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Canaries seal Lupoli loan signing

Arturo Lupoli (right) in action for Derby against Norwich in March 2007.
Lupoli (right) played against Norwich during his loan spell at Derby

Former Arsenal striker Arturo Lupoli has joined Norwich on a season-long loan from Fiorentina.

The 21-year-old, who had a loan spell at Derby during his time with the Gunners, joined Fiorentina last summer but has yet to make his debut for them.

He was loaned to Serie B side Treviso last season and is relishing his return to English football.

"I'm very happy to be here and hope to contribute to a great season for Norwich City," he said.

"I know a lot about the club - I was with Arsenal when they and my team-mate David Bentley were in the Premier League and I have followed their progress."

Canaries manager Glenn Roeder said he was hoping to compliment the 21-year-old Italian's skills with another striker.

"He's an extremely hard working player, who works off the shoulder, makes runs in behind, now we need to find a more physical striker for him and [Jamie] Cureton," Roeder told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"Cureton is at his best when he's got a bigger striker alongside him."

Lupoli began his career in the Arsenal youth setup and spent a season at Derby before moving back to his home nation in 2007, and Roeder says he will fit right in the Championship.

He said: "I've done my homework on him and spoken to a few people at Arsenal who I trust.

"They said that at Championship level, like he proved at Derby, if you make him chances he'll take them."

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