Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s loan move to Saint Etienne set to be confirmed

Ricky van Wolfswinkel celebrates scoring Norwich City's second goal during a 2-2 draw with Everton at Carrow Road on the first day of last season - which turned out to be the only goal the Dutchman would score all season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Ricky van Wolfswinkel celebrates scoring Norwich City's second goal during a 2-2 draw with Everton at Carrow Road on the first day of last season - which turned out to be the only goal the Dutchman would score all season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Sunday, August 3, 2014
6:18 PM

Ricky van Wolfwinkel’s loan exit from Norwich City will be confirmed tomorrow, according to French sports newspaper L’Equipe.

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The 25-year-old Dutchman had a medical with Saint Etienne on Friday ahead of prospective season-long loan deal, with a view to a permanent transfer of around £4.75million.

Canaries boss Neil Adams confirmed that van Wolfswinkel was in talks with the Ligue Un side, after a disastrous first season which saw the striker score just one goal following his £8.5m transfer from Sporting Lisbon.

L’Equipe is today reporting that van Wolfswinkel passed his medical on Friday and will return to Saint Etienne to complete the deal on Monday.

Saint Etienne finished fourth in the French top flight last season, qualifying for the Europa League.

49 comments

  • I expect the Frogs are taking him on, after seeing the same DVD hawked to us, it ain't the best of "RvW @ Norwich City. Personally I wish him well, if he don't perform he'll be back next August.

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    OLDYELLA

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Hi Bore de man Positive as ever eh are you another ROOT EDGES from down the A12 If you are then I understand

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    Monday, August 4, 2014

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    Howell Henry

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Igno, I don`t think the book-burning day has a barbecue for actual food; they major on cream teas and scones etc. So leave your self-Hannibaling for another day. That userer chappie seems to have been chucked out by Archie PDQ. Well done, Arch!! ;-) PS, Igno - I`ve seen Briston`s local butcher in action. He wouldn`t like competition from faarinners. Looks a bit like a character from a Steven King story. Leland Gaunt. Sinister.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • I'm thinking of changing my monika to Shylock. Can I them come and roast my pound of flesh at the book burning BBQ Mr. B?..... Interesting article on Fer. It's all too exciting !

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    Igno Rance

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Mr John Emmanuel I think you may have found the wrong site. You ought to try The East Anglian Daily Times. 1p5wich are right up for loans.

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    B Inners

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Go away John. We use Wonga for our loans. I kind of like those grotesque puppets they use in the ads. In fact one looks a little like me.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Is there not a dedicated message board for usurers?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Go away, John Emmanuel

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • So Bewilderwood really was the Great Motivator, Fagen? I think that was a bilateral mistake, C-C-G. It all started to go wrong when Hyacinth p****d off the "impatient" Lambert, and compounded that by telling Holty he was "too old" for a longer contract. Add to that, the long doomed relationship twixt Holt and Calderdash, the feebleness of Hughton, and the dominance of Chrissy`s master, Robert, it was all going pear-shaped before Winkel`s agent scooped up some easy money from Naive Naaridge.. Do you still have R.I.P van Winkle`s poster on your bedroom ceiling? ;-) x

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Thanks Brew.I think your old mate Bewilderwood was rumoured to have made a comment along the lines that he would have fancied marking Rip out of the game even at the age of 49.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Norwich was probably a big mistake and wish him well. OTBC! x

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    CANARY-CRUISE-GIRL

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Plus a season`s salary and hidden costs...

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • £8.5m per goal. Don't take a financial genius to work that one out.

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    NigelS

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Fagen`s on form today. I think wivenhoe did `Fer flying` on another board. Thing about Morison, Jimmy Hupperby, is that he scored his 9 goals when Lambert was manager. Then he managed one under hapless Hughton, before that stroke of genius which brought Becchio to grace our bench. Even Holt dropped from 15 goals to 8 under Clueless Chrissy. I have no axe to grind with RVW (and, anyway, would he be bovvered?) but he seemed to lack physicality, pace, touch, workrate, attitude and ability to score from the easiest of opportunities. Other than that... Hooper at least looked like he might score - and he did get 6. A bit better than one! If we can get Winkel off the payroll, and get back the best part of £5m, it`s good business, in a damage limitation kinda way. Swings and roundabouts - we did get £7m+ for Robert. I hope Ricky finds the appropriately shaped hole in France. Blimey - I`ve been agreeing with borderman & CanaryWest!! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • RVW- Lightweight, no control, no pace, weak shot, he will go down in history as one of our most expensive mistakes- END OF STORY!

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    borderman

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • He would hardly have set the Championship alight so a good move all round really

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    spark

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Took a cab from Lisbon airport at Easter. The driver took me past Sporting's stadium and told me he was a regular fan. So I just had to quiz him about a certain RVW - his reply following a rather hollow laugh, he could play when he wanted to.....I would suggest we're better off without him and concentrate on improving our poor defencecentral defender.

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    Parkie

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • cutty

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • R.I.P. Van Winkle.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • How good would Jimmy Bone, Ted McDougall or Kevin Reeves have been in a lone striker role under Calamahoot.You dont buy a square peg and use it in a round hole.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • To me it was the fact the always Hooper and RVW always just played Lone Striker up front..rarely did they have someone to feed off..but 1 goal in 23 games is awful...I would love to see a NCFC RVW career youtube video :)

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    Roger Mallett

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • A player of character would have stayed at the Club to prove his critics wrong and forcing his way into the squad and scored the goals that he thinks he can. However, he has shown that he is not equal to that challenge and taken the "easy" option of a move to a far less demanding environment. I wish him well but cannot help but think this is a good move for Norwich City.

