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Van Wolfswinkel eyes 'next level'


Ricky van Wolfswinkel had been linked with some of Europe's top clubs

Ricky van Wolfswinkel had been linked with some of Europe's top clubs

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Ricky van Wolfswinkel had been linked with some of Europe's top clubs

Record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel is in no doubt he can fire Norwich to the "next level" when the new Barclays Premier League campaign kicks off.

The 24-year-old will officially complete an £8.5million switch from Sporting Lisbon on July 1, after his return from international duty with Holland. Van Wolfswinkel netted 15 goals last season, including a brace in his final appearance for Sporting.

"I am sure I can help take Norwich to that next level now," Van Wolfswinkel told the June edition of Canary Magazine. "There is already a great team there and I hope I can add to that."

He added: "I will love working with the team and the coach and I see a very good future for us all - for me and for Norwich.

"The Premier League is always a place I have wanted to test myself. For me Norwich is the perfect club and the perfect place to be.

"Like every coach wants when they bring in a striker, he (Hughton) wants goals. Simple.

"He knows my qualities and said to me, 'just use them and you will score goals which will be really important for the team'."

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Hughton is expected to further strengthen the squad over the summer, when a decision is also expected to be made on whether veteran club captain Grant Holt will see out the remainder of his contract or move on.

With just 41 goals in 38 league games last season, it is no surprise Norwich are seeking more attacking additions. Sweden forward Ola Toivonen has been linked with switch from PSV Eindhoven, as has England Under-21 winger Nathan Redmond from Hughton's former club Birmingham.

Nigerian left-back Elderson Echiejile is also reported to be a target for the Canaries as they prepare for a pre-season tour to the west coast of the United States.

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