Norwich City sign Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban

Lewis Grabban (left) has signed a three-year deal with Norwich City. Lewis Grabban (left) has signed a three-year deal with Norwich City.

Thursday, June 5, 2014
10:52 AM

Norwich City have unveiled their first signing of the summer in the form of Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban for an undisclosed fee.

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The 26-year-old has signed a three-year deal, paperwork pending, with an option for a further year and manager Neil Adams will be hoping he can provide the goals that were desperately missing last season.

Grabban was Bournemouth’s leading scorer in the Championship in the last campaign, hitting the net 22 times, as the Cherries secured a 10th-placed finish.

On his move to Carrow Road Grabban told the club’s official website: “I’ve played here before and the atmosphere’s been great, the fans are great. It’s exciting to be a part of the club now and hopefully do well for them.”

City boss Neil Adams added: “I am delighted that Lewis has put pen to paper to become my first signing. He will provide pace, intelligent movement and a high work ethic to the front line, and of course he showed in the Championship last season that he is capable of scoring a variety of different goals.

“Lewis possesses precisely the type of attitude, application and quality that I expect from my players, and I am really looking forward to integrating him into the squad.”

Grabban started his career as a trainee at Crystal Palace, before loan spells to Oldham and Motherwell saw him secure a move to Millwall and later Brentford. A move to Rotherham was secured in July 2011, where he went on to make 47 appearances in all competitions and registered 21 strikes that season, before heading to Dean Court in the summer of 2012.

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  • Bazbox, I tried to change my posting name, but it seems once set up, the name is irrevocably "joined at the hip", Bowkett\Machianalli-style, to your e-mail address. As there are those that obviously post under more than one name, I assume you just need more than one e-mail address? Is it worth the bother? I wanted to be "Gek Brouwer", in honour of our short-lived penchant for Dutch players. It should be safe to use your real name, but there are some quite strange, Mad people out there in the ether.... One of the few brave\foolhardy enough to use his real name is good ol` Stew Pydsodd.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • Hangeland was released by email according to his interview 2 days ago. Fulham however claim it was because he refused to attend meetings with them. either way Im sure it was due to the extremely over the top wages they were paying him, which was agreed a few years back when the bigger teams came sniffing. At 32 hes spent far to long injured to justify the wages. Likely why Fulham have been keen to get rid.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • I think this is a very astute signing from Adams. I would now like the club to show a bit of resolve and use some of the parachute payments to convince Brede Hangeland to come and shore up our defence. The board dithered over an extra £0.5M for Curtis Davies and look what a storming season he had for Hull. Hangeland is a free agent and so its just wages that we need to fund ... him and Bassong would make an awesome partnership in the Championship

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    Lucioperca

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Ha! Yann Kermogant! Just dont let him take a penalty!!!

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    Mattias333

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Fair play - a useful signing, But the best player at Bournemouth is Yann Kermogant.

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    blue tractor

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • I requested that my name not be used on my comments but to substitute part of my email address as a prefix "bazbox"

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    Barrie Drake

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Please use prefix "bazbox" instead of Barrie Drake for my comment - At last - a proven striker , great chance to unload expensive flop Rip van Winkle and non-starter Becchio.

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    Barrie Drake

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Ineresting post from Deans Court. I have watched football there on several occasions and wish you well. Nice club. Re the signing I am very heartened by it because at last we have seen some action in the market and because he seems the kind of player we need up front. Providing Adams sets the team up well with a midfield that pushes on when we have the ball and with two pacy wingers (Redmond and Josh?) Grabbin should get the service he needs to score goals. Much rather see his type than a has-been from the Premiership because we need pace, commitment and dynamism. However where I do believe we need some experienced head is in central defence. For me the jury remains out on Johnson. He is a ball-winner but far too wayward in possession. As for Snodgrass - unless the latter can be accommodated in some central role perhaps playing behind a striker? If Adams insists on keeping him on the right wing then I would prefer to see him move on - for his own good as much as for Norwich's. I also hope RvW stays and proves himself, again given some service at last. Hooper much the same and why not Becchio as well? All three have made positive impressions with previous clubs.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Interestingly, (or not) I have rupophobia, a fear of rubbish or dirt. Which means I can't go near 1p5wich fans. I also have Theoklitosphobia

