Wednesday 24 January 2018

Villa ready for protracted Hoolahan pursuit

Wes Hoolahan
Wes Hoolahan
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

ASTON VILLA's transfer pursuit of Wes Hoolahan could drag until the end of the January transfer window after Norwich City indicated they are unwilling to do business for the Dubliner, writes Daniel McDonnell.

The Canaries have denied that Hoolahan has put in a request to leave the club, but it's understood that he wants to link up with Paul Lambert again in the Midlands and has indicated that to team-mates.

But it's believed that Villa's initial bid for the 31-year-old was less than the £1.5m reported and fell way below Norwich's valuation.

There is bad blood between the clubs arising from Lambert's controversial switch from Norwich to Villa. Goalkeeper Jed Steer did follow the Scot, but that switch ended up going to a transfer tribunal with the matter set to be resolved next week.

Therefore, no swift progress is anticipated with regard to Hoolahan, although it is likely that Villa will come in with a second bid as they are desperate to add a player with his qualities to their ranks.

Norwich CEO David McNally said they do not wish to allow experienced figures leave during this month.

"The club's focus is on improving the squad during this transfer window," he said. "As we have always said, no players will be sold against our will. We have received no transfer requests this season and have no intention of releasing any of our senior players. Our focus this January is very much on improving the squad."

Irish Independent

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