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Britt earns tribute from Peterborough boss

by Donovan Blake

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson hopes striker Britt Assombalonga succeeds at new club Nottingham Forest - despite losing him two days before the start of the new League One season.

Assombalonga moved to the City Ground having spent just one season at London Road. In that time the 21 year old former Watford striker scored 33 goals, with all bar 10 coming in the league.

"The timing could be better, but you can't hand pick what day or what month of someone's going to come in for one of your players. It's the way football is.

The boy made his mind up that he wanted to leave and you've got to respect that. And I have to say good luck to the boy because he was fantastic for us in the short spell he was here."

– Darren Ferguson, Peterborough United manager

Assombalonga was the second striker to leave Posh this week. On Tuesday Nicky Ajose completed his move from London Road to join another Championship side, Leeds United.

The former Manchester United trainee, however, was one of a number of players transfer-listed by Posh following their failure to win promotion from League One in May via the play-offs.

Read more: Assombalonga seals £5million Forest move

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Wes Hoolahan performs stunning U-turn to stay at Norwich City

Wes Hoolahan is staying at Carrow Road.
Wes Hoolahan is staying at Carrow Road. Credit: PA

Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan has performed a remarkable U-turn, by signing a new two-year contract with the club.

Hoolahan will now stay with Norwich until 2017.

The 32-year-old submitted a transfer request in January in a bid to push through a move to Aston Villa, but the Canaries refused to sell.

He then failed to celebrate after scoring for Norwich against Villa in March.

Hoolahan fails to celebrate against Aston Villa.
Hoolahan fails to celebrate against Aston Villa. Credit: PA

However, new Norwich boss Neil Adams has now persuaded the talented playmaker that his future lies at Carrow Road.

Hoolahan joined Norwich in 2008 from Blackpool and has established himself as a fans' favourite.

The news is a major boost for the club ahead of the new Championship season which kicks off at Wolves on Sunday.

"I'm delighted to have signed.

Obviously last year it was a bad season for me but I came back in for the pre-season and the manager spoke to me and talked me through his plans.

Now I just can't wait to get started and I'm delighted to be here for another couple of seasons."

– Wes Hoolahan, Norwich City

Read more: Hoolahan defends 'non-celebration'

Peterborough United striker Britt Assombalonga joins Nottingham Forest in £5million move

Britt Assombalonga will join Nottingham Forest tomorrow.
Britt Assombalonga will join Nottingham Forest tomorrow. Credit: PA

Highly-rated Peterborough United striker Britt Assombalonga has joined Championship side Nottingham Forest in a £5million deal.

The 21-year-old was in Nottingham this afternoon for a talks and a medical, and has now signed a five-year contract at the City Ground.

Assombalonga became Peterborough's club record signing when he joined from Watford for £1.5million last summer.

He scored 33 goals for Posh last season as they made the League One play-offs.

"After receiving what will be a record fee for a League One club and for Posh, I told the Gaffer (Darren Ferguson) I would turn the final bid down.

Once the Gaffer spoke to Britt and his father, it was clear he wanted to progress, speak to Forest and conveyed he was in no way in the right frame of mind for the game against Rochdale on Saturday should this opportunity not be afforded to him.

He will be missed by all of us at the club and we will watch his career go from strength to strength over the coming years, knowing we played a big part in that happening."

– Darragh MacAnthony, Peterborough United chairman

On completing his move, Assombalonga paid tribute to the Posh fans.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the chairman Darragh MacAnthony for granting me this fantastic opportunity with Nottingham Forest. I would also like to thank the manager Darren Ferguson, the football management team and all the staff at London Road for their help, advice and guidance since I joined the football club.

Finally I would like to thank the Posh supporters. Ever since I walked into the club last year, they have been superb and I will always remember that support. I firmly believe the football club can have a fantastic season this year because there are a lot of talented players in that dressing room."

– Britt Assombalonga, Nottingham Forest

Aston Villa midfielder Samir Carruthers returns to MK Dons

Samir Carruthers has joined MK Dons on a permanent deal.
Samir Carruthers has joined MK Dons on a permanent deal. Credit: PA

MK Dons have completed the signing of Aston Villa midfielder Samir Carruthers on a permanent deal.

The 21-year-old enjoyed an impressive loan spell at stadium:mk last season, but had to return to Villa Park in February after picking up a serious knee injury.

Carruthers has now agreed a three-year deal with the Dons, joining for an undisclosed fee.

“It’s exciting and it’s what I wanted.

Obviously I know the club from before, I’m pleased to be back and I can’t wait to get going again. It’s like coming home.”

