Norwich City sign McNamee from Swindon
Michael Bailey Paul Lambert has made his second loan signing in a matter of days - by finally bagging Swindon Town winger Anthony McNamee on an emergency loan deal.The Norwich City boss had a deadline day bid for the 26-year-old turned down in August but with McNamee out of contract in the summer, the Robins have decided to cash in rather than lose the former Watford youth product on a free in the summer.
Paul Lambert has made his second loan signing in a matter of days - by finally bagging Swindon Town winger Anthony McNamee on an emergency loan deal.
The Norwich City boss had a deadline day bid for the 26-year-old turned down in August but with McNamee out of contract in the summer, the Robins have decided to cash in rather than lose the former Watford youth product on a free in the summer.
Peterborough defender Russell Martin also joined City on an initial emergency loan deal yesterday.
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Lambert said: “I saw him play a few years ago when I was at Wycombe in a pre-season friendly against Watford. He was on one wing and Ashley Young the other and I remembered him.
“I then saw him again when I was at Colchester and he was quick, and he hasn't lost that. So I'm glad we have got him in and he gives us another option.”
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McNamee joins officially in a loan deal from the County Ground until January 4, although the arrangement with Swindon is almost certainly with a view to a permanent move in the New Year being completed once the transfer window reopens.
However, the winger cannot turn out in City's FA Cup second round clash at Carlisle tomorrow, or their Johnstone's Paint Trophy southern semi-final at Southampton next month having appeared in both competitions for Swindon this season.
McNamee told the club website: “I'm very excited really to be playing here. You've got a very good team here, obviously you can tell that by the position you are in the league.
“Every time I've played against Norwich it's been a tough game anyway so I look forward to playing.”
And what can City fans expect from their new winger?
“Hopefully excitement, balls into the box and creating goals,” he added.
McNamee made 103 appearances and scored three goals in all competitions for the Hornets, where he came through the ranks and helped Aidy Boothroyd's side gain promotion to the Premier League in 2006.
He moved to Swindon in January for an undisclosed fee after loan spells with Barnet and Crewe Alexandria, where he made 88 appearances - two coming against City this season, at Carrow Road in League One and in the penalty shoot-out defeat in the Trophy at the County Ground at the start of November. He scored four goals during his time in Wiltshire.