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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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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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