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

Ricky van Wolfswinkel looks set to leave Norwich City.
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.
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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Ipswich Town clinch deal for Mauritian midfielder Bru

Kevin Bru signs his contract at Portman Road.
Kevin Bru signs his contract at Portman Road. Credit: Ipswich Town Football Club

Ipswich Town have agreed a deal to sign Mauritian midfielder Kévin Bru.

Bru, who has been on trial with the club this summer, has put pen to paper on a one year contract with the option of a further 12 months.

The 25-year-old is Town's second signing of the day, following the capture of giant Hungarian striker Bálint Bajner.

Bru was released by Bulgarian side Levski Sofia.

Read more: Town sign giant Hungarian striker

Ipswich Town honour the memory of Sir Bobby Robson

Bobby Robson died five years ago.
Bobby Robson died five years ago. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town are today honouring the memory of their former manager Sir Bobby Robson.

It's five years to the day since he died from cancer, and the anniversary coincides with some remarkable news concerning what the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has raised in the fight against the disease.

When the former Town and England manager set up the foundation, the target was £500,000. Instead, it has raised an astonishing £7.3 million

His widow Lady Elsie Robson said:

"We've achieved far more than we ever expected.

He (Mr Robson) would be astonished to know what we've achieved and what we've done with the money. It unites people who are interested in football and affected by cancer. It unites them somehow across our region and beyond."

– Lady Elsie Robson

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation was set up after he was inspired by his oncologist Professor Ruth Plummer, who told him funding for research was needed.

Today Lady Elsie is at Ipswich Town's Portman Road stadium for what's been designated as the Bobby Robson Open day.

She'll receive a cheque for the foundation from the Football Association.

It's being held in conjunction with the football club's open day.

The highlight will be dozens of Ipswich fans joining the players and management in creating the biggest ever team photograph.

The new league season begins in just over a week's time.

Ipswich Town seal move for Hungarian striker Bajner

Bálint Bajner has joined Ipswich Town.
Bálint Bajner has joined Ipswich Town. Credit: Ipswich Town Football Club

Ipswich Town have signed Hungarian striker Bálint Bajner on a one-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months.

The former Borussia Dortmund man has been on trial with Town over the summer, and scored in a recent 2-1 friendly win against Southend United.

23-year-old Bajner has been capped by Hungary at under 19 level, and previously spent a season on loan at West Ham United back in 2008.

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Spurs youngster signs on loan for Peterborough

Kenny McEvoy
Kenny McEvoy playing for Spurs Credit: PA

Peterborough United have announced their latest signing.

Tottenham starlet Kenny McEvoy has joined the London Road side on a season-long youth loan.

The 19-year-old winger says he hopes to break into the first team. He told the club website: "It is good that I have been able to join in pre-season as I can get to know the lads before the season starts."

More on the club website.

Southend United land former Rotherham winger Worrall

David Worrall in action (right) in action for Oldham Athletic last season.
David Worrall in action (right) in action for Oldham Athletic last season. Credit: PA

Southend United have completed the signing of former Rotherham United winger David Worrall.

The 24-year-old's contract with the Championship newcomers was terminated by mutual consent last week.

He's agreed a two-year contract in Essex.

Worrall made his name at Bury, where he made over 140 appearances. He spent time on loan at Oldham Athletic last season.

Shrimpers boss Phil Brown says that he's delighted to have attracted Worrall to Roots Hall.

"He’ll bring a huge amount to this football club.

We identified him early on this pre-season as a target and someone we thought would really help our promotion push next season, but we knew there was lots of interest."

– Phil Brown, Southend United manager

Norwich City knock back QPR offer for Leroy Fer

Leroy Fer celebrates scoring for Holland at the World Cup.
Leroy Fer celebrates scoring for Holland at the World Cup. Credit: PA

Norwich City have rejected an offer from QPR for midfielder Leroy Fer, according to reports in London.

West London Sport says that Rangers have seen their initial bid rebuffed, but are likely to return with an improved offer.

Fer is still on holiday after starring for Holland at the World Cup, and Canaries boss Neil Adams has previously stated his desire to keep the 24-year-old at Carrow Road.

However, QPR manager Harry Redknapp is a known admirer of Fer and admitted his interest in the player earlier this week.

'He's a good player. You don't play in the Dutch team if you're not a good player.

If he's available I'm sure plenty of people will be interested."

– Harry Redknapp, QPR manager
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