Norwich City in line to recoup more than £7.25m if Ricky van Wolfswinkel is a success at St Etienne

Ricky Van Wolfswinkel could net Norwich in excess of £7.25m if he completes a permanent move to St Etienne. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Ricky Van Wolfswinkel could net Norwich in excess of £7.25m if he completes a permanent move to St Etienne. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
9:30 AM

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.

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Key facts and figures

The Canaries have negotiated an up front fee of £1.25m.

The Greens will pay all of Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s salary during his loan stint in France.

St Etienne then have an option to seal a permanent move for an additional £6m figure.

City have also secured a 20pc cut of any future transfer deal.

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.

“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.”

43 comments

  • I think a lot of us would like to have seen if RVW could have cut it in the C'ship. I guess NA decided it was too much of a risk if it didn't work out. The deal seems good for all , RVW gets a chance to revive his career after last years disappointment, NCFC get to see if his career improves whilst receiving income from his loan and potentially could attract better offers or keep him if he really comes good and St Etienne get a striker who they think can get to perform as per his career before NCFC. Seems like everybody should be looking forward to him having a good season in France

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    NoggintheNog

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • zebbee:- It`s journalistic dissemblance - though that does stretch the meaning of journalism a bit.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Must be the most expensive goal in the history of football.

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    Norfolkman

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • It was originally reported that the end of season purchase option price was 6m EUROS. Is this a case of a journalistic error or has the figure actually been upped....

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    zebbee

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • NMTD, if RVW was `worth` £18.7 million, then Grant Holt is priceless. Emperor`s clothes. Agree with Colin reference Adeyemi. All will be revealed if Ricky can or cannot hack it with St. Etienne. Foreign exchange is a funny old thing. Can be loopholes. Good for some but not for all...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Wise words, Robin Hood. Pa Snipps - the attention you get is because you are an `A`-list celebrity. No doubt. Just heed the warnings about Stew`s ulterior motives. And Carry On Chevron! ;-) Too hot for dumplings, anyway.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Bit of a shame Tom Adeyemi will be playing for Cardiff next season. Seems like he's developed into the player we hoped he'd become when we saw him in 2009-10.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Adams may just want a fresh start. Unless RVW got 20 goals in the Ch'ship people would still be calling him a flop. Better to get that negativity away and focus on Grabban, Lafferty and Hooper. There's also the financial side. St Etienne have paid a lump sum and his wages for a whole year. That's got to be a good thing for the club. Perhaps this deal will allow us to go and sign a £2m centre-back or something.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • He refused to call it goodbye on his twitter account, but I cant see him playing in a NCFC shirt again unless Neil Adams is removed as manager. Its as simple as that really. Adams clearly doesnt rate him or see him fitting the tactics he wants to play. Others who were out in the cold like Wes, Surman have been praised and welcomed back because Adams see's a use for them. Adams would never have allowed RVW out should he value him or see him as part of the plans. He will either join them once the season is over or he will return in the summer and be gone at a very low price to someone else in Europe. Just hasnt worked out as much as we all hoped an prayed it would. Real shame.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • as just mentioned on another thread, we took RvW at a knockdown price so Sporting could pay their own teams wages .......... his actual buy-out clause was £18.7 mill .......... I guess if we recoup what's being mentioned all will end well .......... good luck Ricky

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    nevermindthedanger

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Well this looks as if it is sorted , and that a fair amount of the money will come back eventually ( provided he fills a whole list of requirements ) Perhaps now would be a very good time to pay for a researcher to investigate the reason why the 30 to 50 foreign players NCFC have bought in the last 4 decades have nearly all turned out to have been mediocre performers at best , and bloody awful at worst . Something is going on here . Half the Prem are foreigners , and a lot of them do all right . Why dont ours ? Starting with poor old Drazen M , each should be interviewed in depth to try and see what went wrong . Of course it COULD be just an unfortunate series of flukes , but it'd be just as valuable to KNOW that .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Can't see him coming regardless of how well he does at St. Etienne. Sometimes it's just isn't meant to be.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • usually my understand of these deals is: if a agreed price is set, they can choose to offer that amount and we CANNOT refuse (like a release clause). However that doesn't mean the player is forced to join. Imagine he went and scored 100000 goals and NCFC in the mean time had a different manager in place (Or Adams had just changed his mind on RVW) Im sure the club would have a quiet word with RVW and should he want to give it another go he'd refuse to discuss terms with St Etienne. The terms of the loan dont mean however someone else can come in and purchase him for the amount stated. That is just St.Etienne. More than likely he will either flop there and return to us before leaving at a discounted price elsewhere, or he will do well and they will simply sign him at the end of the season...or they wont be able to afford him anymore for what ever reason and he has no choice but to return to us. Thats how I see it either way.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • What's a going on then? Turn the computer off for a summer break, and find I've become the centre of attraction. Pa Snipps all over the place. Parsnip and Stew, Stew and Dumplings, Me and Ma. Glad that Hoolahan has had a change of heart. Must be all this sun we 'ave been a getting!

