After scoring just a single goal during Norwich City’s relegation-doomed campaign, striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is prepared to move to France’s St. Etienne on loan, manager Neil Adams confirmed.
“I can’t confirm he is on the move,” Adams told reporters at Carrow Road after their friendly against Celta Vigo. “What I can say is he is in talks with Saint Etienne and he has gone over to France for a medical. If it happens, it happens.”
It looks like it’s happening, Neil. Someone took this picture of Van Wolfswinkel at St. Etienne’s training ground, and it appears a loan move is imminent.
“There are many parts to these deals and anything over and above that is not really for me to speak about but for the board,” Adams said of the 25-year-old Dutchman. “I have said many, many times I am not looking to offload players and he is more than welcome to come back here if that is his decision.
Ye olde “I can’t talk about transfers but here’s what’s going on with this transfer” from Adams. Classic.
The Daily Mail‘s Simon Jones reports the loan deal will have the option for St. Etienne to make the deal permanent for a fee of $8 million.
“I don’t want to lose players. He is a great lad and he has never been a problem to deal with. He has been an excellent professional and if it wasn’t to happen then he would come back into our squad. If it becomes concrete then we’ll deal with that. It is in his hands.”
Van Wolfswinkel was supposed to be the Canaries’ marquee signing last summer after banking his old club Sporting CP nearly $13.5 million. However, he scored just one goal and assisted two others in 25 Premier League appearances, his lone score coming in his very first game for the club.
He has not appeared during the club’s preseason tour of Italy, having sustained a minor knee injury in training.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.