Lambert adds two new faces
Paul Lambert has brought in two more new faces with Zak Whitbread and Oli Johnson joining Norwich.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 08/01/10 4:04pm
Paul Lambert has brought in two more new faces with Zak Whitbread and Oli Johnson the latest recruits to join Norwich.
As revealed by skysports.com on Wednesday defender Whitbread has penned a two-and-a-half year contract and arrives from Millwall for an undisclosed fee.
Meanwhile Johnson signs from League One strugglers Stockport County, again as stated by skysports.com on Thursday, just 14 months after playing for non-league side Nostell Miners Welfare.
The striker has also signed a two-and-a-half year deal and also arrives for an undisclosed fee.
"We needed centre-half and striker cover," manager Lambert told the club's official website.
"Zak is someone I've been after for a while and is an experienced defender. He has always been my first choice to bring in and I'm delighted to be able to sign him from Millwall.
"Oli is a young unknown quantity but he'll give defenders a real fright. He scored six goals in his first nine starts for Stockport County.
"He's not long out of non-league, he's got quick feet, is quick and strong and hopefully he'll do well for us."
Whitbread and Johnson follow the permanent signings of Russell Martin and Anthony McNamee earlier in the week and the 25-year-old former Lions ace, who is yet to play this season following hip surgery in the summer, is eager to help the Canaries out of League One at the first time of asking.
"I'm delighted to have joined the club, which matches the ambition of myself," he stated.
"Having spoken to the manager it is clear the club is going in one direction and I'm looking forward to being a part of that.
"Norwich is a massive club, growing up they were one of the top clubs in the country and have a great tradition, great ground, a fantastic support, which still sells out 25,000 every week is a massive reason to come."
Meanwhile 22-year-old Johnson echoed his new team-mate's sentiments: "It is a massive club and it should be any player's ambition to play for a club the size of Norwich.
"I've only been playing league football for about 15 months or so it's fairytale stuff really. Two years ago I was playing in front of 50 people, so playing in front of 25,000 every week is a really exciting prospect."