City sign Chelsea midfielder on loan

PUBLISHED: 13:05 19 July 2007 | UPDATED: 10:24 14 September 2010

Norwich have signed 20-year-old Chelsea attacking midfileder Jimmy Smith on loan until the end of December.

Norwich have signed 20-year-old Chelsea attacking midfileder Jimmy Smith on loan until the end of December.

Smith was also loaned to QPR last year and has been an England U19 international and Chelsea reserve's captain.

Smith progressed through the youth ranks at Stamford Bridge but has made just one substitute appearance for Jose Mourinho's side - coming in the final game two season's ago against Newcastle in the Premiership.

While on loan at QPR he scored six goals in 22 starts - including one in the 3-3 draw with Norwich last October.

Grant told the Canaries' official websites that he was delighted to secure his services.

"I was sat in the stands at QPR when he scored that goal," he said. "But I had seen him play prior to that as I had seen a lot of games when I was at West Ham. He was a young kid at Chelsea coming through the reserve team and each time I saw him he seemed to have developed as a player.

"He likes to push up into the opposition box and it gives us a different mix. He got six goals in about 20 games for QPR last season and for someone to come from reserve team football into the Championship he's done very well.

"We are very pleased to have got him because there were two other Championship clubs that wanted him and we are pleased he has chosen us."

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