Friday 20 October 2017

Hoolahan: it's in my best interest to exit Norwich

Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan
Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan

NORWICH City last night confirmed that they have turned down an official transfer request from unhappy Irish international Wes Hoolahan - but the player duly released a statement stating he still wants to go.

The Dubliner, a target for Aston Villa, is frustrated by his peripheral role in Chris Hughton's plans. However, a statement released by the Canaries said that no senior players would be sold against the club's wishes, adding that the 31-year-old is contracted until the summer of 2015. Hoolahan issued a response making clear his position.

"Following a meeting with the CEO (David McNally) I felt I had no option but to hand in a transfer request," he said. "I have noted that request has been turned down - however I believe it's in the best interest of Norwich, for whom I have the greatest respect, and myself that I am allowed to move on and play my football elsewhere."

Meanwhile, Seamus Coleman will find out in the next 24 hours if he has a chance of figuring in next week's Merseyside derby.

The Donegal man left the pitch in the final minutes of Everton's draw with West Brom on Monday after feeling pain in his hamstring.

Irish Independent

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