Norwich City Beat Newcastle United To Land Barnsley Star

Canaries pip Toon to Butterfield.

Norwich boss Chris Hughton has beaten off competition from his old club Newcastle to land promising Barnsley midfield Jacob Butterfield on a free transfer.

The 22-year-old is hot property after a string of impressive performances for the Tykes in the Championship last season.

Newcastle looked to be in pole position for Butterfield but the youngster confirmed to BBC Radio Sheffield that he had opted for Carrow Road.

“It’s obviously a massive club, very well supported and the manager showed real interest in me and made a real effort to persuade me to join Norwich,” he said.

But the Premier League is set to be a big step up for Butterfield, who has not played a competitive match since suffering a serious knee injury last December.

“It made it more complicated with the injury and because I missed so much football last season, it was important to get the right move where I’m going to play football because the last thing I want to do is miss any more time on the field,” he continued.

Butterfield, who had been offered a new contract by Barnsley, insisted he had always been straight with the Yorkshire club, who made him captain at the start of last season, despite his youth.

“I’ve never lied throughout the whole six to nine months, however long this transfer saga has been going on.

“I wanted to play in the Premier League and I had no intention of making a sideways move for more money,” he added.

Things are looking up for Hughton, who has already added Rangers’ Steven Whittaker to the squad and tied-down Grant Holt and John Ruddy to new contracts.

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