Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has clinched his first Carrow Road signing and is reported to be lining up a second.

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Hughton snapped up Scotland defender Steven Whittaker over the weekend and it’s believed he is close to capturing the signature of out-of-contract Jacob Butterfield from Barnsley.

Whittaker, 28, was a free agent having rejected the transfer of his contract to the newco Rangers, following the Glasgow club’s takeover.

The 6ft 1ins Edinburgh-born defender, who has mostly played at right-back, has signed a four-year deal with the Canaries, subject to international clearance.

Whittaker, who has picked up 15 Scotland caps, enjoyed a successful five years at Ibrox following a £2m move from Hibernian, winning Scottish Premier League titles, Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups.

Canaries manager Hughton said: “In Steven we have a player who is very versatile – he can play anywhere across the back four and anywhere across midfield, so there’s plenty of versatility there.

“It’s probably a good time for him. Sometimes it is time to move on to a different club and go there with a lot of enthusiasm and he has international experience too.

“He has of course been used to playing at a very high level when he was at Rangers and in a lot of big games with a passionate crowd behind him.

“So the stage of the Premier League is certainly one that won’t faze him with his experience.”

Whittaker, who also appeared in Rangers’ 2008 UEFA Cup final defeat by Zenit St Petersburg, said: “All of my experience to date has been in Scotland so I am really looking forward to the challenge of playing in the Premier League, I’m very excited about it.

“When I spoke to Chris Hughton I was very impressed with his plans to progress Norwich City and everyone I’ve spoken to in the game has had nothing but praise for the club and the city of Norwich.

“I know Simon Lappin from a few years back and of course I know Russell Martin from Scotland and I am looking forward to meeting up with the squad and the staff.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Butterfield was reportedly set to announce where his future lies today.

The 22-year-old, who has been sidelined with a knee injury since New Year’s Eve, has been the subject of intense transfer speculation due to his contract running out at the end of June and while a new deal offered by Barnsley remained unsigned on the table.

He has been linked with a host of clubs including Newcastle, Sunderland, Everton and Reading, while there have also been reports in recent days that he could sign a new contract at Oakwell after being impressed with manager Keith Hill’s summer recruits.

Reports now suggest, however, that looks like not being the case with Norwich manager Hughton set to pounce for the England Under-21 international who is now a free agent.

Hughton saw the qualities of Butterfield first hand last season when he scored against his then Birmingham City side in a 1-1 draw at St Andrews in September.

The Canaries will be forced to pay some sort of compensation fee as Butterfield is under the age of 24.

53 comments

  • I think they`ll be fine. I`ve seen a couple of Whittaker`s spectacular goals on You Tube. One left footed, one right. Piledrivers, the both. Hopefully JB is in the Howson mould a bit? Anyway, not all quite done & dusted yet, until compo is agreed for JB and the dust settles on the Sevco front. Be good to know the outcome of the Horse-wrangling sometime. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • Cutty, beer`s long been mega expensive in Scandinavia. Not affjordable? A colleague brought me back a 33cl bottle of beer from the European Brewing Convention in Stockholm about 20 years ago. It cost the equivalent of £4!! Hotel price, I reckon. There was a Norwegian "real ale" on offer at a recent JDWetherspoon beer festival but it tasted of pipe cleaning detergent! Ref Butterfield, Barnsley will be due compo because of his age and Barnsley youth background, I guess. There`s bound to be haggling over the amount; Yorkshire v McGnarly. Apparently, 50pence pieces were made that shape so you could use a spanner to get them out of a Yorkshireman`s hand. Factoid. ;-) BTW, Swiss, I just found a bit on Wikipedia ref Holman`s pre-nuptial agreement. So it may be true!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • As we are a club that has pledged to stay within budget I have little sympathy for those who overstretch or mismanage their resources. However as a fan of football it is sad when a club that has had such a long history is forced to bicker and squabble over scraps of contract that may or may not been binding. The fans lose out in the end, the businessmen just walk away. Rangers’ second string should be more than good enough to take Scottish One by storm and losing a few highly paid players may not be such a bad thing. As for us I hope we are building a squad and not just collecting individual players

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    Pondlife

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • so, this europe-wide player search now goes to the socialist republic of south yorkshire!!...maybe the lad has had a foreign holiday!

