Published 24/01/2014 | 02:30
ASTON Villa manager Paul Lambert is ready to abandon his bid to sign Wes Hoolahan in a move which could leave the Ireland international marooned at Norwich City.
Villa have already had a £1m offer rejected and, having handed in a written transfer request, Hoolahan was hoping that Villa would make an another improved bid.
However, Norwich's reluctance to do business with Villa is threatening to kill off a potential deal and Lambert is now considering switching his attention to other targets.
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