Transfer report: Birmingham hold talks with Norwich City over loan deal for Ricky van Wolfswinkel

28 Jul

Birmingham want to end Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s Norwich nightmare. 


The Blues have held talks with the Canaries over a season-long loan for their record signing, it is understood.

Boss Gary Rowett believes he can revive the Dutchman’s career after it came to a grinding halt following his £8.5million move to Carrow Road from Sporting Lisbon in 2013.

Van Wolfswinkel has no future under Norwich manager Alex Neil and the Canaries would welcome the chance to move him on as he enters the final year of his contract.

He has scored just twice in 28 appearances and was loaned out to Saint Etienne and Real Betis in the last two seasons having flopped in Norfolk. 

The 27-year-old scored just 12 goals during those loan spells and while he has played for the Canaries in pre-season his days are numbered with Neil targeting Fulham forward Ross McCormack. 

His last Norwich appearance came when he scored in a 2-1 League Cup win at Rotherham in August 2015.

Van Wolfswinkel is a number of Birmingham targets and they have had one bid of £1.1million rejected for Sheffield United’s Che Adams but returned last night with an improved offer. Should an move for Adams fail, van Wolfswinkel is a prime target.

Blues desperately need striking reinforcements to share the goalscoring burden with Clayton Donaldson, who netted 11 times last season as they finished 10th in the Sky Bet Championship. 

James Vaughan is yet to score for the club after joining in January from Huddersfield while Nicolai Brock-Madsen has also failed to net following his £500,000 move from Randers last year. 

Kyle Lafferty was loaned from Norwich last season but scored once in six games and Birmingham will not return for the Northern Ireland striker with the Canaries understood to be looking for around £1million. 

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