Audio: Vaughan has big future with Norwich City - Lambert
PUBLISHED: 10:15 01 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:18 01 June 2011
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James Vaughan's Premier League experience will be a big asset for his new club next season, according to Canaries boss Paul Lambert.
The 22-year-old was at one time the top flight’s youngest ever player and scorer – he still holds the latter record – and with 60 Toffees appearances under his belt Lambert is glad his chase, which started with talks over a loan deal at the start of the year, have finally paid off.
“We looked at it in January and we couldn’t do it, so we just had to move on and we were fortunate enough to get a second chance at him,” said Lambert.
“I think the great thing about him is he has played at Premiership level before, he knows what it is all about, he is only 22 and hopefully his best years are in front of him.
“That is the beauty about him – he has done it at that level, he knows what it is, he just has to be consistent with it and find a club he is consistently happy at and be here a few years.
“Everton has been his life really since he was six, and only being 22 years of age he has come to a new place and new surroundings which will be great for him.”
Lambert has a shopping list of around seven players and wants them in place before the squad returns to training in early July.
The rumour mill continues to link City with all shapes and sizes of players, but one name that will not go away is that of Millwall’s Wales striker Steve Morison.
The player stated on Friday the Lions had turned down two bids for his services from Norwich, as well as his transfer request.
And yesterday reports in south London suggested the Canaries had seen a third bid – said to be £1.8m plus modest add-ons – rejected for the 27-year-old.
Lambert added: “I never knew (Morison had a transfer request rejected) until the other day, that the lad himself said something. Until they come in there is no point in me speaking about it.
“I never read much into rumours or speculation – until they actually come through the door and we have got them that’s the time to comment on it, but it is like the Miroslav Klose rumour. That was just ridiculous that.
“Until they come in the door that is when I will speak about it.”
Lions chief executive Andy Ambler said: “Our valuation and Norwich’s are very different.”
James Vaughan press conference