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Norwich strike deal for Van Wolfswinkel

March 21, 2013
By ESPN staff

Norwich have struck a deal to sign Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel in the summer for a fee of £8.5 million.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel
GettyImagesVan Wolfswinkel was linked with Manchester United.

The Canaries almost signed Van Wolfswinkel in January, but now appear to have landed their man - first reported by Portuguese media outlet A Bola - as the Lisbon club are beset by financial issues.

Speaking to the Norwich City website, manager Chris Hughton said: “Ricky’s profile is a perfect fit for us - he’s young, ambitious and a proven goal-scorer. He has an excellent goal-scoring pedigree and he’s a young man very keen to continue his personal progression and to play in England.

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"He’s already an exciting talent but he still has more development as a player ahead of him. I’m delighted we’ve been able to agree a deal with Sporting Lisbon and with Ricky and we look forward to welcoming him to the squad in July, once all of the paperwork gets sorted out.” 

Van Wolfswinkel, 24, rose to prominence in the Dutch league with Utrecht and Vitesse, and has scored 39 goals in 81 appearances for Lisbon since he arrived in the summer of 2011.

The highly-rated striker was linked with Manchester United last summer, but Norwich stole a march on their rivals to seal his signature on July 1.