Norwich sign Sweden striker Elmander on loan

LONDON Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:27pm BST

Austria's Sebastian Proedl (L) fights for the ball with Sweden's Johan Elmander during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match at the Ernst Happel stadium in Vienna, June 7, 2013. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler

Austria's Sebastian Proedl (L) fights for the ball with Sweden's Johan Elmander during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match at the Ernst Happel stadium in Vienna, June 7, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Dominic Ebenbichler

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LONDON (Reuters) - Norwich City have signed Sweden striker Johan Elmander on a season-long loan deal from Galatasaray, the Premier League club said on their website (www.canaries.co.uk) on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old former Bolton Wanderers forward, whose loan deal is subject to international clearance, has played 71 times for Sweden, scoring 19 goals, and featured at the last two European Championships plus the 2006 World Cup finals.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton said: "I'm really delighted to bring in a player of Johan's experience, not only at club and Premier League level but as a current international. It's great to welcome him to our squad."

Elmander made 52 appearances for Galatasaray, scoring 16 goals in all competitions, after joining the Turkish club on a free transfer in 2011 from Bolton.

He netted 18 goals in 92 Premier League games for Wanderers during a three-year spell and has also played for Feyenoord, Brondby, NAC Breda and Toulouse after starting out in Sweden.

Elmander is Norwich's eighth close-season signing along with Javier Garrido, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Gary Hooper, Leroy Fer, Carlo Nash, Nathan Redmond and compatriot Martin Olsson.

(Writing by Ken Ferris; Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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