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    Pa Snipps

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Sounds like some good business. Now I've heard a rumour that Grant Holt is available on a freebie. Now that would be some business.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Apologies for any naivety here, but I want to get this explicitly clear. If RVW does brilliantly can we actually decide we can keep him ahead of and regardless of St. Etienne's 'option to buy'? I.e. it is Norwich's decision come next May and not St. Etienne's I understand this is a 'loan' but reading this article this it is not clear to me that we have the absolute say in retaining Ricky if he does fantastically well there?

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    Uckfield Canary

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • If he goes on to win the Arc de Triomphe , Tour de France, and the jousting at Sète then we may get that amount back.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Care to expand Sharky?

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • "He has been no problem at all.” - Especially for Premiership defences! Although I fancied him to do better this season. With Snods gone, someone might have passed to him! Still Grabban will score the same type of goals that RVW would have.

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    JDDons

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Good point RH. I think it depends on what the player does in his spare time. Wink wink.

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    sharky

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Well said Robin Hood, Get a good head shrink to look at him.

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    Randy

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Archie, where's the poll asking whether he is St Etienne's worst ever signing?

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    guella

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Bassong & L.F.-----Big test for Adams

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    superfan59

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • I don't anticipate the imminent arrival of another right back, given the WhittakerMartin option and the two Bennetts as backup. Perhaps some of the RVW savings can be used to provide Bassong with some therapy to get his head in line with his body's ability. There must be some way to overcome his one-season-wonder syndrome that has followed him from club to club. Adams and co would really have proved their management ability if they turn Bassong around and fill the defensive slot from within. Bassong still rates 100% in my view: Unfortunately that's 90% for his first season and 10% for his second. However, on his best form he is at least as good as some of the names we've been linked to recently.

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    Robin Hood

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • It's a big IF. The purchase of Ricky was a poor piece of business by the club. They were desperate to sign 'somebody' and chased the price up for him. I personally think he is a great lad but he just didn't progress through the season. I know he was injured for part of the last season but he just isn't built for English football. Good luck to him. The board deserve to take a hit on him - they must learn.

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    Parsnip

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • but then again....if you trust anything DOOMcaster said, you are a bigger fool than the bloke at Carrow Road who got Jonas on his shirt last season and Kamara the year before!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Sorry to bring up some truly depressing times, but according to Neil DOOMcaster, during his time here he explained that when a deal is listed as "undisclosed" it is only done so at the selling clubs request. Cant be the other way round etc. Like LYB mentioned, I highly suspect in this case the club want to point out how well they've done so fans stop saying "we made a loss here yada yada".

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • In this particular case, I think the club feels the need to point out the club isn't losing too much financially over it, hence they've come out with the figure on this occasion, contrary to most other transfer dealings.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Its a two way agreement, if the other part don't want the fee disclosed then both sides must respect that. Sometimes its advantageous to disclose a fee, other times it not.....not that difficult is it? Its not done just to spite you lol

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    FlickyLicky

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • RVW is moving to a club who appear in their statements to the french press to understand how to utilise his in-the-box capabilities. This looks like a win-win-win situation for both clubs and the player himself. I hope he has a successful season.

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    Robin Hood

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Agree with el dingo that we must look to bolster the defence a.s.a.p. We're ok at left back if Olsson and Garrido both stay, but do desperately need a right back to compete with Whittaker and a 4th centre half to compete with Bennett, Martin and Turner.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Good point, superfan59. Spin?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Superfan they've done it 'cos it makes them look clever.Which this time they have been imo.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Lets hope for a happy ending !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Sounds like good business, and will hopefully go some way towards also battening down the hatches to prevent Olsson, Howson and Redmond leaving. Cannot see Fer staying. A current Dutch international playing in the English second tier? Fer's got to be worth a minimum £6m though.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • That is one good deal. The wage savings will get us a new CB and an RB's wages paid for the season. So go sign us a couple of good'uns Neil. Soon.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Can't help having a slight pang of regret that we are not persevering with Ricky. I think most of us recognise his confidence was shot by the tactics employed by CH, to the point he started snatching at simple chances and failing to score. Not once did we hear any mumblings or complaints from the RVW camp - he just got on with it and accepted his lot. I hope he rediscovers his mojo at Les Vertes and gives us a bit of a decision to make next summer. Good luck Ricky - not all of us had it in for you - we wish you well

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    Lucioperca

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Seems all too strange to me that the club is willing to give details of only certain transfer fees.

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    superfan59

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • ... I hope the `powers that be` are not relying on "the attention span of a goldfish" syndrome... There will be some that remember, lest we forget.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Indeed it does la barbe. Machianalli must be at the peak of his powers. If all goes well, it`s like getting a gift from the `Community Chest` and a `Get out of Jail Free` card rolled into one. If RvW should fail to impress ASSE, then more McNally Magic will be needed. I overheard a rumour yesterday, while I was in a Norwich hotbed of "insiders", that Calderwood is joining St. Etienne as specialist striker coach. All good. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Seems a good deal, for us at least, as long as he is a success there. At least our transfers out seem to be getting good money, and if we can get over £7m for RVW then we want to be getting over 10m for any key player.

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    Chris Mugglestone

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Agreed, are NCFC starting to play harder ball? Let's hope so.

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    Igno Rance

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Seems like a good deal for NCFC whichever way you slice it.

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    la barbe

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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