Jackson's a done deal
Paddy Davitt Norwich City boss Paul Lambert has won the race for Gillingham hot shot Simeon Jackson. The EDP understands the 23-year-old's Carrow Road move will be rubber stamped when Gills' chairman Paul Scally returns from a trip to France.
Norwich City boss Paul Lambert has won the race for Gillingham hot shot Simeon Jackson.
The EDP understands the 23-year-old's Carrow Road move will be rubber stamped when Gills' chairman Paul Scally returns from a trip to France.
City officials yesterday refused to confirm Jackson had flown out to the club's German training base after agreeing a reported �600,000 switch.
But Gills' chief Andy Hessenthaler revealed his coveted striker is poised to leave the Priestfield after he was pulled out of the squad for Tuesday's friendly at Dartford.
Hessenthaler would not be drawn on speculation former Darts' frontman and Norwich back-up striker Cody McDonald is also part of the deal on an initial season long loan.
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“I believe it's Norwich, but it's still got to be confirmed and I don't know anything about what the fee is,” said Hessenthaler. “The chairman is in France at the moment and I have left things to him. We pulled him out (at Dartford) and are just waiting to see what happens. It looks like he is going to go, but until it's been confirmed he is still our player.
“Everyone's not stupid, we all know Simeon's not here and not played because there's been a development. I can't say any more than that, other than it looks like he's going to go but until it's confirmed he's still our player. There will be confirmation by the end of the week or maybe before.”
Jackson will become Lambert's seventh signing of a productive summer after a patient pursuit of the Canadian international who has scored 39 goals in the past two seasons. The striker has already said his goodbyes to his Gillingham team mates ahead of completing a move to East Anglia.
“He's a good friend of mine,” said defender Josh Gowling. “He came in during pre-season and was a great pro even though there were discussions about him going. He obviously didn't play in the friendlies but he put his effort into every training session and I'm glad he's got his move, he deserved it. He's done really well for this club and hopefully he'll go on and have a really good career.
“We had a meeting with him just to say all the best and we're really happy for him that he got his move because he has done great for the club. He's a nice lad, great pro, comes in every day, trains hard, eats right, his home life is great, he's got a lot of goals for this club so he deserves the move.”
t Meanwhile, Lambert yesterday sanctioned a six month loan move for Tom Adeyemi to League Two Bradford.
The highly-rated young midfielder was at Valley Parade to complete the formalities on his proposed short term switch until January 12.
“It's good for Tom to go out on loan to a big club like Bradford for six months,” said Lambert. “It'll do his development a world of good and it'll benefit both Tom himself and Norwich City.”
Bantams' boss Peter Taylor is delighted to land the 18-year-old who has made 17 senior Norwich appearances since his debut on the opening day of last season.
“There were a lorry load of teams who wanted him so we're very lucky. He is a real player,” said Taylor. “The size of Bradford City has certainly helped because it will give Tom the chance to get used to handling big crowds which is what he'll expect playing for Norwich.”