Norwich City have signed midfielder Jonny Howson from Championship club Leeds United on a three-and-a-half year deal.

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The 23-year-old is City’s first signing of the January transfer window after the clubs revealed last week a transfer fee had been agreed.

City boss Paul Lambert confirmed on Friday morning that Howson was in Norfolk to undergo a medical after agreeing personal terms to join the Canaries.

Howson is currently sidelined with a knee injury that has kept him out since early December - but Lambert insisted that is not a concern.

Lambert said: “I know the extent of it (the injury). He is doing really fine at the minute and I have no worries on that. His rehab has gone really well and I don’t think he is too far away, which is pleasing. He has to be sure in his own head when he is totally fit and if he is, then we’ll look to get him involved.

“I think he has been brilliant for them and being the captain of that football club, where the demands are so high, to be captain at such a young age he certainly knows what he is doing. I just think he’ll add goals to the midfield - which I think we need - he can do that. He’ll get better as a player going up a higher level.”

Meanwhile, Leeds counterpart Simon Grayson told his club’s official site on Friday lunchtime. “I spoke with Jonny when the offer came in and he’s always made it clear he wants to play Premier League football. He wanted to do that here, and while it’s what we’re striving for we can’t guarantee that. An offer has come in from a club who is in the Premier League and now he has the chance to play Premier League football as soon as he is fit again.

“It’s a good decision from our point of view because we’ve agreed a good deal a player who is currently unavailable through injury, who has six months remaining on his contract, and who could have left in the summer for nothing. That money will go into what we are trying to do here in terms of adding to my squad, and Jonny will go with the best wishes and thanks of everyone connected with the club.”

Jonny Howson told Leeds United’s official website: “Decision-wise, this is the biggest decision I’ve had to make in my life.

“There’s so many things I’ve had to look at and think about. I found out on Tuesday morning about the bid and spoke to the gaffer, and it’s been a mad week. Decision-wise it’s been so tough.

“The reason is Premier League. I am going to a very good club with good support, but at the same time I know I’m leaving a club I’ve loved from being such a young boy. That’s not going to change. The hardest thing was leaving somewhere I’ve been from six or seven years of age, and it’s been hard.

“It’s been a massive part of my life, but this is a great chance for me. This is the sort of chance that doesn’t come around that often and it’s a chance I feel I have to take while it’s there. This is a great chance for me because you can’t guarantee anything in football and when you get a chance like this you have to make the most of it.”

“It’s been no secret that my ambition is to play in the Premiership and that’s why we never got round to sorting the contract because we don’t know where Leeds United are going to be and I wanted to give myself a chance of playing in the Premiership,” he explained.

“I can understand why the club has sold me now because it’s better to get something now than at the end of the season. I’m going to a great club, they are flying high, doing ever so well, and they have a great team that we’ve been close to here over the past couple of seasons, and they have a great manager as well.”

“It makes it harder because when you see a reaction like that you realise you mean something to them, and you don’t always realise,” said Jonny.

“I was the club captain and from the area, but it was me that was still wanting to play in the Premiership and from the club’s point of view I would have done the same thing if I was in their shoes.

“It was a case of getting something a few months before rather than nothing at all in the summer and if you look at it that way, rather than ‘homegrown lad who was captain’ you understand it more.”

“The past few games, from what I’ve heard, they haven’t been playing well but it shows signs of a good side who can pick up points when not playing well,” said Jonny.

“It’s seven points from nine now without playing well so it’s not bad. With regards to getting promoted, I think they can.

“Everyone involved with the club wants to get there. I believe they can, they have some terrific, talented players, and in this league if you can put a run together you can get out of it, but it is tough at the same time. I really hope they can get out of this league.

“Everyone at Leeds is wanting Premier League football. I know how much the players and the staff want it, but you can’t guarantee that. The ambition is always here at this club, but as I’ve said it’s not guaranteed.”

