Norwich have finalised a €10 million deal for Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel according to reports in Portugal.

A Bola report that the deal was sealed today and was rushed through in order to help ease Sporting's financial woes - however the ailing club will only receive 35% of the fee with the rest going to his third-party owners.

The Dutch striker, who has a €22 million buyout-clause in his contract, has impressed for Lisbon since joining in 2011, and hit 14 goals in his first season with the club.

That prompted reports he could be on his way to the Premier League, with Tottenham and Manchester United said to be amongst his suitors.

Indeed, Manchester United assistant boss Mike Phelan confirmed last season that the Red Devils were monitoring the highly-rated forward with a view of taking him to Old Trafford.

He said: ‘We’ve known Van Wolfswinkel for a long time. He’s a young striker, very talented, who has developed well in the last few seasons.’

The 24-year-old's form has dipped somewhat this season as his side continue to struggle in the Primeira Liga, but that didn't stop the likes of Tottenham, Newcastle and Liverpool casting an eye over him in January.


Spurs in particular appeared to be showing an interest in Van Wolfswinkel before the setting their sights on a last-minute move for Leandro Damiao to solve their striker problems.

However it appears as though Norwich have stolen a march on their rivals by agreeing a €10 million deal with Sporting that will see the striker head to Carrow Road in the summer.

The Canaries have appeared short of firepower this season, and have scored just 28 goals in their 30 Premier League matches.

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