martin. He's been playing in England for seven years and is well acclimatised to the Premier League," said Hughton on the club's official website, http://www.canaries.co.uk.
"He can also play anywhere on the left hand side so he brings us good flexibility in that sense, plus at 25 he's at an age where he has some experience and also some time to improve.
"At this time it is about improving the squad that we have and Martin certainly does that."
Hughton is expected to show no let-up in his summer recruitment drive, with Scotland defender Russell Martin yesterday signing on for another three years with a contract extension.
Norwich are understood to be tracking PSV Eindhoven's Sweden international Ola Toivonen, Lokomotiv Moscow's £6million-rated Senegal striker Dame N'Doye.
Feyenoord midfielder Leroy Fer and Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld, meanwhile, are also reported targets for the Canaries, with suggestions the duo have already travelled to East Anglia to take in the club's facilities ahead of undergoing medicals.
Norwich are currently in Austria for a training camp ahead of a three-match tour to the west coast of the United States later this month.
Latest in Sport
Fifa corruption: Could Fifa's president Sepp Blatter face arrest as part of the FBI investigation into alleged corruption?
Paul Scholes column: With Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Bath vs Saracens live: Saracens win Premiership final with 28-16 victory thanks to tries from Owen Farrell, Jamie George and Chris Wyles
Fifa corruption live: Sepp Blatter tries to shift attention to Uefa and says he expects more from US investigators
Young Preston fan who had Jermaine Beckford's shirt stolen from him at Wembley presented with replacement signed by the play-off hero
- 1 Engineer pictured fixing plane's engine with 'duct tape' by concerned EasyJet passenger
- 2 Two-year-old says goodbye to bin man best friend
- 3 Saudi Arabia mosque bombing: Two volunteer security guards hailed as heroes for stopping Isis suicide bomber reaching worshippers
- 4 There is something wrong but very right about this Bible illustration
- 5 Remove smartphones from the hands of under-18s and maybe they will grow up to be less dumb
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'