– Samir Carruthers, MK Dons

Carruthers is unlikely to feature for a while as he continues with his rehabilitation from a recent thigh problem, but Dons manager Karl Robinson believes he will turn out to be money well spent.

"I understand some fans might be thinking why have we signed a player who is injured but we’re building for the future. He is part of the long-term strategy here and that’s shown with his three-year deal.

He’s an exceptional talent and one day I believe he will be back showcasing his ability at the top."

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons manager

Van Wolfswinkel joins Saint-Étienne

Norwich City's record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel has joined French club Saint-Étienne on a season-long loan.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Ricky van Wolfswinkel Credit: PA Images

The 25-year-old moved to Carrow Road last summer for a fee approaching £8.5million but only scored one goal in 27 appearances as the Canaries were relegated from the Premier League.

It's thought that Saint-Étienne have the option to buy the Dutchman at the end of the loan spell for €6million (£4.75million).

I can't speak highly enough about how professional Ricky has been, even though he had a difficult first season at the club.

His attitude has been first class, and this move represents an opportunity for him to play regularly and get back to scoring goals in the way he has done in the past. We wish him the best of luck.

– Neil Adams, Norwich City Manager

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Norwich City land former QPR midfielder Gary O'Neil

Gary O'Neil has signed for Norwich City.
Gary O'Neil has signed for Norwich City. Credit: PA

Norwich City have signed midfielder Gary O'Neil on a free transfer.

The 31-year-old has agreed a two-year contract at Carrow Road.

O'Neil made over 30 appearance for QPR last season as they gained promotion to the Premier League, but was released this summer.

The former Portsmouth man won't be eligible to make his Canaries debut against Wolves on Sunday as he still needs to serve a one-match suspension.

He was sent off in QPR's play-off final win over Derby County in May.

Gary O'Neil brings down Derby County's Johnny Russell in last season's Play-Off final.
Gary O'Neil brings down Derby County's Johnny Russell in last season's play-off final. Credit: PA

“I’m really pleased. I trained with the lads this morning and I’m just ready to get going now.

It’s a good club that has still got loads of good players, so hopefully we’ll have a good year. They’re keen to get back to the Premier League, they have fantastic support and everyone I’ve spoken to has said what a great club it is and what a great area it is to live."

– Gary O'Neil, Norwich City

Norwich boss Neil Adams was equally pleased to get the deal wrapped up, and thinks that O'Neil's experience will prove to be a valuable asset.

“Gary’s a very experienced player. He’s featured in the Premier League and Championship all his career and he can play in a number of roles through the midfield.

He was with QPR when they achieved promotion to the Premier League, so he’s the precisely the sort of player needed."

– Neil Adams, Norwich City Manager

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Peterborough United's Nicky Ajose seals Leeds United move

Nicky Ajose has joined Leeds United.
Nicky Ajose has joined Leeds United. Credit: PA

Peterborough United forward Nicky Ajose has joined Championship side Leeds United for an undisclosed fee.

Ajose passed a medical at Elland Road earlier this afternoon, before signing a three-year contract.

The 22-year-old was placed on the transfer list by Posh, and spent time on loan at Swindon Town last season.

Read more: Ashley Cole sneaks into Posh photo

Norwich City defender Ryan Bennett agrees new contract

Ryan Bennett has agreed a new three-year contract with Norwich City.
Ryan Bennett has agreed a new three-year contract with Norwich City. Credit: PA

Highly-rated Norwich City defender Ryan Bennett has agreed a new three-year contract with the club.

The 24-year-old joined the Canaries from Peterborough United in a deal thought to have exceeded £3million back in 2012.

Bennett will now stay at Carrow Road until the summer of 2017 and has already targeted a return to top flight.

"Signing is something I was looking to do and I couldn’t be happier to do it.

Personally and family wise, it’s been an unbelievable two years with everyone around the club and I’m very happy to extend that.

With the size of the club and the ambitions we've got for this season and the future – we want to be back in the Premier League which is where every player wants to be playing - signing this extension gives me a few extra years here and hopefully we can build that together."

– Ryan Bennett, Norwich City

Peterborough United forward Nicky Ajose closing in on Leeds United switch

Nicky Ajose will soon be a Leeds United player.
Nicky Ajose will soon be a Leeds United player. Credit: PA

Peterborough United forward Nicky Ajose is closing in on a move to Championship side Leeds United.

The 22-year was absent from yesterday's pre-season photo shoot at London Road, sparking rumours that he would soon be heading out of the club.

It's understood that Leeds have now agreed a fee with Posh for the former Manchester United man, who will undergo a medical this afternoon.

Ajose enjoyed a successful loan spell at Swindon Town last season.

Read more: Ashley Cole sneaks into Posh photo

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