According to the Wolverhampton Express and Star, City new boy Andrew Surman has cost the Canaries a cool £1.2 million.
The classy 23-year-old was announced as Paul Lambert’s newest member of a rapidly expanding midfield yesterday and despite the club declaring the fee ‘undisclosed’, the West Midlands newspaper claims that Wolves have seen an instant return on the amount they paid Southampton a year ago.
This would be somewhat surprising, considering that funds are tight at Carrow Road, but the Express and Star’s revelation is certainly an interesting one.
However, whatever the fee was, City boss Paul Lambert is certain that the capture of Surman, who was deemed surplus to requirements at Premier League Wolves, will prove to be a sound investment.
“I first saw Andrew play a while back and have watched him progress with Southampton, he’s got a terrific left foot and is very good on the ball,” Lambert told the club’s official website.
“At 23-years-old he’s already got great experience and has played in the Premier League. He will give us balance and like everyone else, he will come in and compete for a place.
“He certainly knows the Championship and I’m sure he will do well for us.”
The player himself was also delighted, and after making only five starts at Molineux last season, it is time for Surman to get his promising career back on track.
“I’m delighted to be here, it’s a massive club and coming on the back of a brilliant promotion from League One last season I’m joining the club on the crest of a wave at the moment.
“For next season we’ve got to have the same hopes as last season and be pushing for at least the play-offs and look to get promoted again. The club has got a massive fan base and the players are certainly here.
“I spoke to the manager and really liked what he had to say,” continued to Johannesburg-born player, who is not the first to mention Lambert’s power of persuasion.
“This is a club with massive ambition and having spoken to a few of the Southampton players who played against Norwich last season, they all had good things to say about this team.
“It is an exciting time for the club after promotion last season and being part of that is what really enticed me.”
The left-footed midfielder was also given a nice send-off by his old employers, and it seems as if the Canaries have got themselves a good pro.
“We’d like to thank Andrew for all his efforts for the club over the last year,” said Wanderers CEO Jez Moxey on www.wolves.co.uk.
“He may not have played as much football as he would have liked, but he always stayed extremely professional and never let anyone down when he was given an opportunity.
“Everyone at Wolves would like to wish him all the best for the future at Norwich.”