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    lordyfan

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • "Are you sure your not in Div one ! " Basic spelling and punctation errors a child would be ashamed of. billytheolympicbooke, are you sure you're not in primary school?

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    Red Rooster

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • I must confess to knowing nothing about Jacob Butterfield. Is he any good?

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    CovCanary

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Well, Leon Best is out of the equation. Just signed for Blackburn for 3m.

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    zebbee

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • It seems that I was wrong re: JB not costing anything in terms of transfer fee. Sky Sports are reporting that Barnsley have rejected a compensation offer from Norwich. But it looks like the lad is probably heading to sunny Norfolk.

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    CovCanary

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • Come on! Don't feed the troll! You're giving it the attention it so desperately seeks. Trolls are nothing without attention. They shrivel up and expose themselves for the sad individuals they really are.

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Zeebee, if the contracts were breached then there could be compensation and at worst a charge of fielding an illegal player leading to a fine and points deduction. However, The Scottish PFA announced that Charles Green et al agreed that that the TUPE Regulations 2006 applied to the players’ contracts of employment in the transfer from Rangers FC to a newco. That gives them the right to leave if they want to. I think that makes the move safe, especially as the problems for the newco Rangers to even find a league to play in are getting worse.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • Because he is young, you can't get him on a completely free Bosman. It is settled by compensation often at tribunal. As for those complaiing about the signings being disappointing, maybe you know more about them than I do, but let's wait and see how they do. IHWT

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • I think it would be a mighty gamble to take on a player who is looking to be out of action for as long as Butterfield is. Howson may have been injured but he was close to returning when he joined in January. A mighty signing it would be though if the gamble paid off!

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    wisemanthree

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • To all Rangers fans who want to whinge about ex players, do I hear the sound of chickens coming home to roost. The players took a massive pay cut to help the club, so the club was already in breach of contract. The new guy was wanting them to carry on with the new company at the reduced rate, extracting the urine or what? Instead of moaning about young men trying to make a living how about you look at who is really to blame? I think the management over the last 20 years has a lot to answer for. It must take REAL talent to bankrupt a club with the potential turnover of Rangers.

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Let's just cut to the chase and put in a job-lot bid for the entire Scotland squad. We already have two of them and 20 million should cover the rest, discount for volume, etc.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Sounds almost as good as GH closing his Twitter account. Things are happening now, interesting to note that so far PL has been shopping in The Netherlands and splashed out on midfielders Australian Brett Holman and Karim El Ahmadi who seems like a Wes-type play-maker.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • Jacob Butterfield, even when injured, has been heavily pursued by Newcastle with others in tow. That we seemed to have popped in quickly is putting a lie to the complaints about inaction during CH's holiday. The ruptured cruciate ligament injury is a bad one, but these days is repaired by surgery that was not available when I did mine 27 years ago. The downside is long-term degeneration of the joint, 6 months out is a minimum. He is an attacking midfielder with a lot of flair but apparently not yet the finished article, sounds a bit like Henri Lansbury, who I still like BTW!

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Am I alone in feeling that these are 2 dissapointing signings ?????

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    gantyboy

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • Isn't it the guys with the blue donkey logo on their shirts who are rushing towards Div One ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Breaking news!! Sky are reporting on their Transfer News site that Holt has signed a new three year deal. Nothing on any of the other sites though.

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • bettingmensi, I am a distant Rangers supporter, or was, as I believe Rangers as a club no longer exists. The Rangers is a new entity. Who else feels they have already read most of this article once before?

