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Ricky van Wolfswinkel could back out of big-money Norwich move if they go down

Van Wolfswinkle move to Norwich could be scrapped if they fail to survive

By
Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

12:42 GMT, 17 April 2013

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UPDATED:

13:17 GMT, 17 April 2013

Norwich's swoop for Ricky van Wolfswinkel will come under serious threat if Chris Hughton's side are relegated.

The Holland international is due to join the Carrow Road club in the summer after the Canaries struck an 8.6million agreement with Sporting Lisbon.

Big money: The Dutchman agreed an 8.6million move to Carrow Road from Sporting Lisbon

Big money: The Dutchman agreed an 8.6million move to Carrow Road from Sporting Lisbon

But Sportsmail understands the forward, who is due to sign a four year deal with Norwich on July 1, has a clause in his contract that allows him to pull out of the move if the Norfolk club are relegated.

Van Wolfswinkel is a long-term target of Hughton, who will be desperate not to miss out on the 24-year-old.

After a worrying start to the season, the Canaries have managed to improve their form and currently sit in 14th place, four points off the drop zone.

But a poor end to the season could easily see them slump back into relegation trouble, which will leave Van Wolfswinkel's switch in jeopardy.

Goal machine: Van Wolfswinkel (above centre) would bring Hughton's men much-needed firepower next season, having scored just 31 goals this campaign

Goal machine: Van Wolfswinkel (above centre) would bring Hughton's men much-needed firepower next season, having scored just 31 goals this campaign

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Back in March, the 24-year-old was impressed by Hughton during discussions and became convinced Norwich is a team with potential.

‘The club is in the middle of the table and very ambitious, this summer they will be debt free and will get on strong,’ Van Wolfswinkel told Dutch magazine Voetbal International in March.

‘I had a good talk with the manager, Chris Hughton. He was very specific about my qualities and wants to build a strong team around him. That gives good trust.

‘The plan is also to bring in an attacking midfielder and two wide players this summer. With that, Norwich can look to play in the top half of the table.’

Robert Snodgrass

Grant Holt

Lacking up top: Robert Snodgrass (left) and Grant Holt (right) have just eleven goals between them all season

Hughton, who tried to sign 6ft 1in Van Wolfswinkel in January, wants more attacking options after having to deploy Grant Holt as a lone striker this season. Norwich have scored just 31 goals in 33 games, with top scorer Robert Snodgrass having netted just six times.

‘That a club would spend so much money, in these times, shows their faith in me,’ he said.

‘I have been to Norwich to look around and spoken to the manager and chief executive over their plans for the future. I don't know much about Norwich, but the city and the club surprised me – the stadium has 25,000 (capacity) and there are 5,000 fans on a waiting list for (season) tickets on top of that which shows the status of the club.’

Paul Lambert settlement reached between Norwich City and Aston Villa

Norwich and Aston Villa finally reach settlement over Lambert's controversial summer switch

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UPDATED:

21:56 GMT, 23 December 2012

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert and his former club Norwich have agreed a settlement over the dispute regarding his departure from Carrow Road.

Lambert and Norwich were both suing each other for breach of contract and the issue was due to go before a Premier League tribunal next month, but has now been resolved.

The Scot left Norwich in the summer after three successful years in which he led the Canaries to successive promotions and 12th place in the Barclays Premier League.

Settlement: Lambert saluted the Norwich fans on his return to Carrow Road

Settlement: Lambert saluted the Norwich fans on his return to Carrow Road

Lambert has always believed he did nothing wrong in the sense he was entitled to talk to any interested clubs.

Villa were also adamant that they acted in a proper manner and would have met the terms of Lambert's contract.

The two clubs issued a statement on Sunday evening which read: 'Paul Lambert, Norwich City and Aston Villa have agreed settlement in respect of the dispute regarding Paul Lambert's departure from Norwich City.

'Villa will pay Norwich City the original amount as agreed in the contract between Paul Lambert and Norwich City, and Norwich City will pay Paul Lambert the bonus he was entitled to after completion of the 2011/12 season.

Turning back the clock: Lambert celebrates promotion in May 2011

Turning back the clock: Lambert celebrates promotion in May 2011

'This represents a final settlement of all claims and disputes between the parties. No further comment will be made.'

Lambert had been upset when Norwich chairman Alan Bowkett made the dispute public at a fans' forum earlier this season and claimed he had left all of his previous clubs in a similar manner.

But Lambert said before the recent Capital One Cup quarter-final between the clubs that he hoped agreement could be reached in the dispute and that has now happened.

Henri Lansbury and Nathaniel Clyne pull out of England U21 squad to face Serbia

Injured duo Lansbury and Clyne pull out of England U21 squad to face Serbia

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UPDATED:

18:32 GMT, 10 October 2012

Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury and Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne have withdrawn from the England Under 21 squad for the European Championship play-off against Serbia because of injury.

