Date: 15th June 2011 at 7:20pm
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Former Ipswich Town captain David Norris has agreed to join Championship rivals Portsmouth.

Norris was released by Town at the end of the season after failing to agree a new contract at Portman Road having turned down the offer of a two year deal. The 30-year-old, who scored 11 goals in all competitions this season to earn the Players’ Player of the Year Award, had reportedly been the subject of a failed £250,000 bid from Portsmouth in January. However, the south coast club have now been able to secure a free transfer deal for Norris, who will officially complete the switch to Fratton Park as soon as his Town contract expires in July.

Portsmouth manager Steve Cotterill was very pleased to have completed the deal having been interested in Norris for quite some time. ‘David has stayed patient while we waited for the takeover and I’m delighted to have finally got him,’ Cotterill told BBC Radio Solent. ‘We missed out on three or four free transfers while we waited for the takeover to be finalised, but David really wanted to come here.’

‘He’s been captain of Ipswich, which is a fantastic club, and he also brings goals with him. He’s a top lad and we’re really looking forward to working with him.’

Opinion on Norris and his departure remains divided, though Ipswich will undoubtedly need a replacement for the former Plymouth Argyle man. Town manager Paul Jewell has yet to add to his midfield so far this summer, with the boss revealing earlier in the week that the Blues would not be able to bring Jimmy Bullard back to Portman Road.

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