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Oliver Norwood keen to fly high with the Seagulls after moving to Brighton

By Steven Beacom

Northern Ireland star Oliver Norwood has moved to Brighton & Hove Albion from Reading in a three year deal.

The 25-year-old midfielder, who has become an influential figure at international level, had been linked with potential switches to Premier League sides Hull City, Bournemouth and Burnley and Scottish giants Celtic, but is delighted to have transferred to the Championship outfit for an undisclosed fee.

Norwood played all four of Northern Ireland's games in the Euro 2016 finals in France and is relishing the prospect of trying to help Brighton win promotion to the top flight.

Albion boss Chris Hughton is delighted to have signed a talented player, who started his career at Manchester United.

"Oliver is an excellent addition to our squad," said Hughton.

"He has a good grounding coming from Manchester United, and has a wealth of experience playing in the Championship and at international level.

"He's a box-to-box midfielder and an excellent passer of the ball, so he gives us extra options in midfield and adds further depth to our squad."

Norwood, who has won 38 caps, won't be the only Northern Ireland player on the move this month with Paddy McNair set to leave Manchester United.

Aston Villa are the latest club to show an interest in taking the 21-year-old on loan. Newcastle, Sunderland, Burnley and Celtic are also monitoring the situation.

It is believed McNair would prefer to stay in the Premier League.

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