Report: Alex Neil says Ricky van Wolfswinkel still has future at Norwich; Canaries targeting 29-year-old striker

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Norwich manager Alex Neil insists club record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel is still in his plans, despite links to Dynamo Kiev forward Dieumerci Mbokani.

Norwich manager Alex Neil has been quoted by the Mirror discussing the future of out-of-favour Canaries striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who he suggests could yet revive his career at Carrow Road.

Following a record £8.5 million move from Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon two seasons ago, the Dutch forward has largely flopped during his time with the Premier League new-boys. 

Having scored just a single goal in 27 appearances for the Canaries, he found himself sent out on loan to France's Saint-Etienne following relegation, before the Canaries bounced back to the top flight last term after success in the Championship play-offs. 

He scored five goals in 18 starts during his season spent in Ligue 1, while fashioning 12 key passes, leading Norwich chief Neil to suggest the striker may have a future with the club. 

Speaking to the Mirror, Neil said, “You have to have options.”

"If I go with just Lewis Grabban and Cameron Jerome, and one gets injured and the other is not well, I don’t have too many strikers left.

“With Ricky, I am still assessing him. It has been difficult because I am trying to get all the lads fit and have a look at him as well but his attitude is excellent.

“He is a good lad, I have no issues with him whatsoever. He is one of a few strikers I have got and that will remain that way at the moment.”

However, the Mirror suggests Van Wolfswinkel's future could depend on the club's success in the transfer market over the coming weeks, with speculation linking Dieumerci Mbokani with a move.

The arrival of the Dynamo Kiev striker, who won four Belgian first division titles with Standard Liege and Anderlecht before moving to Ukraine, could force the Dutchman out of Neil's first-team reckoning. 

Last term the 29-year-old Congolese international scored three goals in eight appearances as Kiev claimed the Premier League title.  

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