Strihavka agrees City deal - report
PUBLISHED: 12:20 05 July 2007 | UPDATED: 10:22 14 September 2010
Czech striker David Strihavka looks set to become Norwich City's sixth summer signing. A report on Banik Ostrava's official website says he has agreed a four-year contract with the Canaries, but that the two clubs have yet to agree a fee. Norwich have confirmed interest in the striker.
Czech striker David Strihavka looks set to become Norwich City's sixth summer signing.
A report on Banik Ostrava's official website says he has agreed a four-year contract with the Canaries, but that the two clubs have yet to agree a fee.
“We have been informed that David has agreed terms with the club. Now we need to come to an agreement with Norwich ourselves,” said Banik chairman Jakub Kahoun.
The report claims there is a buy-out clause whereby 24-year-old Strihavka can move if a certain asking price is met.
Strihavka himself is quoted as saying: “I'm shattered, it was a real marathon. I flew into London on Tuesday morning, then travelled up to Norwich and had a medical that seemed to go on for ever. I got to the hotel at two in the morning and we were still discussing a possible contract at three.
“When I got to the stadium, it all fell into place - a fantastic, 26,000-capacity arena, wonderful surroundings and pleasant people who lived up to my expectations. I spoke to the manager, who had been assistant manager at West Ham, they told me they'd bought two lads and a goalkeeper from Celtic and that they wanted promotion to the Premier League. It was too good to refuse.
“In the end I was swayed by the fact that the offer came from England, even if it is the second league. It's an enormous opportunity, and I take it as a challenge.
“A weight has been lifted from my shoulders now that everything going on around me has been sorted out and I can just concentrate on football. In England I'm sure I'll be able to learn a lot, including an even more professional approach to football. I'm not worried about the language, I already speak a little English and I'm sure I'll soon get used to it.
“I'll still have to put in an appearance at Ostrava, but on Monday I have to report for training at Norwich. Then in a week we go on a training camp in the Netherlands. And then it all starts.”
Meanwhile, Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey has confirmed that Southend striker Freddy Eastwood will sign for them tomorrow.
Eastwood has agreed terms on a four-year contract with the Molineux club.
Moxey said: “I am genuinely thrilled with this deal because not only is it a good bit of business but I also think we are getting a player who can be an absolute star.”