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Boss Wilder thrilled after Blades wrap up deal for NI ace Norwood


Sheffield United have signed Northern Ireland international midfielder Oliver Norwood from Brighton.

Norwood joins on an initial loan but the move will be made permanent in January, with the deal keeping him at the club on a two-and-a-half year pact until 2021.

The 27-year-old has been promoted from the Championship in each of the last two seasons, with Brighton in 2017 and with Fulham back in May - featuring in the Championship Play-Off Final having spent last campaign on loan at Craven Cottage.

Norwood was a Manchester United academy player before featuring at a number of EFL clubs, including Huddersfield and Reading, and has an impressive 53 international caps for Northern Ireland under Michael O'Neill.

Blades boss Chris Wilder is thrilled to bring Norwood to Bramall Lane, saying: "This is a fantastic capture for us.

"Olly has great ability, is a great age and will make us stronger.

"He complements our squad and our business over the course of the summer window."

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Norwood is Sheffield United's sixth signing of the summer and he will go straight into the squad for tonight's Carabao Cup meeting with Hull at Bramall Lane.

He was the subject of two bids from Nigel Adkins' Tigers during the transfer window.

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