RUMOUR MILL: Norwich City’s Wes Hoolahan poised to sign a new deal as Ricky van Wolfswinkel prepares to wave goodbye
PUBLISHED: 08:26 05 August 2014 | UPDATED: 08:43 05 August 2014
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Norwich City’s midfielder Wes Hoolahan is set to seal his return to the fold at Carrow Road by signing a new two-year contract keeping him at the club until 2017.
Hoolahan looked keen to leave last season after handing in a transfer request in the January transfer window following interest from Aston Villa with the Republic of Ireland international firmly out of the picture under previous boss Chris Hughton.
But the Dubliner has been a key figure in the pre-season build-up for Neil Adams with the Canaries’ chief making it clear Hoolahan is now happy and ready to play a major role in City’s Championship promotion bid.
The Sun claim on Tuesday Hoolahan’s renaissance is set to be rubber-stamped with a two-year contract extension on the table for the former Shelbourne midfielder who was approaching the final year of his current deal.
Meanwhie, Ricky van Wolfswinkel looks set to complete his move to French club St Etienne on Tuesday on an initial season-long loan with an option to buy.
Saint Etienne head coach Christophe Gaultier believes van Wolfswinkel will be a major asset after holding positive talks with the striker over the weekend and undergoing a medical at the Greens.
The Dutch international struggled to impress during the Canaries’ Premier League relegation last season after a prolific spell at Sporting Lisbon, but Gaultier is in no doubt he will prove a big hit in Ligue One.
“He played against us in a friendly, two years ago,” Gaultier told French media on Monday. “At the end of the last season we had his name in mind. He is a man who has technical quality which is just like the Dutch. There they have a good football school that makes them men.”
Norwich chief Neil Adams confirmed after Friday’s final pre-season friendly against Celta Vigo the ball is now in the striker’s court, but van Wolfswinkel would be welcomed back into the fold if the initial loan deal, with an option to buy, fell through.