Liverpool defender Jack Robinson has been called in as a replacement.

The first leg is at Norwich's Carrow Road ground on Friday night, with the return in Krusevac on Tuesday.

Injured: Lansbury

Injured: Lansbury

Earlier this week, manager Stuart Pearce saw Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand and Liverpool's Jonjo Shelvey promoted to the senior squad after Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs was forced out of the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland with a thigh problem.

England Under 21s will be hoping for a repeat of the performance they enjoyed on the last visit to Carrow Road two seasons ago, when Pearce's Young Lions beat Romania 2-1 which helped secure a place at the 2011 European Championships finals in Denmark.

'This play-off has been pencilled in for Norwich for a long while, simply because of how we have always been welcomed by the club and the fans in this neck of the woods,' Pearce told www.TheFA.com.

'It's a passionate area for football, they love their team and they also love England, so always give us great support at Carrow Road.

'This is somewhere the Under-21s have always enjoyed playing and I am delighted we're going back.'

Michael Turner signs for Norwich City

Turner winning prize for Hughton as Norwich capture Sunderland defender

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UPDATED:

17:29 GMT, 27 July 2012

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Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has completed the signing of Michael Turner from Sunderland on a two-year deal.

The former Hull City central joined the Black Cats in 2009 and will now extend his career in the Barclays Premier League at Carrow Road.

Turner becomes Hughton's fourth summer signing, joining Jacob Butterfield, Steven Whittaker, and Robert Snodgrass at the Norfolk outfit.

Turner prize: The former Hull City and Sunderland defender has joined Norwich

Turner prize: The former Hull City and Sunderland defender has joined Norwich

City Manager Hughton told Canaries.co.uk: 'I'm delighted to be able to bring Michael into the squad as he is a player with a wealth of Premier League experience.

'At 28 years old he is joining us at a good age, and I'm happy to have been able to welcome him to Norwich City.

'Like with Snodgrass, Butterfield, and Whittaker, it's nice to bring players in with a good amount of time left in pre-season so they are able to gel with the squad ahead of the first game of the season.'

Turner added: 'I'm delighted. The deal is all signed now and I'm happy to be here.

'The manager needs to want you first and foremost to get the ball rolling, and that was the key with Chris Hughton.

Mellow yellow: Tuner has joined the Canaries on a two-year deal

Mellow yellow: Tuner has joined the Canaries on a two-year deal

Aston Villa chief Paul Faulkner elected on to FA Council

Double celebration for Villa as Faulkner is elected on to the FA Council

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UPDATED:

15:07 GMT, 3 June 2012

Aston Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner has more reason to celebrate after being elected on to the FA Council.

Faulkner played a leading role in Villa securing the services of Paul Lambert from Norwich as their new manager in succession to Alex McLeish.

Now the 33-year-old's growing reputation in the game has been recognised via his elevation to the council which meets to discuss and determine the major policies of the FA.

Election: Aston Villa's Paul Faulkner (right) will sit on the FA Council

Election: Aston Villa's Paul Faulkner (right) will sit on the FA Council

He said: 'For Villa to have a voice on the council is great for the club. There is prestige but also value in having representation on the council.

'I'm pleased and proud as Villa chief executive that our efforts as a club over a number of seasons have been recognised and rewarded in this way.'

Faulkner is delighted that Villa have secured the young, hungry and ambitious manager he and club owner Randy Lerner sought after dispensing with McLeish's services three weeks ago.

Villa expect to officially unveil Lambert at a media conference in mid-week after the Scot signed a three- year contract.

Villa bound: Paul Lambert

Villa bound: Paul Lambert

It is reported that Lambert would also like to bring his assistant Ian Culverhouse from Norwich to Villa while striker Grant Holt is also being linked with a move from Carrow Road.

Lambert and Culverhouse have worked together since linking up at Colchester.

Former Villa and Norwich striker John Deehan, who also had a spell as chief scout at the Canaries, believes Lambert will be an ideal appointment for the midlands club.

He said: 'Paul is a very good manager and his record proves that.

'The most important thing is that he can get in his own players because we've seen what he can do with his own team.

'He managed to build an entertaining side and, more than anything, is what the majority of Villa supporters want.

'Possibly the lure of what Aston Villa can bring is the reason why Paul is coming, the possibility of getting back into Europe and challenging in the top eight on a regular basis.'

Norwich 1 Fulham 1: Simeon Jackson earns a point for Canaries

Norwich 1 Fulham 1: Super Simeon! Late Jackson goal earns draw for Canaries

Simeon Jackson came off the bench to grab a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser as Norwich rescued a draw from the Barclays Premier League clash with Fulham at Carrow Road.

