Nelson Oliveira has the magic Alex Neil wants at Norwich City

Benfica striker Nelson Oliveira (right) could be a big signing for Norwich City in Alex Neil's view.

Benfica striker Nelson Oliveira (right) could be a big signing for Norwich City in Alex Neil's view. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Norwich City's prospective new signing Nelson Oliveira is the man with magic in his boots.

Alex Neil confirmed on Friday the Canaries' expect to complete a permanent deal for the Benfica striker over the weekend after a summer-long chase for fresh firepower.

Reports in the Portuguese media claim Oliveria could cost the Canaries' an initial £4.2m fee, plus a series of add-ons, if the 25-year-old impresses in Norfolk.

Neil is tipping the Portuguese international to be a massive hit at Carrow Road after loan spells in English football at Swansea City and Nottingham Forest last season

'We have been chasing strikers for so long and all the bits we have seen and research we have done suggest he is going to be good. Let's hope he lives up to that,' said Neil. 'If you want to try and get promoted then signing players like Sergi Canos, Alex Pritchard and Oliveira people should look at that as good business.

'He has had a few loans and not been able to establish himself in one place. He needs to find a home and we are hoping that is going to be the case here. Swansea took him so they obviously felt he could do a job in the Premier League. To play for a club like Benfica and his country suggests there is something to work with. We have to give him the right environment to show what he can do. He is not just a big lump to stand in the box. He is a modern-day number nine. He is strong physically, he can run a channel and get him high up the pitch he has magic in his feet in and around the box. He has goals in him. I wouldn't see this is the final piece in the jigsaw, he is one piece but we hope to have a few more to add before the end of the window.'

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