Albion Bolster Midfield with Norwood Signing

Brighton and Hove Albion have announced this week the transfer of Northern Ireland midfielder Oliver Norwood from Championship rivals Reading for an undisclosed fee.

Norwood, now 25, has been at Reading for two years since a 2014 switch from Huddersfield. He also started all of Northern Ireland’s matches at the Euros earlier this year in June. Norwood is a fully established international midfielder now having won 29 caps for his country. He is still looking to score his first goal.

Norwood who was on the books of Manchester United has signed a three-year-deal with the Albion.

Norwood (left) is a former United trainee.

Norwood (left) is a former United trainee.

“He’s a box-to-box midfielder and an excellent passer of the ball,” manager Chris Hughton told the BHAFC online.

“He has a good grounding, coming from Manchester United, and gives us extra options in midfield and adds further depth to our squad.”

It’s hoped Norwood can now form a strong partnership with Beram Kayal in the heart of the Seagulls midfield. The future of Dale Stephens is still unclear with no clues as to whether Norwood serves as a replacement or addition to the former Charlton man in the Albion squad.

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