Tony Andreu signs for League Two side Coventry City after reaching mutual agreement to cancel his Norwich City contract
PUBLISHED: 17:08 10 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:46 10 August 2017
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Out-of-favour French forward Tony Andreu has left Norwich City by mutual consent and signed for League Two side Coventry City.
The Coventry Telegraph had earlier been reporting that the 29-year-old had agreed to join the Sky Blues on loan and that he could sign in time to make his debut against Grimsby Town this weekend.
That was followed by Norwich announcing that Andreu’s contract, which was due to expire at the end of the season, had been terminated early and Coventry then confirmed he has signed a two-year deal with them.
Coventry boss, former Norwich striker Mark Robins, spoke to his club’s website about the signing, saying: “I am delighted we have managed to get the signing of Tony over the line, it seems like we have been waiting a long time.
“He is a player that has been on our radar for a while and he is also familiar with some of the playing squad already having played alongside Marc McNulty in Scotland.
“I believe the supporters will like him. He is a goal-scoring number 10 and a versatile attacking player that can play anywhere along the forward line.”
Several clubs had been monitoring Andreu after the player was told he was not part of City head coach Daniel Farke’s plans, training with the under-23 squad during pre-season.
Oxford United were reportedly interested in the former Moncao man, who spent last season on loan at Dundee United where he scored 13 goals in 31 appearances in the Scottish Championship.
Andreu was Alex Neil’s first signing as manager at Norwich when he followed the Scot from Hamilton for a deal reported to be in the region of £1m in January 2015.
Andreu hit an impressive 25 goals in 58 league games for Hamilton to earn him a move south of the border. However, he has made just eight appearances for the Canaries and was surplus to requirements at Carrow Road.
His only start came in a League Cup second round game against Coventry at the start of last season, which Norwich won 6-1, and he also spent time on loan at Rotherham during the 2015-16 season when he scored two goals in 11 Championship games.