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    Soglio Star

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • ethered ... bettingmensi - Rangers FC no longer exists, which as a distant supporter, saddens me. The Rangers is a new - different - company, but with the old club's fixed assets. JB is a half decent player, with the hunger and drive to succeed as other recent City acquisitions have.

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    Soglio Star

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • I vote our next gamble is Swiss. Despite his dodgey cruciate ligament I think he'd make an ideal replacement for the Holtmeister....

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    Timbo

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • If 'cheaper options' is taken as meaning less widely known about then it's a policy which has served us very well to get us to where we are! To push on we of course need to gradually add higher profile, quality players over time but going for 'tried and tested players' doesn't seem to do the likes of QPR much good and I much prefer the way we've gone about it. I do think an experienced, tried and tested centre half could be useful though! Along with further hungry players, including Jordan Rhodes ideally.

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    Tartan Canary

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Nice of city to wait until I got back from Norway before making the first signing and I add my seal of approval. Brew I was going to give you a report on the Tromso brewery but with beer at £10 a pint I chicken out.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • As a Rangers fan, I'd like to wish Steven Whittaker all the best at his new club. I'd like to, but I can't. He has walked out on my club when we needed him and his colleagues most and that's something we will not forget. But I'm sure his massive signing on fee will help him sleep at night. He claims to be have been won over by the chance to play in europe (well, I suppose, England is in europe?) and the chance to win trophies?

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    bettingmensi

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Yes good point Doc. Gers ave attandance last season was 46,000. City's was just under 27,000. We have around 10 branches for exiled supporters, mainly in the UK. Gers have about 60 branches, all over the world. For a club our size to be poaching players from a club their size is inexcusable, as far as Rangers management are concerned. I'd be unhappy too if I supported them ! PS: Oh by the way Betting- we are regarded as the "Catholic club" of East Anglia as well (did you spot the yellow + green ??................)..

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    Timbo

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Gantyboy, time will tell but they won't cost anything in terms of a transfer fee so at least we are not throwing copious amounts of money away. SW may not have played in one of Europe' s big leagues but he is still an experienced defender, who can score goals incidentally. In one season he scored 11. That and his versatility will be good for the team. From what I can gather re: JB, he is another potential for the future but NCFC have been signing these types of players for 3 years now and we haven't exactly done badly, have we? It's still early days and CH still has all the money he was allocated to spend. We will see.

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    CovCanary

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • Ethered. Gist. Whittaker plays for us in PL - perhaps scoring a winner - then ruling made he's still a Rangers Newco player. What then.....?

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    zebbee

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • You are probably right there Brewer and I also wonder what is happening with Zak. All we have heard so far was that he he needed his driving license to look for work.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • Blackdog Smith & Lappin to become full backs. Six man midfield. Sorted!

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • It is not his fault that Rangers are in a mess, he has taken the opportunity of playing for a big club. OTBC.

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    Horatio

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has joined the chase for prolific FC Copenhagen striker Dame N'Doye after giving up on Grant Holt......

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • Jordan Rhodes must be worth casting an eye over Chris.

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Come on! Don't feed the troll! You're giving it the attention it so desperately seeks. Trolls are nothing without attention. They shrivel up and expose themselves for the sad individuals they really are.

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Well all I can say is Hughton seems to have a few aces up his sleeves. I sensed we would be in for some surprises. Whittaker sounds a very good addition to the squad and if as "rumoured" Butterfield signs that's a second classy capture in my book!! And if we are able to snap up quality players on "free" transfers then that is terrific business management. Appointing Hughton has been a brilliant achievement!! Well done McNally. OTBC

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    Canarygirl

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • KA, Jonny Howson signed for us straight after a long term injury but he has looked good since he started playing again so hopefully Butterfield's injury won't be a problem (if he signs!)

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    CovCanary

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Leon Best's medical at Blackburn must have missed the bit about having his head examined.......

