Poll: After Wes Hoolahan’s transfer request, what would you do with the Norwich City midfielder?
08:58 22 January 2014
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Popular playmaker Wes Hoolahan has confirmed he wants to leave Norwich City, despite seeing his transfer request rejected by the club.
City released a brief statement on Tuesday evening confirming the 31-year-old Irish international’s wishes, while at the same time reiterating their belief that Hoolahan will be going nowhere during the January transfer window.
But Hoolahan issued his own statement shortly after, acknowledging his desire to leave the Canaries following more than five and a half years at the club.
“Following a meeting with chief executive (David McNally), I felt I had no option but to hand in a transfer request,” said Hoolahan.
“I have noted that request has been turned down. However, I believe it is 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.”
City confirmed Hoolahan’s request, which came earlier the same day, had been rejected – adding: “The board has stated clearly no senior players will be sold against the club’s wishes and Hoolahan is contracted to the club until June 2015. The club will make no further comment at this time.”
Former Norwich boss Paul Lambert has long been linked with a move for Hoolahan, aiming to take him to Aston Villa where he has already recruited former City cult hero Grant Holt on loan from Wigan for the rest of the season.
It was confirmed earlier this month City turned down a £750,000 approach from Villa, with the possible move rising to £1m – and while Lambert’s desire to land Hoolahan has been widely known, Tuesday evening’s news is the first clear indication the City star wants to leave Carrow Road.
Relations between Villa and the Canaries remain awkward following Lambert’s acrimonious departure from Carrow Road in June 2012, and any possible move for Hoolahan is almost certainly unpalatable in the Norwich boardroom.
The current transfer window closes on Friday, January 31 at 11pm.