21 comments

  • I was starting to wonder if it would happen. Lambert has said some very positive things about him and clearly rates him highly. Lets hope he produces. We could do with a boost during that tough run in. OTBC

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

  • And a table is male in Germany and female in France, so what happens if one floats across the Rhine from Weil am Rhein in Germany to Huningue in France. Oh, that's got to hurt.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

  • Brilliant MB! Perhaps you've inadvertantly hit on the way past Die GrossKontrolleren - maybe their checking engine doesn't respond to the Deutschspreche! Also, it's unlikely that the Red Stooge understands anything other than Suffolk English!

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    The Crab

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

  • It will be good to get him fit and playing a part. Looks like a sound investment for the future. Lambert must be thinking of next season and I am sure he will be looking beyond our current 9th place next term.

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

  • He looks like the business to me. My argument has been that most of our reverses this season have come as a result of not being able to hold the midfield and that was where we need to invest. The problem was finding the right player with our meager budget. I think that this is an inspired deal as long as the second opinion on his knee holds good. At least it was not as serious as poor Mr Vaughan's injury.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

  • Once read an article that you could tell it was transfer time because Adebayo Akinfenwa was on the move. No disrespect but I hope we don't get him.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

  • Blimey - It's a sign of the times that Leeds United has become a feeder club for Norwich. Never thought I was going to see that happen or in such a short space of time !

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    Raymondo

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

  • And a table is male in Germany and female in France, so what happens if one floats across the Rhine from Weil am Rhein in Germany to Huningue in France. Oh, that's got to hurt.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

  • Schwarzhundzwei, bitte sprech auf nicht der Dummkopf oder die Bloedsinnege. An der Ball, Stadt! Await corrections of grammar and idiom. Wiesohn a good signing. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

  • Surely not, could this here Brewer chap be the steroo in disguise?

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

  • We need to get him involved ASAP. We need to make hay while the sun shines in the next month or so. I'm not liking the look of that Man City, Liverpool, Villa home run in. Some aggressive ball winning + a goal or 3 ASAP please Mr. Howson.

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

  • I agree entirely Swiss. We have been overrun at times in midfield. The second half on Saturday was a case in point. It is always going to be difficult to compete with the big boys in that area, but hopefully this will add some strength there for us. A canary mate of mine who lives in Leeds rates him pretty highly. Personally, I trust Lamberts judgement. Him and his team have an eye for dpotting a player who can do a job. OTBC

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

  • I have seen Howson severial times for Leeds - both home and away - and he will be a major influence in the Premiership - a wonderful signing - a top 10 finish for the mighty Yellows now a real possibility

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    Tod White

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

  • Blimey - It's a sign of the times that Leeds United has become a feeder club for Norwich. Never thought I was going to see that happen or in such a short space of time !

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    Raymondo

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

  • schwartzhund, das ist grausam! Ich bin der wahnsinnig Brauer. Nicht die Legende. Funny "legend" is feminine in German, isn`t it? Swiss, can you imagine Ringo Starr singing Yellow Submarine in German? Bad enough in Scouse! Unterseeboot! blackdog now thinks I`m Stooge!! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

  • I give up Wurst & Swiss. It`s hard work trying to correspond with intelligent folk like you two when die Grosskontrolleren repeatedly say "Nein". OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

  • Sehr gut Herr Brewer und Herr Swiss. As a Frankurt based NCFC fan, glad to see the Deutsch influence on the EDP forum. Wiesohn could complement Fuchs in mittelfeld nicely. My one Jan transfer wish was cover for and an alternative to Wes and looks like we've got it. The Wiesohn showreels on YouTube are poor quality vids, but there's no mistaking the quality of his finishing.

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    Canary Wurst

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

  • Snodgrass next then????

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    gates1664

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

  • Still chuckling at your translation of "How" "Son" Brewer, pure genius. Up there with my friend (and QPR fan) Ian Wheals "Wir wohnen zuzamen in einem gelben U-boot"

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

  • All positive comments which is only possible due to Ged Steroo having gone missing, oh I wish he would hurry back as something is missing from the daily postings!!!!!!! UGH!!!!!!

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

  • It must be easier signing quality, ambitious players like Howson when we're 9th in the Premier League than if we were struggling near the bottom.

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    Tony H

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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