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Jun 13, 2013

Van Wolfswinkel targets 'next level'

New Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has told Canary Magazine he can help take the club to the "next level", adding: "The Premier League is a place I have always wanted to test myself."

Van Wolfswinkel will become the Canaries' record signing when he officially completes an £8.5 million switch from Sporting Lisbon on July 1.

The Netherlands international hit 15 goals for the Portuguese club last season, and Norwich boss Chris Hughton hopes he can make a similar impression in East Anglia.

Hughton's side struggled for firepower last season, scoring only 41 in their 38 league games and suffered a difficult run of results after Christmas before winning their final two games to finish 11th.

Van Wolfswinkel said: "I am sure I can help take Norwich to that next level now.

"As every coach wants when they bring in a striker, he [Hughton] wants goals. He knows my qualities and said to me: 'Just use them and you will score goals which will be really important for the team.'

"There is already a great team here, and I hope I can add to that. 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 a place I have always wanted to test myself. For me, Norwich is the perfect club and the perfect place to be."

Hughton is expected to make further signings as he looks to add to Norwich's options after a season in which he steered the club to a ten-match unbeaten run, including six wins, before Christmas.

A move for PSV Eindhoven's Sweden international Ola Toivonen has been mooted, while winger Nathan Redmond - with whom Hughton worked during his time as Birmingham manager - and Braga defender Elderson Echiejile are other reported targets.

But the manager, who succeeded Paul Lambert at Carrow Road last summer, said: "I don't think the summer has to be drastic. If you bring players in, it is because you feel they will improve what you have got.

"Our aim is to continue to develop. We have to do things in a financially viable way, within our means and being sensible about everything."

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