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Van Wolfswinkel: I can take Norwich to the next level

13 June 2013 16:07

Norwich City signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel is confident he can improve the club's standing in the Premier League.

The Netherlands international scored 15 goals for Sporting in the Primeira Liga last season and will officially join on July 1 for a club-record transfer fee of 8.5 million pounds.

Norwich secured an 11th-placed finish in the league last season but at times looked like they could become embroiled in a battle to avoid relegation.

But Van Wolfswinkel believes he can add the goals to move the club towards the top half of the table.

"I am sure I can help take Norwich to that next level now," he told Canary Magazine.

"There is already a great team there and I hope I can add to that.

"I will love working with the team and the coach and I see a very good future for us all - for me and for Norwich.

"The Premier League is always a place I have wanted to test myself. For me Norwich is the perfect club and the perfect place to be.

"Like every coach wants when they bring in a striker, he (Chris Hughton) wants goals. Simple.

"He knows my qualities and said to me, 'just use them and you will score goals which will be really important for the team."

The Carrow Road outfit are expected to add other attacking options to their squad after scoring just 41 goals in the Premier League last year.

But manager Hughton does not oversee a huge overhaul of the playing staff.

"I don't think the summer has to be drastic," he commented.

"If you bring players in it is because you feel they will improve what you have got. Our aim is to continue to develop.

"We have to do things in a financially viable way.

"We are in a good way at the moment and we have to make sure we stay that way be working within our budgets, within our means and being sensible about everything."

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