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    B Inners

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Wow, all these lupine comments suggesting a therianthropic hybrid. Hope he doesn't get a house just to the east of the A146 - Werewolves of Loddon.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Nice bit of Greek there, B.Inners! Like it. I suppose the Latin equivalent is lupusophobia? I suffer from pogonophobia, so I cannot bear beards. Specially little tidy ones, like Noel Edmonds. Or dodgy ones like Holf Rarris. Or itchy looking ones like Young Mike Bailiwick`s. Any, really. Though I was rather smitten by the Kenny Everett clone who won The Eurovision Scone Contest. Now that was hairy crumpet!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Hopefully we will see a plan emerge re the squad for next season. If RVW and Hooper are off, maybe Grabban playing off Becchio could be a real force in the championship. Still need to tighten the defence and bring in more ability to feed the strikers.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • …..What is now required now, is a goalscoring Goalkeeper!...Ruddy didn't score too many last season!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Well said happycanary I couldn't agree more! OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Well done hughfranklin & any others that have put a negative slant on what should be seen as a good signing. 'why have we wasted money on another striker that hasn't played in the premier'? Because we're now a Championship club & first priority is to score enough goals to get back out of it! Do you want to sign a premier league 'has been' who's on the way down in his carreer? A great signing NA & NCFC. Keep them coming

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    happycanary

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • According to the same Wiki page Grabban despite being born in England could play for Jamaica. We could be looking at the Jamaican front line should Loza & Grabban ever start together.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • That would be hard on Rickie if the wiki entry is true Mattias. Let's hope it's not because if we keep him then morale is going to be a big factor for him going forward. Having your number taken away is probably the worst kind of move...

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    Powers1902

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • oh I agree powers! Just assumed NCFC may use Surman to lower the cost of signing Grabban. Happy they have not let him go. Good sign hes part of next seasons plans :) On a side note I know its only wiki and people often type lies and such but if you go on Lewis Grabban's Wiki page, someones already updated it stating his Squad number for NCFC is no9! Poor Ricky.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • I don't see any reason why this should lead to a striker leaving. You need a minimum of 4 on your books in the Championship and with Elmander leaving we were one light. Becchio might get some more game time now given that we will be playing at his level (not prem class) and Hooper RVW might get a chance to show their ability with more progressive tactics. Loza makes up the set leaving us in good shape. I think that now is the time to get behind our strikers rather than constantly knocking them. I am more concerned about getting a new centre half to replace Basong Yobo.

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    Ellie

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Personally Mattias333 I hope Surman is part of Adams' plans. I really think he's good enough to get back in the side and make a difference. After letting Fox go, we're short on Championship-savvy players. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Ah the wonders of Twitter. Just noticed John Ruddy tweeted the following "Good to see us making strides to get straight back up, welcome to the club Lewis Grabban #goals #ncfc". Like the way he puts US. Dont see many players doing that. Good sign he will be here next season hopefully! Side note: Im assuming Surman is part of Adams plans then, other wise it wouldve made sense to include him in exchange to Bournemouth considering the fee is reported to be 3 million.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Why have we wasted money on a striker who hasn't played in the premier it shows no forethought, we have strikers we need players around them with the skills to provide them with good service, we need some decent midfielders, get rid of Johnson and the Leeds contingent they showed no or very little fight or skill last season, we need a midfield General who can run things a player that can hit a 40-50 yard pass who can put his foot on the ball and slow things down when needed or lead a fast counter attack we have no one of tha ilke.

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    hughfranklin666

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Looks good. Just the kind of signing we need. A statement of intent. Knows his way round the division with potential to step up.

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    suffolkcanary

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • LYB, I'm in Brussels 20 years now but love France and go on holiday there most years. Most likely Poitou-Charentes. Brussels to Nowich via the tunnel can take 6 hours. Manageable.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Watching the Norwich news on computer from our home in Spain. Wonder which strikers will now leave.

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    Barry from Spain

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • I'm sure he will be Grabban us some goals this season! Sorry I couldn't resist! :) OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • DJ_FRAMBOISE, you live abroad? Not France by any chance? If so which bit? I'm in the Gironde.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Chris Martin scored 25!!How much did we get for him?

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    harry mcardle

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Ha! Powers im most certainly stealing that one! Like it!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Good news.He will give our young wingers something to aim at by the looks of him.E.Bennett's return is as good as a new signing too.Seems like Neil still has a decision to make over Surman.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • LYB, PaulWho, I don't get to many matches living abroad but I did get to see one of Becchio's short cameos at the end of the season before in the demolition of WBA and Becchio showed in those few minutes what he is capable of with a sublime touch to provide Howsen with a goal. Whether with us or elsewhere he will show what a decent player he is and good luck to him. No-one deserves the cold shoulder he has been given for too long.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Last season the talk of the championship appearaned to be a relatively unknown danny ings surprising the league with the equally surprising burnley. Hopefully in a years time people will be talking about Grabban how people are about Ings. Fingers crossed. Positive transfer in my books either way. Good to see Neil is making his own mark before the Head of recruitment even arrives.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • We need to keep away from the hype, and name associated promo's it's just not us. Although 10 points to the person who correctly predicts which paperwebsite uses 'Norwich grab, Grabban.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Seriously though, I am very happy with this signing. More of the same please. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Hi, some facts about your signing. The facial hair is due to his religion. We are sad to see him leave us, your getting a hard working, quick with the ball at his feet, scores from most angles player. He does require a big target man to lay offset up with him. His only poor attribute is his heading, you will hardly see him challenge if it comes in the air. We look forward to welcoming you all (and Lewis) to Dean Court during the new season.

