Confirmed: Goalkeeper snubs Leeds and signs for Championship rivals.
By Dominic Toner
Goalkeeper Michael McGovern has joined Norwich on a free transfer, the club announced on Tuesday.
Football Insider reported that Leeds were keen on signing the free agent after his heroics at Euro 2016 saw Northern Ireland progress from the group stage.
But Norwich have won the race for the 32-year-old and confirmed he will join the club on a free transfer and reunite with manager Alex Neil who McGovern worked under at Hamilton.
McGovern told the Norwich website: “Having worked with the gaffer before, that was a big pull for me. I had some interest elsewhere but I’m really looking forward to working with him again now at Norwich.”
McGovern began his career at Scottish Champions Celtic, whilst having spells at Falkirk and Dundee United. The move to East Anglia will be his first venture to England.
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The experienced goalkeeper has represented his country in 15 encounters, which include four appearances in the European Championships this summer where Northern Ireland were eventually knocked out by semi-finalists Wales in the round of 16.
The goalkeeper starred in 39 encounters in the recently completed season for Hamilton and kept 10 clean sheets over the year.
Garry Monk may have lost out on the Northern Irishman but has already been successful in the window with six signings so far. The most expensive of those was League Two Player of the Year Kemar Roofe, who joined Elland Road for £3million.
Leeds have also added one goalkeeper already with veteran Rob Green joining earlier this month and the 36-year-old will compete with number one Marco Silvestri for a starting place.
In other Leeds transfer news, they are set to blow their rivals out of the water to sign a young winger.