Jol targets ‘five or six’ deals

Ricky van Wolfswinkel is in no doubt he can plunder plenty of

goals for Norwich City and is not fazed by his hefty price-tag.

Canaries boss Chris Hughton has signed the 24-year-old

Netherlands international striker for a reported

£8.5million from Sporting Lisbon.

Hughton believes the signing of Van Wolfswinkel could be “the

one that turns some of our draws into wins”.

Norwich were short on firepower last season, with the team

averaging just over a goal a game in the Premier League.

Van Wolfswinkel weighed in with 14 strikes for Sporting – the

fourth highest of any player in Portugal’s Primeira Liga – and

notched three in their Europa League campaign.

His transfer fee is almost three times the amount Norwich paid

Crewe Alexandra to sign Dean Ashton over eight years ago, but Van

Wolfswinkel is not feeling any additional pressure.

“It shows me Norwich have a lot of confidence in me,” he said in

the Daily Star Sunday. “If anything, I see it more as a


“I’m confident of scoring goals. That’s part and parcel of my

job, but the most important thing for me is I am a team


Huth has been a regular in the Potters’ back four since joining

them from Middlesbrough in 2009, but he faces increased competition

for a starting spot next season under new boss Mark Hughes.

Although primarily a left-back, Pieters can play as a

centre-back, while Muniesa has stated his preference to play in the

centre of defence.

Huth told the club’s official website: “It’s always good to have

someone to hopefully improve your game.

“Game on – everyone’s place is up for grabs. All the positions

that were occupied last season are there to be taken with a new

manager. I’ve got to keep my head together and stay fit and see

what happens.

“I’ve seen both Erik and Marc play on TV and I’m looking forward

to meeting them on Monday when we report back.”

Huth is raring to go as he prepares to return to training after

doing some additional fitness work over the summer.

The 28-year-old Germany international added: “I like to do a bit

of hard work before we report back, so next week when we do start

officially I won’t get the aches and pains that I normally get.

“I personally look forward to pre-season. It’s a chance to get

away with the lads, we are going to the United States for almost

two weeks and to France as well I think. It will be hard work, but

it’s something to enjoy as well.”

Jol has already brought in Venezuela centre-back Fernando

Amorebieta, Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng and Holland goalkeeper

Maarten Stekelenburg on free transfers so far this summer.

The Cottagers boss has been heavily linked with moves for

Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone and is expected to seal a

swoop soon for Wolves winger Bakary Sako, with talks already

confirmed by the League One club.

In addition, Jol could bring Cameroon international Eyong Enoh

back to west London after the defensive midfielder impressed on

loan from Ajax in the second half of last season.

Jol said: “We were quite early getting Amorebieta and the others

– we are very happy to have them on board. It’s always nice to

integrate them, and take the new players away with us.

“We are still working on one or two – we want them going with us

as well. There will be one or two coming back, because we had a few

loan players. I’ll try to get them in now, because 14 players are

left and we’re still working on five or six players to come to this


“Three are already here so that was good, because most of the

time you do your business late. This was quite early, so that was a

positive sign.”

Fulham will play three pre-season friendlies against Costa Rican

Primera Division clubs at the Estadio Nacional in the capital of

San Jose.

Next Sunday, they meet last season’s Verano championship

runners-up Cartagines, followed by a midweek clash against Bryan

Ruiz’s former club Alajuelense who were Invierno champions in


The tour concludes with Fulham taking on the most successful

club in Costa Rican football history, Deportivo Saprissa, on

Saturday 20 July.