Norwich City have announced the signing of Reece McAlear from Motherwell for a reported fee of £250,000 plus add-ons. McAlear had been linked to a move to the Canaries, after also attracting interest from West Ham and Leicester City.
Here’s what the Motherwell chief executive had to say about his depature from the club:
“It is very much our hope that the player development pathway we provide at Motherwell results in our academy graduates progressing to professional level, then eventually into the first team. We had high hopes for Reece. He was getting closer and closer and indeed, played several first-team friendly matches during pre-season.“
“We had positive conversations with the player, his family and his representatives about extending his stay. However, it was clear this was an opportunity Reece wanted to explore and probably would’ve explored, when his contract expired at the end of the season, had we not managed to agree a deal with Norwich now.”
McAlear is a product of the Motherwell youth academy, with the 17 year old having spent the last 13 months at the club and aged just 15, McAlear made his debut for the Motherwell under20’s side.
Internationally, McAlear has been capped on five occasions for Scotland under-17’s.
Fantasy Football Potential
McClear will join up with Paul Williams’ under-18’s side for the upcoming season and therefore it will be highly unlikely if we see the youngster in the Premier League, but could be one for the future! The young midfielder will link up with the other young signings Norwich have brought in this summer transfer window as they have looked to bolster their youth sides.