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Norwich seal loan deal for Sevilla's Amadou

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Copa del Rey - Quarter-Final - Second Leg - FC Barcelona v Sevilla - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - January 30, 2019 Sevilla's Ibrahim Amadou REUTERS/Albert Gea

(Reuters) - Norwich City have signed versatile midfielder Ibrahim Amadou from Spanish side Sevilla on a season-long loan deal, with an option to make the move permanent next year, the promoted Premier League club said on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old Frenchman, a defensive midfielder who can also play at centre back, becomes Norwich’s fifth arrival in the close season.

"I'm happy to play for Norwich ... it's a new challenge for me and I'd like to discover more about the Premier League," Amadou told the club's website here.

“When I was young it was a dream to play in the Premier League, but the more I grew up, the more it became an objective. I had this opportunity right now and I’ve decided to take it. I will try to do my best in the Premier League.”

Amadou follows loan signings Patrick Roberts and Ralf Fahrmann into the club. Norwich have also completed permanent transfers for Josip Drmic and Sam Byram.

Norwich, who earned promotion to the top flight by winning the second-tier Championship, kick off their Premier League season with a trip to Liverpool on Friday.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by David Holmes