Norwich City in line to recoup more than £7.25m if Ricky van Wolfswinkel is a success at St Etienne
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Norwich City's club record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel completed his initial season-long loan move to St Etienne on Tuesday night in a deal which could eventually top £7.25m.
The Canaries have negotiated an up front fee of £1.25m with the Greens paying all of van Wolfswinkel's salary during his loan stint in France. St Etienne then have an option to seal a permanent move for the 25-year-old for an additional £6m figure, with City also securing a 20pc cut of any future transfer deal should van Wolfswinkel make a success of his spell in Ligue One.
The prospective financial package is on a par with City's outlay to entice the striker from Sporting Lisbon 12 months ago prior to enduring a tough debut season in the Premier League. Van Wolfswinkel failed to add to his solitary goal in 27 appearances scored on his top flight debut against Everton during an injury-hit Carrow Road spell.
The Dutchman was ruled out for three months after undergoing surgery on an ankle problem but was unable to add to his meagre tally to help the club avoid relegation.
Van Wolfswinkel follows Robert Snodgrass out of Carrow Road this summer after the Scot's club record sale, but Canaries' chief Neil Adams praised van Wolfswinkel's professionalism after completing his move.
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'I can't speak highly enough about how professional Ricky has been even though he had a difficult first season at the club,' he said. '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. He has been no problem at all.'
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