Youssouf Mulumbu will become a Norwich City player when his contract at West Bromwich Albion expires, having agreed a two-year deal.
The Canaries are preparing for life in the Premier League after just a year in the Championship, following their success in the playoff final against Middlesbrough last month. Manager Alex Neil has already wrapped up the permanent signings of Tony Andreu and Graham Dorrans after they impressed on loan last term, and he has now secured the free transfer signing of Mulumbu.
The DR Congo international has spent the past six-and-a-half years at West Brom after joining from Paris Saint Germain for a bargain £175,000, and he went on to make 151 appearances in all competitions for the Baggies. But with his contract at the Hawthorns set to expire on 30 June, he has ended his association with the club by agreeing a two-year deal with Norwich instead.
“The fact that we’ve been able to pick Youssouf up on a free transfer is a fantastic piece of business,” Neil told the official club website. “He has vast experience of the Premier League but he’s still at a good age. You generally say that a player comes into their peak between 27 and 32. He’s another fantastic player to add to an already-strong squad going into the Premier League.”
Norwich bring in their new era of Premier League football when Crystal Palace visit Carrow Road on the opening weekend of the season, which is followed by their first away trip of the campaign at Sunderland the following weekend. They end their home programme with the visit of Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United, before wrapping up the schedule with a trip to Everton on 15 May.