Hughton hails 8.5m Van Wolfswinkel capture as Norwich strengthen frontline
23:53 GMT, 22 March 2013
18:57 GMT, 23 March 2013
Norwich City are to smash their club
record transfer fee with the 8.5million signing of sought-after Holland
striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon.
The 6ft 1in Van Wolfswinkel has agreed a four-year contract following three days of negotiations between the clubs.
The 24-year-old, a one-time transfer
target for Liverpool and Tottenham, will arrive at Carrow Road on July 1
after seeing out the season with the Portuguese club.
On the move: Norwich City have signed Ricky Van Wolfswinkel (centre)
Norwich manager Chris Hughton said: 'Ricky's profile is a perfect fit for us – he's young, ambitious and a proven goalscorer.
'He has an excellent goalscoring pedigree and he is very keen to continue his personal progression and play in England.
'He's already an exciting talent but he still has more development as a player ahead of him.
'I'm delighted we have been able to agree a deal with Sporting Lisbon and with Ricky.
'Now we look forward to welcoming him to the squad in July, once all of the paperwork gets sorted out.'
Great name: Van Wolfswinkel has scored 13 goals in Portugal this term
Van Wolfswinkel has so far scored 82 goals in 188 appearances for Sporting and his Dutch sides Utrecht and Vitesse Arnhem.
He netted 25 goals for Sporting last season and has added another 14 so far in the current campaign.
Sporting were reluctant sellers but massive club debts have forced them to part with their prized forward.
Van Wolfswinkel's only senior cap for Holland came in August 2010 for a friendly against Ukraine.
His arrival easily beats Norwich's
previous record transfer fee, the 5.5m paid to Tottenham for Cameroon
central defender Sebastien Bassong last summer.