RUMOUR MILL: Celtic’s Neil Lennon rejects Norwich City boss talk and refuses to be drawn on Robert Snodgrass bid
10:00 19 January 2014
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Celtic boss Neil Lennon insists there is ‘nothing’ in reports of a £4.5m approach for Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass.
Lennon refused to be drawn on a Daily Record report of a confirmed interest in the boyhood Celts’ fan after his side extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League with a 3-0 home win over Motherwell on Saturday. Snodgrass set up Ryan Bennett’s winner in the Canaries’ 1-0 Premier League win over Hull City but Lennon batted away questions over a possible January move.
“There’s nothing in that,” he said. “I’m going to get linked with a lot of players but I’m not going to talk about players who are contracted to other clubs.”
Lennon was less reticent on reports in the Daily Star claiming he is one of the leading candidates to replace Chris Hughton at Carrow Road. Lennon was at Craven Cottage during the week to watch the Canaries’ FA Cup exit at Fulham but the Northern Irishman expects Hughton to be given time to guide Norwich to safety.
“It’s just speculation - but I think they won (against Hull) so I’m delighted for Chris. I think he’ll be safe for another while,” he said. “He’s doing a good job there and keeping them out of the bottom three. I cannot help the speculation, I’m flattered, but he’s a good man and a good manager in that job so good luck to him.”
Skysports, meanwhile, report Norwich along with the Cottagers and Premier League rivals Stoke are monitoring Aston Villa outcast Alan Hutton’s situation. The Scottish international full-back appears surplus to requirments at Villa Park and has previously been out on loan at Nottingham Forest and Real Mallorca.
The Sun on Sunday claim City’s Republic of Ireland midfielder Wes Hoolahan remains determined to leave the club this transfer window with Villa still interested. Norwich’s top brass have made it clear Hoolahan will not be moving to the West Midlands in January after Villa made a £1m enquiry for the Dubliner earlier this month.