Rumour Mill: Norwich City complain to Aston Villa over their pursuit of Wes Hoolahan
23:26 23 January 2014
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Wes Hoolahan’s future took another twist on Thursday after Norwich City formally complained to Aston Villa about their chase for the playmaker.
Hoolahan’s transfer request was rejected on Tuesday, so he went public with his desire to leave Carrow Road and be reunited with Paul Lambert.
The Canaries’ wrote to Villa complaining about Lambert’s public courting of Hoolahan, despite City reiterating the player was contracted to the club and not for sale.
Villa’s reply simply acknowledged receipt of the correspondence and noted its contents.
Meanwhile, Middlesbrough were desperate to seal a £700,000 deal for Dani Ayala before his emergency loan ended on Thursday.
Ayala and Boro boss Aitor Karanka are keen on the switch, which would marginally increase Ayala’s wages. However, City are playing hardball over the fee.
Should Ayala return to Norfolk, he would still be available for another loan on Teesside for the rest of the season – as well as a loan or permanent move elsewhere.
And reports in Ireland suggested Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan is a City target – should Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole make a £5m switch to the Britannia Stadium.