Ricky van Wolfswinkel urged to join Norwich by Johan Neeskens

Norwich City signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel says Dutch legend Johan Neeskens convinced him to join the Canaries.

Van Wolfswinkel's girlfriend is the daughter of Neeskens, who played 49 games for the Netherlands.

"I spoke to him before I came to Norwich," 24-year-old Van Wolfswinkel told BBC Radio Norfolk.

Johan Neeskens

Johan Neeskens
  • Played 49 times for the Netherlands
  • Appeared in 1974 and 1978 World Cup final
  • Played for Ajax, Barcelona and New York Cosmos
  • Has been assistant manager for Netherlands, Australia, Barcelona and Galatasaray

"He said only one thing: 'Ricky, you have to go. It's a great club for you, if you have a great feeling, do it.'"

Neeskens, a former midfielder of Ajax and Barcelona, was part of the Dutch 'total football' side that was considered one of the best of all time and reached World Cup finals in 1974 and 1978.

"To have a guy with his experience behind me is good," said the former Utrecht striker.

"It means I can always ask him about something and he will always help me."

Van Wolfswinkel has joined Norwich for a club-record fee, believed to be around £8.5m, from Sporting Lisbon, where he scored 28 goals in 56 league games.

He understands the expectation he will carry at Carrow Road to find the net for a side who were among the four lowest scorers in the Premier League last season.

"I see it as a motivation. I see the confidence the people at the club have in me," said the twice-capped Dutch international.

"I'm used to some pressure, of course, and I'm looking forward to playing in a full stadium and showing the people what I can do.

"I think I have everything to fit into the club and fit into the team."