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NORWICH CITY SIGN IVO PINTO

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09:30 8th January 2016

by Norwich City Football Club

Portuguese defender joins the Canaries subject to paperwork

NORWICH City have completed the signing of Portuguese right-back Ivo Pinto from Dinamo Zagreb for an undisclosed fee, subject to paperwork.

The defender, who turned 26 yesterday, has been capped internationally up to Under-21s level and joins the Canaries on a three-and-a-half year deal.

Pinto came through the Academy ranks at Porto, undertaking a series of loan moves before enjoying permanent spells at Rio Ave and Romanian outfit CFR Cluj.

He joined Zagreb in July 2013, going on to make over 100 appearances in all competitions to help his side to the Croatian league title in both 2014 and 2015, as well as the 2015 Croatian Cup.

During his time with The Blues, Pinto also gained Champions League experience, notably completing 90 minutes in Dinamo’s 2-1 home victory over Arsenal earlier this year.

Pinto exclusively told Norwich City TV: "I'm very excited to come here and play for a big club in the Premier League.

"I'm looking forward to starting work to help the team achieve their goals."

City boss Alex Neil added: "Ivo has had Champions League experience this season, playing against Arsenal and Bayern Munich where he did very well.

"He’s a Portuguese Under-21 international and at only 26 has his best years ahead of him. He is an athletic and good defender and will bring us options at the back."

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