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Blades sign Oliver Norwood

Sheffield United have officially completed the signing of Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Oliver Norwood on loan until January, where the deal will become permanent.

Norwood is one of the most coveted Championship midfielders around at the moment, having won back to back promotions with Brighton and then Fulham in the last two seasons – playing key roles in both.

The 27-year-old started his career at Manchester United, before moving to Huddersfield town after a string of loan moves. He scored 8 goals in 80 appearances for the Terriers and impressed enough for Reading to shell out a reported £1.2m for his services.

He made a similar number of appearances for Reading, and earned his move to Brighton where he helped win promotion for the club.

After making 37 appearances in all competitions for the Seagulls, Norwood joined Fulham on loan – once again gaining promotion to the Premier League.

Now, after joining the Blades on an initial loan deal, manager Chris Wilder has hailed the signing as ‘fantastic’.

“This is a fantastic capture for us,” said Wilder.

“Oli has great ability, is a great age and will make us stronger. He complements our squad and our transfer business over the course of the summer window.”

Brighton manager Chris Hughton explained the decision to allow the player to leave, saying: “He is keen to play regular senior football.

“Sheffield United provides him that opportunity. On behalf of everyone at the club I’d like to thank Ollie for his efforts.”
[Quotes sourced via BBC Sport]