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Norwich say no to Hoolahan request


Norwich City's Wesley Hoolahan.Photo: Dave Thompson/PA

Norwich City's Wesley Hoolahan.Photo: Dave Thompson/PA

Norwich City's Wesley Hoolahan.Photo: Dave Thompson/PA

WES HOOLAHAN'S future at Norwich City remains in doubt after the English Premier League side confirmed that they have rejected a formal transfer request from the Dubliner.

There has been intense speculation about Hoolahan (pictured) in recent weeks following earlier claims that the 31-year-old, who has been linked with a move to Aston Villa, with Norwich maintaining that the player was to remain at Carrow Road.

But last night the Canaries admitted that the Ireland star had asked to leave, but they had turned down his request and with less than 10 days left before the transfer window closes, Hoolahan and his advisers will assess their next move.

"City can confirm Irish international midfielder Wes Hoolahan has submitted a transfer request which has been rejected," Norwich said in an official statement last night.

"The Board of Norwich City has stated clearly no senior players will be sold against the Club's wishes and Hoolahan, 31, is contracted to the club until June 2015. The club will make no further comment at this time."

Hoolahan has reportedly grown frustrated with the lack of first-team opportunities at Carrow Road this season and Villa boss Paul Lambert made it clear that he was keen to sign the former Shelbourne man, who played under Lambert at Livingston and also at Norwich when Lambert was in charge at Carrow Road.

Hoolahan issued his own statement last night after Norwich's press release, making clear his intentions.

"Following a meeting with the club chief executive, 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 is in the best interest of Norwich and myself that I am allowed to move on and play my football elsewhere."