The Norwich Evening News is reporting that the Canaries will finally be free to open talks with Swedish star Ola Toivonen. It has been reported for some time that the club has agreed a fee just shy of £5 million for the talented forward.
Of course, there is no guarantee that the player will join, but he has admitted to finding the Premier League interesting, and Norwich City appear to be leading the chase. The situation has been dragged out longer than Chris Hughton wanted, but he clearly feels that he is worth the wait.
There isn’t a huge amount of speculation going around at the moment, so it’s good to be discussing something that is fairly concrete. The club’s official website, www.canaries.co.uk, has already confirmed the deals for Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Javier Garrido.
What’s interesting about the summer transfer policy is that the players that are being targeted are of a decent level. It seems that the focus is not so much on Championship players now, but looking for value for money in the foreign markets. Spending is not as tight as it has been previously and it’s pretty clear that the attacking areas are very much the priority.
It’s good to see, and hopefully fans will enjoy the football served up at Carrow Road next season a bit more than they did last season. Signing international and quality players like Toivonen can only help to achieve those goals.
I think this summer is certainly going to be an exciting one ahead for Norwich City fans, and the calibre of players being linked is high. Hopefully, more deals can be done before the start of the season and the club can start the new season strongly.
And with ambitions that stretch beyond pure survival, it’s fair to say that Norwich will need some players of real quality. I suspect that Ricky van Wolfswinkel is not a one-off case in that respect. It will be very interesting to see what the squad looks like at the start of next season.