Canaries snap up new keeper

DAVID CUFFLEY The Canaries are poised to sign Derby County goalkeeper Lee Camp on a three-month loan. The England Under-21 international looks certain to be in the City squad for Saturday's Coca-Cola Championship match at Coventry.

DAVID CUFFLEY

The Canaries are poised to sign Derby County goalkeeper Lee Camp on a three-month loan.

The England Under-21 international looks certain to be in the City squad for Saturday's Coca-Cola Championship match at Coventry.

Camp, 22, who was on the bench for England Under-21s in their 3-2 win against Switzerland in Lucerne on Wednesday night, will meet up with manager Nigel Worthington and his players on Friday, provided the formalities of the deal are completed without a hitch. Friday is the first day since the closure of the August transfer window that clubs can conduct loan business.


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There is no immediate plan to make Camp's move a permanent one.

City's need for an extra 'keeper after the £2m sale of Robert Green to West Ham became more urgent when 18-year-old Joe Lewis fractured a cheekbone in a reserve match against Leyton Orient.

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Worthington confirmed: “Lee is coming in on a three-month loan, subject to the relevant paperwork being completed tomorrow. The two clubs have agreed the move and he will be with us in time for the game at Coventry on Saturday.

“He will provide us with cover for Paul Gallacher and allow Joe Lewis plenty of time to recover from his injury.

“It will also provide competition for Paul. Lee has played an ample number of games at this level.

“He has very good potential and is an England Under-21 international. He was with England Under-21s in Switzerland last night, was heading back today and will join us either tomorrow morning for training, or meet us at the hotel tomorrow night.

“Nothing has been discussed about a permanent deal at this moment. It is purely a three-month loan.”

Camp, 22, was born in Derby, is a lifelong Rams fan and graduated from their Academy.

He had a loan spell with Burton Albion before making his Derby debut in the penultimate match of the 2002-03 season, and had a three-month loan at Queen's Park Rangers the following season, helping them gain promotion to the Championship.

Since then, he has made a further 95 senior appearances for Derby, including 40 last season. He was the club's Young Player of the Year in 2004-05.

He has played three of the Rams' six games so far this season, but did not play against Norwich at Pride Park last month. His last outing was in the 4-3 defeat at Colchester 12 days ago. His appearance in Derby's 1-0 Carling Cup win at Stockport means he will be cup-tied when City visit Rotherham on September 19.

Camp's last outing at Carrow Road was in February, when Derby were beaten 2-0.

t Lee Camp fact file

Age: 22

Date of birth: August 22, 1984

Birthplace: Derby

Height: 6ft

Weight: 11st 11lb

Clubs: Derby (96 apps), Burton Albion (5 apps), QPR (12 apps).

International honours: England Under-21

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