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Norwich City’s central defender Michael Turner has linked up with Championship strugglers Fulham on an emergency loan deal until the end of the season.

The 31-year-old had not featured under Alex Neil in recent weeks since a 70-minute outing in the home league win over Blackpool – the last of his 24 appearances for the Canaries this season.

Turner will not be eligible to face his parent club in their regular season finale on May 2 at Carrow Road but could make his Cottager’ debut at Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.

Turner had been at Fulham’s Motspur Park training base on Thursday to conclude the deal. The Lewisham-born defender has been allocated the number 18 shirt.

“I’m very pleased to have the deal done. As soon as I learned of Fulham’s interest I wanted to come here straight away. I just want to come in and try and make a big influence on the team,” Turner said.

The Cottagers sit fourth from bottom in the Championship with 10 games left but have a eight-point buffer to Wigan and Millwall who occupy two of the three relegation places with Blackpool cut adrift.

Fulham were hammered 5-1 at home to title contenders Bournemouth last weekend and have games against promotion-chasing Brentford and Middlesbrough in addition to a final day trip to Carrow Road over the run-in.

The emergency loan window closes on March 26.