Football - Van Wolfswinkel sees high-flying future for Canaries

Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is in no doubt he has joined a club going places after signing for Norwich.

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The 24-year-old Holland international is set to join the Canaries on July 1 from Sporting Lisbon in a four-year deal, the transfer reported to be worth £8million.

Chris Hughton's men are slowly edging towards another season in the Barclays Premier League, lying seven points clear of the drop zone heading into the final eight games.

And Van Wolfswinkel feels next season will see the Norfolk club looking up towards a top-10 finish.

In an interview with Dutch magazine Voetbal International, Van Wolfswinkel said: "The club is in the middle of the table and very ambitious, this summer they will be debt free and will get on strong.

"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."

Hughton, who tracked Van Wolfswinkel during the January transfer window along with Celtic striker Gary Hooper, believes the 6ft 2ins frontman can bring some much-needed goal power to his side, who have often deployed captain Grant Holt as a lone striker this season.

Van Wolfswinkel is determined to repay that confidence next season.

"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."

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