Everton's Vaughan the first of many for Norwich City
PUBLISHED: 12:25 28 May 2011 | UPDATED: 12:34 28 May 2011
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Striker James Vaughan has been revealed as the first of Norwich City's secret seven - after signing from Everton on a three-year deal.
With manager Paul Lambert keen to recruit seven new faces for the Premier League campaign, the 22-year-old became the first addition to his promotion-winning squad yesterday for an undisclosed fee, believed to be at least £1.5m.
The deal, just awaiting completion of the relevant paperwork, was announced on a day when the Canaries were also reported to have made a second attempt to sign Millwall and Wales striker Steve Morison.
Vaughan was at Everton’s academy from the age of nine and was at one time their youngest ever player, breaking Joe Royle’s record by 11 days. He remains the Premier League’s youngest goalscorer after netting as a 16-year-old on his debut in a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace back in 2005, breaking the record previously held by James Milner and, prior to that, Wayne Rooney, when he was an Everton player.
The Birmingham-born striker had two loan spells at Palace last season, scoring nine times in 30 Championship appearances, including a hat-trick against Portsmouth, and played in both matches against the Canaries.
Vaughan, who had one year of his current Everton deal to run, will join up with former Goodison Park team-mate John Ruddy at Carrow Road.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Vaughan. “I’m really happy to get it done so early in the summer. I’m already looking forward to getting back into training. That’s what I wanted all along, to get it done and make sure I got a full pre-season. I can look forward to the season ahead now.”
Vaughan was not available for media interviews but told the club’s official website: “I was very impressed with Norwich last season. Getting promoted two seasons in a row isn’t easy and a lot of credit has to go to the team for doing that. I went out to Palace last year to play some games and do the best that I could for Palace. I really enjoyed my time there.
“Of course it was hard to leave Everton. I’ve been there since I was six and have always been there but now it was time for me to move on and try and get some games elsewhere.”
Vaughan scored nine times in 60 appearances for Everton, but only 11 of those were starts. A knee ligament problem suffered on England Under-18 duty was among a string of injuries to hinder his progress.
He also had loan spells at Derby and Leicester, and was linked with Celtic and Derby before the Canaries agreed the deal.
Vaughan has agreed personal terms and passed a medical and the paperwork was awaiting final approval last night from the Football Association, the FA Premier League and the Football League.
Lambert said of his first summer capture: “He’s someone who fits in with the group in the sense that he’s hungry to do well and has great desire.
“He’s already shown great potential as a young player with Everton and when I have seen him playing for them and for Crystal Palace I have always thought he was a threat in and around the box. I think James will be fantastic for us and provide extra competition for places, which is always good to have.”
City’s renewed interest in Morison emerged yesterday when it was revealed the 27-year-old had handed in a transfer request at Millwall.
The Lions are reported to have rejected a fresh approach from Norwich following a bid of around £2m back in January.
Morison – on duty for Wales last night in the Carling Nations Cup against Northern Ireland – agreed a new deal in February to remain at Millwall until 2013.
But Millwall issued a statement yesterday, confirming Morison had submitted a formal transfer request, which the club have rejected.