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    kenfoggo

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Hopefully this move will draw a line under the most disasterous signing in the history of Norwich City. He had the opportunity to prove he was a great striker , but he lacked the talent and the attitude. Lack of goals was one of the reasons we were relegated and he was the chief culprit in that regard. One piece of the Houghton legacy disposed with. Now to get rid of Bassong.

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    kenfoggo

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • The bottom line is RVW was way over his head in the premier league, he had plenty of opportunities but lacked the talent. Now, he may have done better in the championship but I doubt we will ever get to see that.

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    Rottsrool

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • But it's not his fault we paid £8.5M for him. It's ours.

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    Cecil

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Skin Ricki's departure how you want but: £8.5m - £4.75m = £3.75m loss.... Then discount the cash flow to calculate tthe NPV we are looking at a £4.1m loss in total which equates to the most expensive goal of all time and that Pound for pound Suarez would be worth over £120m before he had lunch!

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    TheBirdCage

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • I am with you Gibbo. For some reason RvW didn't suit Norwich City or Norwich City didn't suit him, maybe both. Hope he does well in France.

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    Cecil

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Some of the posters go on about his attitude not being good enough but I always thought he gave it his all and probably tried too hard which resulted in his efforts not coming off. He never said he wanted away and seemed to want to repay the faith the club had put in him, paying such a big fee. The only dissenting words were from his agent who after all was looking to his percentage from any subsequent transfer. Good luck to him if he does go, hope he scores a hat full and gets his confidence back.

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    Gibbo

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • and that is what the premier league is about, now feck off you waste of space and money

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    acornlake

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • The uber-defensive approach of CH was a big factor but he did get chances and failed to take them so yes, it is partly his fault (apart from the pen against Villa which he should have taken).

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • He scored goals before he came here, and when he came here he didn't score goals. And you think that's his fault?

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    Cecil

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • I guess we'll never know what he could have done but we have a decent striker line-up remaining. He did have chances last season - plenty of decent efforts well-saved that he probably should have buried and a few badly-fluffed efforts. Grant Holt would probably have had 5-10 in the same situation. Might go and watch when St. Etienne play in Lille or Lens next season.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Saint Etienne used to sing "Only Love Can Break Your Heart", but I don't think too many hearts will be broken in Norwich by this news. Au revoir Monsieur Ricky.

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    Canary Wurst

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • This would be the about the best exit both club and player could have hoped for.Good luck to Ricky if it happens.

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    Peter Watson

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Good luck Ricky, hope you're back next season.

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    waclor

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Ok Borderman and Paul Who, your criticism of me is justified and I guess my criticism of our preseason and team building is over the top. It just looks a little shambolic from where I am sitting but I accept that I don't have the full picture. Let's hope we will be celebrating with Neil this time next week. OTBC

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    waclor

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Well, good luck Ricky, hope this season works out well for you.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • I cannot understand this move at all. Seems like a lose lose to me. Either he goes to france has a rubbish season, st Etienne dont take him and his value lowers again or he has a brilliant season and then we have to part with him for alot less than we paid. If we kept him and he had a rubbish season then his value would still decrease but if he performed well and got 20+ goals in the championship his value would sky rocket again and i think he would have every chance of doing that now that we look to play proper wingers on the correct sides. I cant understand the view of RVW being a hopeless player yet other players escaping flak free. RVW, Hooper, Elmader, Morison and even Holt couldn't score under hughtons tactics so surely that points to the service? But most fans seem to take the view that all of these goal scorers just happened to turn crap overnight

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    Steve_O

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Agree cutty, best situation we could hope for .......... clearly the guy doesn't want to face up to a potentially difficult start to the coming season .......... the guy DID get chances afterall, he just didn't put them away but then kept getting selected .......... OTBC (and good luck RVW .......... I'll be watching from afar too, as NCFC supporters should do, he is afterall an asset of the club)

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    nevermindthedanger

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • All the rubbish about CH miss using him, no service etc. Morrison scored way more in same team and system - RVW is the problem he has no touch and a poor attitude - if cant score or handle physical side of the prem how will he handle physical side of the championship ? 23 hours one goal - big part reason we went down

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    Jimmy Hupperby

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Best situation all round. Neil has been dropping hints about a couple of defenders coming and we'll have to sweat it out and wait.

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    cutty

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Yes behind him with the knife at the ready!

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    borderman

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Glad to see we're all getting behind Neil for the new season.

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    PaulWho

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Wasted opportunity. Each goal he scores for St Etienne will also be a nail in our current manager's credibility.

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    waclor

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • I think if we get £4.75m for him we would be delighted. Yes its a huge financial loss but how many other players who scored 1 goal in about 30 games would command that fee?

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    CanaryWest

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Get real, he is useless and we wasted our money!

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    borderman

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Let's hope he gets his confidence back and it sets him up nicely for a return to NCFC for a crack at the PL... Or if he wants to stay at St E then NCFC at least get the money they shelled out for him...

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    Surrey Canary

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Misused by CH and associated prunes last season, will score enough for St E in french div 1 and europa cup for them to be happy with the deal. Will watch his progress over there and each goal will be a nail in our ex managers credibility

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

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