Portugal forward Orlando Sa had netted after just six minutes to put the visitors on course for a rare away win.

Norwich, though, continued to press and just when time was running out, Jackson nodded in Elliott Bennett”s right-wing cross to earn Paul Lambert”s men a deserved share of the points.

Super sub: Simeon Jackson celebrates his stoppage time goal

Super sub: Simeon Jackson celebrates his stoppage time goal

MATCH FACTS

Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Whitbread, Ayala, Naughton, Pilkington (Bennett 80), Johnson, Fox (Holt 46), Surman, Hoolahan, Morison (Jackson 69).

Subs Not Used: Rudd, Crofts, Barnett, Wilbraham.

Goal: Jackson 90+4

Fulham: Stockdale, Kelly, Hangeland, Senderos, John Arne Riise, Ruiz, Murphy (Etuhu 65), Dempsey, Frei (Duff 80), Orlando Sa (Sidwell 79), Dembele.

Subs Not Used: Etheridge, Baird, Kasami, Hughes.

Goal: Sa 7

Attendance: 26,406

Referee: Howard Webb

The Canaries manager had made four changes from the side easily beaten here by Tottenham on December 27.

However, his side failed to keep a clean sheet as it took only six minutes before their defence was breached.

Moussa Dembele was allowed to charge to the edge of the penalty area before feeding Sa, who drilled a low shot past John Ruddy into the bottom right corner.

The home side were almost 2-0 down before they could mount a recovery, with full-back Kyle Naughton on handto clear an effort off the line from lively Portugal striker Sa.

Slowly Norwich managed to get some possession, and a spell of pressure saw Bradley Johnson set up just inside the Fulham box, but his sidefoot effort was deflected behind.

Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale then knocked the ball up off the underside of the crossbar from Zak Whitbread”s header, before John Arne Riise blocked Steve Morison”s close-range effort.

Inch perfect: Orlando Sa curls his shot past John Ruddy in the Norwich goal

Inch perfect: Orlando Sa curls his shot past John Ruddy in the Norwich goal

Well done: Sa celebrates his goal with Martin Jol

Well done: Sa celebrates his goal with Martin Jol

Norwich remained on the offensive, but continued to lack a telling final pass when in promising positions.

The visitors broke quickly on 32 minutes and came close to a second goal when Clint Dempsey”s close-rangeheader cannoned back off the crossbar from a right-wing cross by Stephen Kelly.

Kerim Frei charged forwards, brushingoff Daniel Ayala far too easily before rifling in an 18-yard effort which John Ruddy beat away.

When Norwich finally managed to get the ball into the Fulham half, once again there was no outlet to support Morison.

Captain Grant Holt – the club”s leading scorer with seven goals – was sent on for the start of the second half, replacing midfielder David Fox as Lambert looked to inject new life into the Norwich attack.

Fulham, though, did not look too stretched by the change as Philippe Senderos and Brede Hangeland remained untroubled.

The visitors continued to counter-attack well, with Sa their main threat.

When Norwich did get a man over down the left and Morison pulled the ball back across goal, Anthony Pilkington”s effort was blocked by Riise.

New Year celebrations: The Fulham players congratulate Orlando Sa after his early goal at Carrow Road

New Year celebrations: The Fulham players congratulate Orlando Sa after his early goal at Carrow Road

Life of Bryan: Fulham

Life of Bryan: Fulham”s Ruiz battles with Kyle Naughton

Naughton shaved the top of the crossbar with an angled drive when the home side pressed again as the hour mark approached.

Sa was bundled over by Ayala to give away a free-kick some 25 yards out, just right of the penalty arc. The ball was touched back to Riise to strike, but Whitbread got his body behind it.

Tough battle: Moussa Dembele fights for the ball with Bradley Johnson

Tough battle: Moussa Dembele fights for the ball with Bradley Johnson

Ending on a high: Norwich City owner Delia Smith has had a good 2011 with the club

Ending on a high: Norwich City owner Delia Smith has had a good 2011 with the club

With 20 minutes left, Lambert made another attacking change when diminutive Canada frontman Jackson came on for Morison.

Andrew Surman flashed a 20-yard drive wide as Norwich continued to press for an equaliser.
Stockdale soon had to turn away a curling effort from Jackson, before the Fulham keeper then held onto Whitbread”s towering header.

To their credit, Norwich continued to press Fulham back, as Holt headed over from close range.
Then, deep into five minutes of stoppage time, the pressure finally told as Jackson nodded in Bennett”s cross to snatch a point.

Rising high: Jackson heads Norwich level

Rising high: Jackson heads Norwich level

Late drama: Jackson scores for Norwich late into the game

Late drama: Jackson scores for Norwich late into the game