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The Canaries boss has thanked his club for its commitment in securing the services of the Dutchman and insists that the 24-year-old is at the right age to continue his development

Norwich manager Chris Hughton has expressed joy at his club's capture of striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

The Canaries officially announced a deal with Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon for the Dutch hitman on March 22, who will arrive at Carrow Road on July 1.

The Irish tactician has now lauded his club for their initiative in securing the move and drawn attention to the 24-year-old's finishing prowess ahead of the summer switch.

"It's a real exciting period for us and certainly we have to thank the club very much for their support and their ambition on this one," Hughton told a press conference on Thursday.

"He fits the profile very well, in an area we wanted to bring in, in the forward area, there's a wonderful goals record.

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"And he also is of an age that there is still that development in him, so it's a very exciting one for us and we certainly look forward to seeing him at the end of the season."

The Norwich boss also responded to questions on how Van Wolfswinkel will improve his side, and commented that there is still room for the former FC Utrecht man to make progress in his game.

"We all know how difficult it is to bring in the right players and goals are so valuable to come by," Hughton continued.

"He is a player who wants to run forward, he is a player that wants to get into the box and as I said, he's a player that very much has, because of his age, there's still improvement in him. A real exciting prospect for us."

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