Carrow Road is looking more and more like a place Premier League clubs will look to avoid in the 2013-14 season.
The Canaries have confirmed putting pen-to-paper on a four year deal with Dutch international Leroy Fer for an undisclosed fee.
The holding midfielder comes to Norwich City from Eredivisie side, FC Twente, where he notched 15 goals and 7 assists in 52 appearances since his transfer from Feyenoord in fall 2011.
Fer, a box-to-box midfielder who is equally adept at breaking up attacks on the defensive side as he is finishing them going forward, turned heads earlier this summer with his string of bold performances in Holland’s semi-final run in the European Under-21 Championship.
Nicknamed ‘The Bouncer,’ Fer came off the bench to score the match-winner against Germany in stunning fashion, thundering home a 90th minute header to hand Oranje a 3-2 victory. Two days later he added an insurance goal in Holland’s 5-1 pummelling of Russia.
This past January a £8.6 million ($13m) agreement between Everton and Fer looked done-and-dusted before a medical exam revealed a knee injury that was enough to scupper the deal. The Toffees continued to monitor Fer’s situation and were once again rumored to be in the market for the Dutchman, but Norwich came to the table with conviction and now they have their man.
The 23 year old joins Javier Garrido, Ricky Van Wolfswinkel, Nathan Redmond, Martin Olsson and Carlo Nash as manager Chris Hughton’s signings this summer.
Fer has all the attributes to make an immediate impact at Carrow Road and will provide the Canaries current defensive midfield starter, Bradley Johnson, with plenty of competition.
Three Premier League teams are in UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday in their second games of the 2017-18 group stage.
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Tottenham Hotspur head to Cyprus to face APOEL in Nicosia hoping to make it two wins from two, while Manchester City host Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk aiming to keep their 100 percent record and Liverpool are in Moscow to play Spartak hoping for a first win of the group stage.
Elsewhere Real Madrid head to Borussia Dortmund (Christian Pulisic alert) in a mouth-watering clash at the Westfalenstadion and Napoli host Feyenoord in another eye-catching tie.
Click on the link above to follow commentary on all the action, while below is the full schedule as we will have reaction and analysis on all the UCL action on Tuesday.
All games kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET.
Tuesday’s UCL schedule
Spartak Moscow vs. Liverpool
Sevilla vs. Maribor
Manchester City vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
Napoli vs. Feyenoord
Monaco vs. FC Porto
Besiktas vs. RB Leipzig
APOEL vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Borussia Dortmund vs. Real Madrid
From Fabian Delph‘s curler to Alvaro Morata’s surging run and dink and from Philippe Coutinho‘s perfect free kick to Leroy Sane’s delicate touches.
Boy, did we have some fine strikes in the Premier League in Week 6.
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Click play on the video above to see the best of the bunch and let us know your favorite in the comments section below.
“What is your favorite?” I hear you cry. Settle down, settle down. I love a good curler which clips off the bar and in so I’m going with Delphy’s goal against Crystal Palace. Sublime.
Now, of course, they have to qualify first.
But if Bruce Arena’s men do make the 2018 World Cup in Russia they could be wearing this beauty in the photo below.
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With all leaked jerseys there is a real possibility it could turn out to look completely different but information from Conrad Burry of Sportslogos over the weekend suggested something along these lines.
Take a look at the photo below of the home jersey (the away jersey is said to be “Midnight Navy with a second color of Blue Nebula”) and let us know what you think.
The UEFA Champions League group stage kicks off Week 2 on Tuesday, so let’s have some fun and try to predict the scores.
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Feel free to join in down in the comments section, as I’m predicting another unbeaten week for all five Premier League teams in action.
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Below you will find score predictions for all 16 UCL games across the next two days.
Sevilla 3-1 Maribor
Spartak Moscow 1-1 Liverpool
Man City 3-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
Napoli 3-1 Feyenoord
Besiktas 0-2 RB Leipzig
Monaco 2-1 FC Porto
Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Real Madrid
APOEL 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur
CSKA Moscow 1-2 Manchester United
Basel 0-2 Benfica
Paris Saint-Germain 2-2 Bayern Munich
Anderlecht 2-1 Celtic
Atletico Madrid 1-2 Chelsea
Qarabag 1-3 Roma
Sporting Lisbon 1-3 Barcelona
Juventus 2-1 Olympiacos