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Norwich agree deal with PSV for Swedish striker

Ola Toivonen must now agree personal terms. (©GettyImages)
Ola Toivonen must now agree personal terms. (©GettyImages).

Norwich City have moved to the forefront in the race to sign Swedish forward Ola Toivonen from PSV Eindhoven with Sky Sports reporting that a fee has been agreed between the two clubs.

After two successful seasons in the Premier League Norwich appear to be looking to bigger things this summer with Chris Hughton intent on taking the club to a regular mid table position. 

This ambition has been reflected in the club's transfer policy already this summer with Dutch international striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel being brought in from Sporting Lisbon.

Both Toivonen and van Wolfswinkel possess significant European experience with Hughton looking to increase the quality of his forward line, which has been all too reliant on Grant Holt over the past two seasons.

Ola Toivonen is a very versatile player with the Swede having the qualities to play as an out and out centre forward looking to get into the penalty area and score goals as well as being able to drop just off the forwards and play in the attacking midfield role looking to get shots away from the edge of the penalty area very much like Frank Lampard has done over the years at Chelsea. 

Toivonen had been a mainstay in Erik Hamren's Sweden squad right up to and throughout last summer's Euro 2012 campaign with the PSV being an integral support element to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The signature of Ola Toivonen whilst exceptional in terms of the quality of player being brought into Carrow Road, it does also possess an element of risk in terms of the player's fitness.

Ola Toivonen missed four months of the 2012-2013 campaign through a torn tendon, which restricted the Swede to just seventeen appearances in Dutch Eredivisie all season where he notched just seven goals. 

Chris Hughton will certainly be hoping Toivonen is over his injury worries and will be able to play a large amount of games for the club next term.

The 26 old striker had one year left on his current contract with the Eindhoven club and a move to Norwich City had been doing the rounds in the rumour mill since the close of the 2012-2013 campaign. However, it appeared as though Norwich would have to settle on the single signing of van Wolfswinkel due to Toivonen's £4million asking price being too high. 

This stance appears to have changed in the last few hours or so with PSV direct Marcel Brands confirming the deal between the two clubs to a Swedish media outlet: "We have reached an agreement with Norwich for Ola... now it's entirely up to him to decide whether he wants to move."

This move comes in the wake of PSV completing deals for Jeffrey Bruma and Florian Jozefzoon, with the latter having particularly impressed at the recent European Under-21 championships. 

It is thought the sale of Toivonen might have been rushed through in the past hours in order for PSV to fund their drive to bring playmaker Adam Maher to the club.


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