Wednesday 21 February 2018

Hoolahan move in limbo as Norwich refuse to talk to Villa

Paul Lambert's bid to sign Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan has reached an impasse
Paul Lambert's bid to sign Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan has reached an impasse

John Percy

Paul Lambert's bid to sign Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan has reached an impasse after it emerged the Scot's former club are refusing to communicate.

Lambert is keen to recruit Hoolahan this month and has tabled a £1m offer, but Aston Villa are growing increasingly frustrated with Norwich's reluctance to negotiate.

Sources close to Hoolahan (above) have reiterated that he has handed in a transfer request, despite a denial by Norwich chief executive David McNally, and Lambert is determined to sign the 31-year-old.

But the move is threatening to become messy because of the fractious relationship between the two clubs, following Lambert's acrimonious exit in May 2012. The teams are heading for another battle on Tuesday at a transfer tribunal as they argue over compensation for goalkeeper Jed Steer, and Lambert's attempts to sign Hoolahan will only increase the bad blood that already exists.

"I'm not getting involved in it," Lambert said.

"There is no point in me talking about other people's players when they're still at their clubs and I won't disrespect anyone on that front. I've never come out and said anything about Norwich.

"What happened has happened. I had him (Hoolahan) for three years, I brought him to Scotland when I was up there, so I've known what he's like for years.

"When I was manager of Norwich he was fantastic, but he's Norwich's player, so there's no point talking about him."(© Daily telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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