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    Cannock Canary

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Why is it we always go for cheaper options ? Where are the tried and tested players,and why is there no news on holty ??????

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    nelly

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Nice to see you keep up with times Billy - Div One doesn't exist anymore!! NCFC were the last team to win Div One in 2004. Next you'll be saying we'll get knocked out of the Milk Cup in the 1st Round (This is sarcasm Billy, NCFC don't actually play in the 1st Round) Now go away and crawl under the trolling rock you came out from......

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    becclesboy

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Good reports about Jacob on various websites, plus to gain U-21recognition with a club like Barnsley (no disrespect), suggests he must have some quality. Bit concerned about him being sidelined since the beginning of the year with knee injury (crusciate). Remember similar issues with James Vaughan last season and he was missing for most of the season. Anyway, I am sure this will be well checked out.

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    Kent Anglian

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Well Yaks do come from China and the Championship is probably Leon's Best bet. The remains of the dodgy cruciate were removed last October so even kick-ball with the nephews in the garden runs the risk of major injury. The squad is developing but I am waiting for something a bit more headline-grabbing, the endgame to the Holt story and an update on Mad Marc's pesky groin.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Good point, blackdog2. I wonder if CH might go for the Spanish Way-no forwards, just lots of attacking midfielders! I suspect Andrew Crofts may leave, though he has 1 year left on his contract. He didn`t see that much action last season. Lappin likewise, maybe. I like both players but something has to give. Johnson hasn`t been here long and Fox has a new year on his contract, so you`d think those two will be staying. Lapps, of course, is quite capable of holding down the left back spot. I wonder what`s happening with Mad Marc?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • And Yakubu has gone to China?!?

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    wisemanthree

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Sorry to nick your player "betting", but that's what happens when you're down. People have done it to us in the past. (In fact you may have noticed someone's just stolen our manager!). Probly won't win any trophies with us next season ( maybe fair play award). After that, who knows?

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    Timbo

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Swiss, do you really think that the Scottish national team could survive in the Prem ? Even if they did, the post match interviews would be a nightmare ! We'd be better off with the Zambian national team - at least we'd have a chance of understanding what they were saying.

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • Assuming Butterfield does come south he is obviously one for the future but isn't the midfield dept., getting a bit crowded? Where does Fox, Crofts and Johnson fit in?

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • Interesting alleged quote from Butterfield in the Star - "“There should be some developments over the next few days but I can’t go into any details at the moment.” Algarve probably spot on then, announcement soon? THERE on his

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    zebbee

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Not sure what you are expecting gantyboy. This is Norwich City, not Manchester City, built on British boys playing as a team. There are already too many sub-par European players in the England. Just look at the lower level clubs.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • Agreed Dubai. For the last 3 years the club has bought mainly players in their early 20s with potential and it has worked brilliantly. Buying players like Rhodes will keep up this trend and he looks like he could do well.

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    CovCanary

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Problem is Tartan that "tried and tested" players often demand inflated fees andor wages. Apart from goalkeepers there seems to be a dearth of our own talent comng through which is disappointing as we end up buying expensive squad palyers to sit on the bench hwrere in the past he likes of Chrtis Martin and Korey Smith have at least had opportunities.

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • Are you sure your not in Div one !

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    billytheolympicbookie

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Swiss, I read somewhere that Brett Holman entered into a pre-contract agreement with Villa back in March. So PL could not have been behind that one. Or could he......? City seemed to lose direction a bit in March, only 1 win in 5. I wonder where Zak is bound? Spurs, maybe? Or can we have him back, please? Ref. Erpingham`s comments on British players, I agree. It`s the way forward for our domestic leagues in the long term.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • My information is that Butterfield was more or less a done deal on Saturday. I'm told he is a box to box midfielder similar to Bradley Johnson. Once this one is in the bag, let's sort out the Holt drama. Rumour is that West ham have pulled the plug???? THEN, get down to the real task....Jordon Rhodes!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Monday, July 2, 2012

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