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    DeanCourt

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Good point Mattias333, I was just telling a mate of mine that I'm annoyed he hasn't scored yet! How long we had him now, ten, twenty minutes? :) OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • In connection to the RVW shocker of an advert I tweeted earlier that I hope NCFC dont go down the same route again and as I clicked the send button the club posted a picture of Grabban saying "26 yrs old, 1 goal every 2.3games, 22 goals in 44 games".....just shhhh NCFC! dont over hype because knowing our fans, if he now goes 2.4 games without a goal they will hound him out the club. ;)

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Excellent signing. A player with a huge work-rate, an eye for goal, pace and intelligent enough to forge good partnerships, as he did with Pitman in League One and Kermorgant in the Championship.

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    Colin

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Now to off load the heap that is RVW and play beechio more and get in one more striker and we will have a decent forward line for the championship

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    Jimmy Hupperby

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Morgan - I hope we've learnt our lesson there. Now let's never speak of that advert again.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • All things considered this is an excellent signing. It shows that we can attract the bigger names in the Championship and hopefully we'll know how to use them this season as well. Great start to our re-building. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • PaulWho, no fault of Becchio's that he didn't have to do much to get his wages. Even now, I'd like to see Becchio given a proper chance. We're excited here to see a 20 goal a season championship striker arrive to play for us in the Championship, while we've had a 20 goal in half a season Championship striker sitting on the bench the last year and a half.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • does anyone remember that toe-curling bad advert for last seasons kit that had Winkel in it and it read "beware of the big bad wolf"? hopefully they won't do this to Grabban - it's a bit like tempting fate

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    Morgan Hewitt

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • I agree with MH regarding the facial hair. He looks like he's in the early stages of lycanthropia. Let's all hope he doesn't turn in to a wolf.

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    B Inners

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • I'm sure Becchio was REALLY in tears every time he saw Premier League wages going into his bank account for very little return to the club!

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    PaulWho

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • What I'm most encouraged about is that it further evidence of how we are intending to set up next season. Hard work rate up the pitch and with pace. Having Adams as manager doesn't seem to have put off one of the highest scorers in the Championship, and hopefully that will calm a few nerves among the faithful as well. Happy Canarying today everyone.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Maybe the club will now let Luciano Becchio go to a club where he has a chance to further his career. I do not know why we did not let him go before as it was obvious that his career was going nowhere with us.

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    sad canary

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Good signing but still need some good solid defenders.

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    Randy

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • The fee is undisclosed but according to the Bournemouth Echo website Cardiff had an offer accepted a few weeks ago because it triggered a 3million release clause? Wonder why he didnt go to Cardiff. Did he reject them (who would blame him!) or did they choose other targets.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • not sure about that questionable facial hair - but here's to his goal scoring ability! hooray! otbc

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    Morgan Hewitt

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Yep, we are on the move. As Lordy says, someone must on their way though.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Good to sign someone else with a pace, more of the same please. Regarding the defence, we will recruit for sure, but what we have is already of a high standard in this division. Scoring goals is the priority.

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    Crazy

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Excellent! Let's go!

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    Brycland

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • We are off and running! Hopefully start of more positive news.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • All in good time, lordyfan. At least\at last there are signs of life at Carra.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Why was that blocked?? Only said `looks a sound signing, I wonder if Surman`s coming back`. (Précis)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Well, he has a proven track record in the Champ, so looks a sound signing. I wonder if Surs will be staying at Dean Court now? I`d guess he`s happy on his native South Coast, though he could still be a good squad player for Norwich. Time will tell.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • yet another striker....who will make way for him?. my money is on becchiflop....bolster the back ffs.

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    lordyfan

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • A good addition to the team. It will be good to see the likes of Grabbin, Redmond, Murphy(s) etc. getting game time next season together. Along with the more senior players, could be a really good team to give a first season bounce back a real go.

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    Mellow Johnny

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

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