New Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is raring to go ahead of the new Premier League season, after completing his move from Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon.

The 24-year-old officially completed his £8.5million move to Carrow Road on Monday - after the deal was initially announced back in March.

Van Wolfswinkel is Chris Houghton's first summer signing and according to reports, it won't be his last.

City, who eventually finished 11th in the Premier League last season, despite being in a relegation battle for the majority of the campaign, are also heavily linked with Birmingham's Nathan Redmond and also Liverpool's Jonjo Shelvey as Houghton looks to build a solid Premier League outfit.

The Dutch striker, who signed from Portugal, scored 15-goals last season for Lisbon and he believes that his presence can supply Norwich with more goals which is desperately needed after they found the back of the net only 41 times last season.

"I'm glad to be here and can't wait to get started," Van Wolfswinkel told reporters. "This is the perfect move for me.

"I had two great years at Sporting and I think I did a really good job there and did those fans proud.

"All the Dutch players that have played in the Premier League told me that this was the league to be in.

"Of course I can (score goals). There is nothing more important for me."

The Canaries manager Chris Houghton believes the striker will have no problems fitting in in England and expects him to be a great success at Carrow Road.

"I'm confident he can keep up his scoring record," Hughton said. "RVW is used to scoring goals and I'm sure he can adapt to the Premier League.

"It's a different game now and a lot of overseas players have come to the league recently and adapted very well.

"We're really looking forward to seeing him out there. Ricky wants to do well and he recognises his responsibility."


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