German midfielder Lukas Rupp became Norwich's first permanent signing of the 2020s when he joined on 13th January 2020 from 1899 Hoffenheim for an undisclosed fee. He signed a contract until the summer of 2022.
After starting his career with Karlsruher in 2008, for whom he made 26 first team appearances, Rupp has since gone on to play top-flight football in Germany with Borussia Monchengladbach, Paderborn, Stuttgart and Hoffenheim. He moved to Monchengladbach in 2011 and made 34 appearances. Struggling to become a first team regular, he was loaned to Paderborn in 2012. He then joined Paderborn on a free transfer in the summer of 2014.
After Paderborn's relegation at the end of the 2014/15 season, Rupp signed for Stuttgart. He made 29 appearances, scoring 5 goals but his performances were the 'bright light in a season to forget' as Stuttgart were relegated. After speculation linking him with Middlesbrough, he joined 1899 Hoffenheim for 6 million Euro, reportedly, in June 2016. He had made 43 appearances at the time of his transfer to Norwich. He has also played for Germany's Under-20s and in the Champions League and Europa League.
Norwich manager Daniel Farke added: "Lukas is a great guy who has a lot of experience. He's played for some very big clubs in Germany and has a lot of game time in the Bundesliga. He's a versatile player who can play in a number of positions in the midfield and has also played at full-back."
Rupp made his debut for Norwich as a 90th minute substitute in the 1-0 home win over Bournemouth on 18th January 2020 and his first start came on 24th January in the 2-1 defeat away at Spurs.