Canaries add striker Oliveira to their ranks

Norwich have completed the signing of Benfica striker Nelson Oliveira for a reported fee of £4.2million.

The 24-year-old spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest, where he managed to score nine goals in 24 appearances, and also enjoyed a spell in South Wales with Swansea the season before.

Oliveira came through the youth ranks of Portuguese champions Benfica, and made his debut for the club in a Champions League tie against Zenit St Petersburg, but has found his chances limited since.

Oliveira said: “”I am very happy and feel very excited about scoring in our great stadium.

“It’s a good opportunity to show my ability at a great club that trusts in me. I can promise that I will work hard and do my best to help the team.”

As well as coming from a club that size of Benfica, the forward also has 16 caps for Portugal and was part of the side who came third at Euro 2012, highlighting exactly why Norwich boss Alex Neil was keen to sign Oliveira.

Neil said: “It’s a great signing for us because he’s a very good player technically.

“Nelson now needs to go somewhere and establish himself and this is the perfect place for him to do that.”

“He’ll be a creator of goals as well as a scorer of them. Having been at Benfica, there’s no questioning his quality and he’s played with some top players.

The deal now just has to be legislated by the relevant football authorities before Oliveira joins up with his fellow team-mates.

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