350 police officers will be on the streets of Ipswich tomorrow ahead of the first East Anglian derby in 3 years
Norwich City manager Neil Adams has defended the club's decision to sell midfielder Leroy Fer.
The East Anglian derby returns this weekend, and to celebrate many players past and present have been taking the ice bucket challenge.
Coventry City have confirmed that a deal has been reached for the club to return to the Ricoh Arena.
The Sky Blues have been playing their home games at Northampton Town's Sixfields stadium for the past year.
The League One side have agreed an initial two-year deal, with the option of a further two years to return to the 32,000 seater venue.
They will play their first game back in the stadium against Gillingham on 6 September.
– Steve Waggott, Development Director, Coventry City
"We are delighted to get this deal done and I am sure every supporter of Coventry City will be thrilled with this news.
We are under no illusion what a difficult 12 months it has been for the supporters and that was uppermost in our thinking as we worked to get this deal done.
There has had to be compromise on both sides and the commercial details of the deal will remain confidential.
The support and guidance from the Football League, and especially from Chief Executive Shaun Harvey, throughout our discussions was a key factor in achieving the aim of reaching this agreement and getting the football club back to Coventry."
Coventry City could be about to return to the Ricoh Arena, according to reports.
The League One club have been playing their football at Northampton Town's Sixfields stadium for over a year.
Northampton is over 30 miles away from Coventry, and the Ricoh Arena's capacity is significantly more than Sixfields at over 30,000.
It's expected that a statement will be released later today confirming that an agreement has been reached for the Sky Blues to head home.
Secret talks have been held between lawyers acting on behalf of Sisu, the club's owners, and ACL, who manage the Ricoh Arena.
Northampton Town could also be due a compensation payment as part of the conditions drawn up when the two clubs signed a groundshare deal.
Sources suggest that Coventry City could return to their home ground as early as September.
New Norwich City striker Cameron Jerome says that the club's ambition to get back into the Premier League was a key factor in persuading him to move to Carrow Road.
The powerful forward joined the Canaries in a £1.5million deal last night.
Norwich reportedly beat Celtic and fellow Championship side Wigan Athletic to secure Jerome's signature, and the 28-year-old could make his debut in this weekend's East Anglian derby against Ipswich Town.
– Cameron Jerome, Norwich City
"It’s a massive club and from my point of view, where I am in my career, I just need to be playing regularly and Norwich have made me feel very welcome.
Once I spoke with the manager and a few other people here, it was a no-brainer. The ambition of the club matches my ambition as a player and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into training and hopefully being involved at the weekend.”
Jerome's signing completed a busy day of transfer activity at Norwich, with the club also sanctioning Leroy Fer's record-breaking departure to QPR as well as snapping up former Sunderland defender Carlos Cuéllar on a one-year deal.
Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer has joined Premier League side QPR.
The Canaries have received a club record fee for the powerful Dutchman, who has penned a three-year contract at Loftus Road.
QPR have chased the former FC Twente star all summer, and have finally got their man.
Norwich's previous record sale was Dean Ashton back in 2006, who signed for West Ham United in a £7.25million move.
It's understood that Rangers have paid in excess of £8million to land Fer, although the deal could eventually be worth £10million to Norwich.
– Leroy Fer, QPR
“It was always my dream to stay in England, in the Premier League. QPR did well last season to come up and the squad is full of top players, so I’m delighted to be here.
Harry (Redknapp) told me I was a big target for him and when you hear that from a coach, you want to work with them and play for them."
Norwich City have completed the signing of experienced defender Carlos Cuéllar on a free transfer.
The Spaniard has been without a club since leaving Sunderland this summer, but he has now agreed a one-year contract at Carrow Road.
The 32-year-old has spent the last six years in the Premier League after moving from Rangers to Aston Villa for £7.8million back in 2008.
– Carlos Cuéllar, Norwich City
“I’m so happy and so proud to join Norwich City. They’ve given me the opportunity to come here and I want to pay them back with performances on the pitch.
It is a big club but it is looking to get bigger and stronger and to move forward. I see the same mentality that I have of trying to improve all the time, so I think we’ll go hand in hand."
Cuéllar is the second defender to commit his future to the Canaries today, with Michael Turner also signing a new two-year contract.
Norwich City defender Michael Turner has signed a new two-year contract with the club.
30-year-old Turner joins the likes of Ryan Bennett and Wes Hoolahan who have also committed their futures to the Canaries in recent weeks.
The former Sunderland man will now stay at Carrow Road until the summer of 2016, with the option for a further year.
– Neil Adams, Norwich City Manager
“Michael has been outstanding since I came into the job.
That includes last season as well; he’s carried on the form he showed in those final few games into pre-season and then the start of this season.
He fully deserves his new contract and we’re absolutely delighted that he’s signed on the dotted line.”
Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer says that he had to continue playing in the Premier League to fulfil his international ambitions.
The 24-year-old underwent a medical with QPR yesterday, and is expected to complete an £8million move shortly.
QPR have pursued the powerful midfield player all summer, and have previously seen a bid rejected.
However, they now look like they've got their man.
Speaking to dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, Fer said that it was imperative that he continued his career in the top flight.
– Leroy Fer, Norwich City
"To keep playing in the Premier League was very important for me.
I have not talked to the national team coach (Guus Hiddink), but Danny Blind (Hiddink's assistant) said that the Premier League is a good stage on which to keep an eye on me."
Next Tuesday's MK Dons' cup clash against Manchester United is expected to sell out, with some fans queuing through the night waiting for the box office to open.
Fans lined up around the block at Stadium MK, hoping to bag one of the 29,000 tickets on sale to what's already being described as the biggest game in the Dons' history.