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By ESPN Staff

Ayala joins Norwich from Liverpool

Liverpool have announed that Norwich have completed the signing of defender Daniel Ayala.

Ayala, 20, spent four years at Anfield after joining the club from Sevilla in 2007 but made only five first-team appearances. He spent time on loan in the Championship with both Hull and Derby last season.

"Liverpool have confirmed Daniel Ayala has completed his transfer to Norwich City,'' said a statement on liverpoolfc.tv.

Norwich later confirmed the capture of Ayala on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee. The Spaniard becomes Paul Lambert's eighth summer addition as he looks to bolster a squad which secured successive promotions from League One to the Premier League.

Lambert feels Ayala will add some much-needed depth for the challenges ahead. Speaking last week to BBC Radio Norfolk, he said: "I just think you've got to have a lot of cover throughout the coming games and a long hard season.

"He's a young player and obviously played against us for Hull and Derby and I thought he was strong and aerial as well, he was somebody we thought could benefit the football club.''

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