Norwich City have completed the signing of England Under-21 international midfielder Kieran Dowell from Everton for an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old has put pen to paper on a three-year deal at Carrow Road.
Dowell joined the Toffees aged seven and progressed through the club’s academy before making his first senior appearance in the UEFA Europa League in 2014.
His first Premier League start came against the Canaries at Goodison Park at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.
In the 2016-17 season Dowell scored five goals in 22 appearances, as Everton’s Under-23s squad became the inaugural winners of Premier League 2.
He has since spent time out on loan, scoring 17 goals across spells with Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United, Derby County and, most recently, Wigan Athletic, where he netted a hat-trick in July’s 8-0 win over Hull City.
Dowell has become a regular for the Three Lions at youth level, representing England’s Under-16s, 17s, 18s, 20s and 21s teams since 2012, winning the Under-20 FIFA World Cup in 2017.
Speaking to canaries.co.uk following his move to Norwich City, Dowell said: “I’m delighted. I’m glad to get it out the way early as well. I spoke with Stuart [Webber] and the boss [Daniel Farke] not so long after the season finished so it’s nice to get it sorted.
“There was a bit of interest [from other clubs] towards the end of the season and when Norwich came up, with the history of the club and what they’ve got going on with the boss and the players they’ve got here, I think it was a really good fit for me.
“It’s a massive step in my career which is why I had to make sure it’s the right decision for me. I didn’t want to rush into anything. I had a few offers but after speaking with Stuart and the boss and having a look around the training centre, I knew this was the place for me.
“I’m looking forward to getting fit and getting ready for pre-season. We’ve got about three weeks left so I’ll have a couple of days on holiday and then we’ll be back at it, ready to go.”
Head coach Daniel Farke added: “I’m very pleased with this transfer because Kieran is full of potential. He’s a young player on his way up and has experience on the international stage.
“He’s young, homegrown and has proven that he can score goals and get assists, so he’s pretty versatile in all offensive positions. I think it’s a great addition to our squad.
“He caught my eye when he was on loan at Nottingham Forest with many goals and assists, never losing his way. We’re really pleased as there was a lot of competition for his signature.
“It’s a really good transfer for us and I’m pleased that Stuart Webber was able to bring him in.”