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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
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

Norwich City land former QPR midfielder Gary O'Neil

Gary O'Neil has signed for Norwich City.
Gary O'Neil has signed for Norwich City. Credit: PA

Norwich City have signed midfielder Gary O'Neil on a free transfer.

The 31-year-old has agreed a two-year contract at Carrow Road.

O'Neil made over 30 appearance for QPR last season as they gained promotion to the Premier League, but was released this summer.

The former Portsmouth man won't be eligible to make his Canaries debut against Wolves on Sunday as he still needs to serve a one-match suspension.

He was sent off in QPR's play-off final win over Derby County in May.

Gary O'Neil brings down Derby County's Johnny Russell in last season's Play-Off final.
Gary O'Neil brings down Derby County's Johnny Russell in last season's play-off final. Credit: PA

“I’m really pleased. I trained with the lads this morning and I’m just ready to get going now.

It’s a good club that has still got loads of good players, so hopefully we’ll have a good year. They’re keen to get back to the Premier League, they have fantastic support and everyone I’ve spoken to has said what a great club it is and what a great area it is to live."

– Gary O'Neil, Norwich City

Norwich boss Neil Adams was equally pleased to get the deal wrapped up, and thinks that O'Neil's experience will prove to be a valuable asset.

“Gary’s a very experienced player. He’s featured in the Premier League and Championship all his career and he can play in a number of roles through the midfield.

He was with QPR when they achieved promotion to the Premier League, so he’s the precisely the sort of player needed."

– Neil Adams, Norwich City Manager

Read more: Bennett signs new Norwich deal

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Norwich City defender Ryan Bennett agrees new contract

Ryan Bennett has agreed a new three-year contract with Norwich City.
Ryan Bennett has agreed a new three-year contract with Norwich City. Credit: PA

Highly-rated Norwich City defender Ryan Bennett has agreed a new three-year contract with the club.

The 24-year-old joined the Canaries from Peterborough United in a deal thought to have exceeded £3million back in 2012.

Bennett will now stay at Carrow Road until the summer of 2017 and has already targeted a return to top flight.

"Signing is something I was looking to do and I couldn’t be happier to do it.

Personally and family wise, it’s been an unbelievable two years with everyone around the club and I’m very happy to extend that.

With the size of the club and the ambitions we've got for this season and the future – we want to be back in the Premier League which is where every player wants to be playing - signing this extension gives me a few extra years here and hopefully we can build that together."

– Ryan Bennett, Norwich City

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.

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

Joe Royle leaves Norwich City role, and Leroy Fer could also be heading for the exit door

Joe Royle has left Norwich City.
Joe Royle has left Norwich City. Credit: PA

Norwich City's football consultant has left the club - just a month into his new role.

Ex Ipswich boss Joe Royle only joined the Canaries backroom team in June, but he's tonight been handed a role at Premier League side Everton.

He'll help to develop young players at Goodison Park.

Leroy Fer (centre) could also be heading for the exit door.
Leroy Fer (centre) could also be heading for the exit door. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Canaries midfielder Leroy Fer could also be on his way according to reports in Holland.

The 24-year-old has been strongly linked with a £4.8million move to newly-promoted QPR in the dutch press.

In terms of arrivals, Norwich have welcomed former Tottenham Hotspur favourite Tony Parks to the club today as their new goalkeeping coach.

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East Anglian derby fixtures re-scheduled on police advice

The East Anglian football derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City has been re-scheduled on police advice. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The East Anglian football derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City has been re-scheduled on police advice.

It was due to be played at Portman Road, Ipswich on Saturday 23 August but has now been moved to noon on Sunday 24 August.

It's the first East Anglian derby since 2011 after Norwich City were relegated from Premier League.

The return fixture in Norwich in February will now kick off at 2pm instead of 3pm on 28 February for the same reason.

Snodgrass completes Tigers switch

Robert Snodgrass Credit: PA

Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass has completed his move to Hull City

The clubs agreed a fee for the 26-year-old on Thursday, understood to be a one-off payment of £7million, and personal terms have now been settled on the winger's switch to the KC Stadium.

Snodgrass, who had a year left on his deal, was the Canaries current Player of the Season.

Norwich City agree deal to sign Palermo hitman Kyle Lafferty

Kyle Lafferty in action for Northern Ireland.
Kyle Lafferty in action for Northern Ireland. Credit: PA

Norwich City are set to sign Palermo striker Kyle Lafferty for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old will officially join on July 1.

Ex Rangers man Lafferty has agreed a three-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months.

The Northern Ireland international scored 11 goals for Palermo last season as they gained promotion to Serie A, and joins Lewis Grabban as a new recruit at Carrow Road.

"Norwich is a team that wants to get promoted back to the Premier League at the first opportunity, so I’m excited to come here and start playing football for a team like this,” he told the club's official website.

“I’ve played in the Championship before and I’ve played against Norwich, and things I noticed about the club were the fans and the football they played.

“Speaking to the gaffer, everything he said and everything he wants me to do, it’s good to have someone like that believing in me. I can’t wait to get started.”

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