2 months ago
Norwich City have completed the signing of American forward Josh Sargent from Werder Bremen.
The US Men’s National Team international, aged 21, joins for an undisclosed fee and has put pen to paper on a four-year deal.
Sargent has spent the past two and a half years playing for Werder Bremen in the topflight of German football, having progressed from the club’s reserve side. Throughout his time with Bremen he scored 15 goals in 83 games in all competitions.
Speaking to canaries.co.uk, Sargent said: “I’ve always wanted to play in the Premier League, so it’s a very exciting opportunity for me.
"I heard it’s a good group of guys and I talked with the head coach already and I really like what they’re trying to do here.
"I like to think my main position is a number nine, but I am also very versatile. No matter where I play, everyone can expect that I will give my all, my 100 percent and hopefully score some goals."
Against Fortuna Dusseldorf, Sargent scored with his first touch on his senior debut for Bremen to record the fastest goal by a debutant in the club’s history.
In 2019/20, he made 28 Bundesliga appearances and scored four goals. In 2020/21, he increased those numbers to 32 Bundesliga appearances and five goals.
On the international stage, Sargent has been a regular goalscorer throughout the US Men’s National Team age groups. In 2017 he featured in both the FIFA Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups, where he collected the Silver Boot award after scoring four goals.
In 2018, Sargent scored on his senior debut for the national team, in a 3-0 friendly victory over Bolivia. In total, he has registered five goals across 16 senior international appearances.
Sargent follows in the footsteps of former teammate Milot Rashica, who also moved to Norwich from Werder Bremen earlier this summer.
Head coach Daniel Farke said: “We’re really happy to have Josh with us. He’s at a young age with lots of potential. There was a lot of interest in him, so we must pay many compliments to Stuart Webber for getting this deal done.
“Josh has a lot of experience in the top level in the Bundesliga in Germany and has been there with many goals and assists. He has also scored goals for his national team.
“He’s a very good striking option for us but is someone who can also play on the wing. He has pace and is also good with his head. We know he is always there with a big workload and has a fantastic character.
“We know we have to be a bit more creative in the transfer market. We think we have a player in Josh who can contribute and develop into a top goalscorer on Premier League level. We see his potential and are delighted to have him with us.”
The deal is subject to clearance from the regulatory governing bodies.