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STRIKER MBOKANI SIGNS FOR CITY

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21:28 31st August 2015

by Norwich City Football Club

Dynamo Kiev hitman joins the Canaries on a year's loan.

NORWICH City are delighted to announce the signing of Dynamo Kiev striker Dieumerci Mbokani on a season-long loan, with an option to buy, pending the approval of a work permit.

A DR Congo international alongside City's Youssouf Mulumbu, the 29-year-old began in his native country with Bel'Or and TP Mazembe before moving on loan to Belgian side Anderlecht in 2006 ahead of a permanent switch to Standard Liege.

The forward took in brief spells with Monaco and Wolfsburg during the 2010-11 campaign, prior to returning to Anderlecht.

His goals helped secure the Belgian First Division title in both of the next two seasons, while also earning him the 2013 Golden Shoe award - given to the best player in the league - ahead of the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Carlos Bacca.

Such form earned a move to Kiev in June 2013, where he has subsequently netted 19 times in 46 matches for the Ukrainian giants.

Across the course of his European-based career, he has made 253 appearances and scored 111 goals, including in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

City boss Alex Neil said: "Dieumerci is going to give us competition at the top end of the pitch, and I think we've needed a bit of strengthening there.

"He's a big, strong number nine - he can take the ball in, he's mobile and he's a real threat in the box. We're hoping all of those things come together for him.

"He's got a good track record and he's played Champions League football, so I think it's an exciting signing for us."

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