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James Vaughan

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Norwich Career: 2011-13  (6 appearances)
Current Club: Wigan
Date of Birth: 14.07.1988 (Birmingham) 
Nationality: English

Biography

Everton striker James Vaughan became Norwich's first signing after clinching promotion to the Premiership at the end of the 2010/11 season. The 22 year old striker signed a three year contract for a fee reported to be £1.5million.

The England Under-21 international spent much of the previous 2010/11 season on loan at Championship club Crystal Palace, scoring nine goals in 30 games

"I've got no worries. I think he'll do great. He was a handful for Palace and more than helped them stay up," said Norwich boss Paul Lambert. "He's a terrific lad. He's been in the Premier League before and scored goals at that level. Sometimes, when kids burst on the scene, pretty early it can take a bit of time before that newness goes away. He just needs a fresh start I think and Norwich can provide that for him.

Vaughan became the youngest Premier League goalscorer when he scored on his Everton debut, at the age of 16 years and 271 days, in the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace at Goodison Park in April 2005. But his time with the Toffees was disrupted by injury and he struggled to establish a first team place, heading off on loan spells at Derby, Leicester and eventually Palace

At the time of signing, he has 4 England Under-21 caps and has also been capped at Under-17 and Under-19 levels.

Injured during pre-season, Vaughan made his Norwich debut on 11th September 2011 in the televised home clash with West Brom that City lost 1-0. He received a face wound aftr being elbowed in the face by Baggies' defender Gabrial Tamas, and needed hospital treatment.

Vaughan was injured in his third appearance for City, against Sunderland, damaging his knee and requiring surgery that kept him out of action for three to four months. He ended up only making 6 appearances all season.

All summer long speculation linked Vaughan with loan moves to Huddersfield, Derby, Blackburn or Birmingham. Despite good pre-season form, he was allowed to join Huddersfield on a season long loan on 24th August 2012. He finished as the Championship side’s top scorer and player of the season. He scored 14 goals in 37 appearances.

Although Huddersfield were heavily linked with a permanent move for Vaughan, Midlands reports ath the beginning of June 2013 suggested Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday are also interested.

On 3rd July 2013, Vaughan returned to Huddersfield signing a three year deal for an undisclosed fee. Terriers’ chief Mark Robins told his club’s official site on Wednesday evening Vaughan’s permanent return is a signal of intent. “James’ arrival is a significant signing for the club. One that I know our supporters will be very pleased with after his excellent debut season in a Huddersfield Town shirt. Equally, I’m delighted that we have secured his services.”

At the end of November 2013, James was linked with a £6million switch to Celtic

On 26th November 2015, Vaughan was loaned to Birmingham City until 2nd January 2016. Vaughan had scored 33 goals in 95 games for Huddersfield but lost his place at struggling Huddersfield at the start of the 2015/16 season, having so far made just four substitute appearances. In January 2016, he extended his loan from Huddersfield to Birmingham until the end of the season, with a permanent offer at St Andrews being offered in the summer

He was released by Huddersfield on 10th May 2016. He had scored 19 goals in 58 appearances for the Terriers. He then signed for Birmingham. He left Birmingham by mutual consent on 24th August 2016 after making just one appearance and signed a two year deal with Bury. He scored on his debut - a 3-3 draw away at Walsall on 27th August 2016.

After scoring 24 goals for Bury in 2016/17, he was snapped up by Sunderland on 13th July 2017 signing a two year contract with the Black Cats reportedly paying Bury £900,000 for his services. after playing 25 games for the Black Cats, scoring twice, Vaughan moved to League One leaders Wigan on 12th January 2018 for an undisclosed fee, signing an eighteen month contract. Manager Paul Cook said "James brings added experience and firepower. This time last year, James was amongst the leading goal-scorers in this division and I think it speaks volumes of the club that we have been able to bring him here."


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