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Huddersfield Town's Anthony Pilkington set to seal Norwich City deal

HUDDERSFIELD Town's Anthony Pilkington is tonight on the verge of sealing a deal with Premiership new boys Norwich City.

Anthony Pilkington

HUDDERSFIELD Town's Anthony Pilkington is tonight on the verge of sealing a deal with Premiership new boys Norwich City.

He is set to sign for the Norfolk club on a three-year deal, with a further one-year option following the completion of his medical and the move is now just subject to paperwork being completed.

Neither side have disclosed the value of the deal, which is believed to be worth around £3m with add ons - but Town chairman Dean Hoyle said it could be the best in Town's history.

Pilkington, who joined Town in January 2009, last week told the chairman that he wanted to leave the club where he made 107 appearances and netted 25 times.

The player, 23, had been injured since March this year when he broke a leg in a League I game against Rochdale at the Galpharm.

Norwich manager Paul Lambert said he was delighted to welcome the winger to Carrow Road and said he believed Pilkington would be a 'big player' for them.

Pilkington said: "I think it's been in the pipeline for about a week or so now and I'm absolutely delighted to make the move having passed my medical.

"It's great to get down here, I met all the lads today and met the gaffer so yes I'm absolutely delighted. Paul just told me to go and relish playing in the Premier League. He's played at the highest level and he's been a massive part of this club for the two years he has been here.

"The Premier League is the best league in the world. When you're a boy you dream of playing in it one day. It's great to see the club is on the up and we'll be fighting tooth and nail to stay in the Premier League."

Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark said he was sad to see the back of the player.

He added: "I'm obviously very sad to see Anthony go, as you become a good manager by having good players - and he is very good.

"However, from day one of his arrival at this club I stated that he had the potential to play in the Premier League and we knew that this day might come.

"To be fair to Anthony, I don't believe he would have left the club to go to a Championship club. He has absolutely loved his time here and only the opportunity to play at the highest level has triggered his decision to leave.

"I have a mixture of sadness and pride over his transfer, but I believe he will be a success at Norwich. He is a fantastic lad and has done very well for this club - right until the end, when he has been fair by the club by letting us get the best possible deal."

Town chairman Dean Hoyle said despite moving on, the winger was a friend of the club and Hoyle said he would be cheering Pilkington on in the future.

He added: "We did not need to sell Anthony for financial reasons but at the same time we did not want to stand in his way.

"We have secured the deal we wanted.

"It is a multi-million pound deal which could easily prove the best in the club's history."

 

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