Boyle in the bag for City

Everton defender Patrick Boyle has joined Norwich City on a month's loan. The 19-year-old Scottish left back was at Colney on Thursday morning to meet his new team mates.

Everton defender Patrick Boyle has joined Norwich City on a month's loan.

The 19-year-old Scottish left back was at Colney on Thursday morning to meet his new team mates.

Boyle has yet to make a first team appearance at Goodison Park, but has been watched several times by the Canaries and is highly rated by Everton boss David Moyes.

City boss Nigel Worthington said: “When I spoke to David he thinks a lot of the player and thinks that he will have a bright future.


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“He's coming in to give us some cover for a month initially.

“He's performed very well when we've watched him and we want to have some natural cover there.”

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Boyle said: “I drove in this morning with Lee Croft because we are staying at the same hotel and the whole set-up here seems nice.

“I've played against Crofty three or four times in the last couple of seasons for Everton Reserves against Manchester City and I'm sure I'll get to know him a bit better now.”

Boyle is a Scotland Youth international and has figured in the same squad as City defender Andrew Cave-Brown.

He may also find himself thrust into the first team squad sooner rather than later with skipper Adam Drury due to become a father in the next couple of weeks.

Worthington also revealed that he was trying to sign Portsmouth defender Andy O'Brien on loan, but Pompey boss Harry Redknapp was not prepared to release him just yet.

“Andy would give us more experience and another body and healthy competition for places. Harry said he had been thinking about it but he couldn't do the deal at this moment.”

With Crystal Palace the visitors to Carrow Road on Saturday, Worthington revealed that winger Croft was suffering from a tight calf but is still expected to be fit.

Carl Robinson, who missed the 3-3 draw at Southend on Tuesday, was due to train again on Thursday, while striker Peter Thorne has also been back in training since Monday.

Said Worthington: “Carl has got a voice and has got a presence and can keep the ball moving. The midfield three have been pretty consistent all the way through but Andy Hughes came in and did a good solid job at Southend and it is a decision we will make on Friday.”

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