Van Wolfswinkle move to Norwich could be scrapped if they fail to survive
12:42 GMT, 17 April 2013
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
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
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.’
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.’