Hughton insists Van Wolfswinkel will join Norwich City even if they are relegated

The player's agent recently suggested the £8.5 million deal could be cancelled should the Norfolk club go down, but the Canaries' 54-year-old boss has denied the claims
Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has denied that record signing Ricky Van Wolfswinkel’s summer move to Carrow Road is dependent on the club retaining their Premier League status.

The Sporting Lisbon striker’s agent Louis Laros recently insisted that the £8.5 million deal includes a clause that allows him to pull out should the Canaries suffer relegation, with four points currently separating them from the bottom three.

However, Hughton has dismissed such speculation, telling reporters: "I have heard those reports but the facts are that he has signed for Norwich City and I expect to see him on the first of July.

"Any talk of a relegation clause in the contract is not fact. That is where we are and we look forward to seeing him next season."

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However, the former Birmingham boss was less definitive on the future of Kei Kamara, whose loan deal from Sporting Kansas City is set to expire at the end of the season.

"We are conscious that a decision has to be made on him," he explained.

"He has made a good impact. We still have a bit of time. It's not for a few weeks that we need to make that decision and we are putting our heads together to see what we want to do."

With five games still to play, Hughton is confident that his side can avoid being sucked into a relegation fight that they have avoided for the majority of the season.

"We still have six very good clubs below us at this moment and it is our intention to stay where we are," he said.

"We have five games, three of them at home. It is in our hands. It could be worse, we could be in 17th or 18th place. Apart from the early part of season we have not been in the bottom three.

"That indicates that overall it has been a decent season. We just need to make sure we finish it well."