Last Updated: Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:52
Norwich have remained silent over reports claiming they have agreed an £8.5m deal for Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
Reports in Portugal earlier this week revealed that the Canaries were closing in on a deal for the highly-rated 24-year-old Dutch hitman, who has one senior cap for his country, having initially tried to sign him during the January transfer window.
However, while Norwich refused to comment on speculation, Sporting responded to a statement published on the Portuguese stock market regulator CMVM's website revealing news about the deal by issuing a statement of their own, stating that negotiations were under way with Norwich.
Sporting are currently carrying reported debts of 260million euros and it is claimed they are looking to offload their key player in order for president Godinho Lopes to pay two months' worth of backdated wages to its players and coaching staff.
If Wolfswinkel does join Norwich he will be the club's record signing and boss Chris Hughton will hope he can transfer his excellent goalscoring record to the Premier League.
The former Utrecht man has followed up the 25 goals he scored last season for Sporting with 13 goals so far this term.
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