Pompey celebrate Norris capture

David Norris
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Steve Cotterill has announced the signing of David Norris.

The Blues boss today celebrated the capture of the Ipswich Town captain on a free transfer after he left Portman Road.

Norris will be unveiled on July 1, when his Fratton Park deal officially commences.

The news comes with striker David Nugent close to agreeing a deal with Championship rivals Leicester.

Norris becomes Pompey’s first signing of the summer and the opening arrival of the Convers Sports Initiatives era.

The 30-year-old will now link up with Cotterill’s men for pre-season training on July 1.

Cotterill refused to reveal the details of the former Tractor Boys’ captain’s contract, but is delighted to have landed the midfielder he has doggedly pursued.

He said: ‘David has agreed to come here and will be in to join his new team-mates on July 1.

‘We’re delighted that he’s agreed to come.

‘He has great leadership qualities.

‘You don’t become the captain of a great club like Ipswich Town if you don’t.

‘He is a leader, has great quality and scores goals.

‘We’ve agreed and sorted out his arrival now. It’s a big bonus.

‘We’ve agreed that and we look forward to welcoming him to the football club.

‘We’ve been waiting for a long time.

‘David has also been very patient waiting, and that is something I thank him for.

‘I looking forward to working with him very much.’

Meanwhile, Nugent, who was the Blues’ leading scorer last season, is today close to sealing his move to Leicester after leaving Pompey.

Sources in the midlands say the former Preston man, who arrived at Fratton Park for £6m in 2007, has now agreed personal terms with the Foxes, and is set to link up Sven-Goran Eriksson’s big-spending outfit.

Cotterill is keen to push on with his player hunt, though, after getting Norris over the line.

He revealed he is working on a host of other options as he aims to significantly add to his threadbare squad.

Norris’ arrival means Cotterill has nine players to choose from, with his players returning to training in just 16 days.

The Pompey boss believes he is facing a similar situation to when he arrived at the club 12 months ago.

Cotterill said: ‘We’re pretty much back to where we were a year ago.

‘I’ve lost three or four free transfers over the summer, and the ones I was chasing are gone.

‘A couple have gone to the Premier League. We were within inches of getting them and it’s cost us a bit.

‘But we are looking forward from here.

‘There are a few other things I’m working on so hopefully we can really push on from now.’