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Sunday 21 January 2018

Van Wolfswinkel hopes Norwich goals can turn Dutch heads

Jim van Wijk

Norwich's record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel hopes an impressive debut season in the Premier League can end with a place in Holland's World Cup squad.

The 24-year-old has officially completed an £8.5m switch from Sporting Lisbon and will join up with his new team-mates later this week ahead of a pre-season tour to the west coast of the United States.

Van Wolfswinkel (right) earned his second cap for the Dutch in their friendly against Indonesia in June, and feels the switch to England can only help boost his international profile.

"It would be great to be there (at the World Cup), for me and also for the club, for Norwich to have their players in the national teams," Van Wolfswinkel said at his unveiling.

"For me, it is of course a decision to go to Norwich for the future, to be there for the World Cup, but my main focus is Norwich.

"The Dutch squad is something extra, now I need to develop myself here. To score goals will be important for the team, then the national team will come later.

"The Portuguese League is not on the TV in Holland, the Premier League is, every day, so more people see you, and if you are in the news performing well, then the (Holland) coaches will see you also."

Norwich struggled to find the net over the second half of last season – before eventually scoring four against West Brom in their penultimate match and then three in the win at Manchester City on the final day.

Those victories saw them pull clear of the relegation zone and finish a creditable 11th.

The capture of Van Wolfswinkel shattered Norwich's previous transfer record by almost three times, and manager Chris Hughton is expected to further bolster his squad before they head out to America on July 15.

Norwich are also interested in bringing in England U-21 winger Nathan Redmond from Birmingham, Hughton's former club, and are said to be tracking Sweden international Ola Toivonen.

Club captain Grant Holt has also been linked with a move to Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace.

Hughton has insisted that England goalkeeper John Ruddy remains very much in his plans for next season, despite reports of a £5m bid from Chelsea.

Irish Independent

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