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The former Sporting Lisbon striker tells of how the Manchester United hitman recommended the Canaries to him because they had made a "big impression" on him over the years

Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has revealed that Robin van Persie helped persuade him to move to Carrow Road.

The 24-year-old agreed to join the Canaries from Sporting Lisbon in March and notched on his Premier League debut during Saturday's 2-2 draw with Everton.

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Speaking after the game, the Dutchman explained that a conversation with the Manchester United striker played a big part in his decision to move to East Anglia.

"When I was with the national team, I spoke to Robin van Persie before I signed for Norwich City," Van Wolfswinkel told reporters. "He said Norwich had made a big impression on him, that they were always a difficult team to play against and that their crowd really got behind them. I know they beat Manchester United 1-0 last season."

The debutant rescued a point with a clinical header after Norwich had fallen behind to goals from Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman but he was keen to play down his contribution.

"I'm just a striker waiting for crosses and, if you get a cross like that, these are the moments you are waiting for," he added, though Steven Whittaker, who had scored the opening goal, admitted that he miscued a shot rather than provided a cross.