Van Wolfswinkel moves to French club

Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has joined French side St Etienne on a season-long loan.

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Van Wolfswinkel joins Saint-Étienne

Norwich City's record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel has joined French club Saint-Étienne on a season-long loan.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel Credit: PA Images

The 25-year-old moved to Carrow Road last summer for a fee approaching £8.5million but only scored one goal in 27 appearances as the Canaries were relegated from the Premier League.

It's thought that Saint-Étienne have the option to buy the Dutchman at the end of the loan spell for €6million (£4.75million).

I can't speak highly enough about how professional Ricky has been, even though he had a difficult first season at the club.

His attitude has been first class, and this move represents an opportunity for him to play regularly and get back to scoring goals in the way he has done in the past. We wish him the best of luck.

– Neil Adams, Norwich City Manager

Reports: Ricky van Wolfswinkel on the verge of Norwich City exit

Ricky van Wolfswinkel looks set to leave Norwich City. Credit: PA

Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is set to sign for French club Saint-Étienne on a season-long loan deal, according to reports across the channel.

Reputable newspaper L'Équipe says that the 25-year-old will undergo a medical today and that Saint-Étienne will pay his entire salary.

The paper also says that Les Verts will have the option to buy van Wolfswinkel at the end of the loan for a fee of €6million.

Van Wolfswinkel became Norwich's record signing when he joined for £8.5million from Sporting Lisbon last summer, but he struggled for form in his first season in England - only scoring once.

Van Wolfswinkel is seen as a replacement for Brandão. Credit: PA

Saint-Étienne, who finished 4th in Ligue 1 last season, see the Dutchman as an ideal replacement for Brazilian forward Brandão who moved to Bastia this week.

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