Norwich City seal Dieumerci Mbokani signing; Ricky van Wolfswinkel joins Real Betis on loan
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Norwich City confirmed the signing of Congo international striker Dieumerci Mbokani on Monday night as Ricky van Wolfswinkel departed for Spanish side Real Betis on loan.
Dynamo Kiev hitman Mbokani travelled to England in the last 24 hours to undergo a medical and complete the paperwork on an initial season-long loan deal with an option to buy that will see him become the Canaries' sixth summer signing - subject to a successful work perrmit application.
City boss Alex Neil hinted the deal was close after Sunday's 3-0 Premier League defeat at Southampton.
'Dieumerci is going to give us competition at the top end of the pitch, and I think we've needed a bit of strengthening there,' he told the club's official site. 'He's a big, strong number nine - he can take the ball in, he's mobile and he's a real threat in the box. We're hoping all of those things come together for him.
'He's got a good track record and he's played Champions League football, so I think it's an exciting signing for us.'
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The 29-year-old Mbokani is an international team mate of Youssouf Mulumbu and has an impressive club pedigree after winning two Belgian First Division titles with Anderlecht before earning a big money move to Kiev in June 2013, where he has subsequently netted 19 times in 46 matches for the Ukrainian giants and played in their European campaigns.
Meanwhile, confirmation of van Wolfswinkel's departure to Betis came just after the Spanish transfer window closed, with the Seville-based club having an option to buy the frontman at the end of his loan period which runs to the end of the 2015/16 season.
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The Dutchman had been linked with Championship club Reading earlier in the day after being an unused substitute for Norwich's 3-0 defeat at St Mary's. City's record signing made one senior appearance this season, scoring the winner in last week's Capital One Cup win at Rotherham, Betis becomes the second loan stint of his Norwich career after a similar spell at St Etienne last season.
The French club elected not to take up an option to buy the striker after van Wolfswinkel scored nine goals in 25 appearances. Van Wolfswinkel then saw a proposed return to his former club Sporting Lisbon fall through earlier this summer after the Portuguese club pulled out of a deal.