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Wes Hoolahan may have to wait patiently for his Norwich City exit

PUBLISHED: 06:30 26 May 2014

Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan was part of the Republic of Ireland line up hammered 5-1 against Portugal in the final match of their USA friendly tour. Picture: Artur Widak/PA Wire

Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan was part of the Republic of Ireland line up hammered 5-1 against Portugal in the final match of their USA friendly tour. Picture: Artur Widak/PA Wire

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Wes Hoolahan’s hopes of leaving Carrow Road may hit an immediate stumbling block – with Norwich City in the comfortable position of not having to sell their players.

Hoolahan is reported to have handed in a second transfer request at Carrow Road – following his attempt to get away in January after a £1m bid from Aston Villa’s former City boss Paul Lambert was rejected.

The EDP understands that the 32-year-old Republic of Ireland midfielder has not submitted a formal transfer request this time, although he has held discussions, like other members of the first team squad, with new boss Neil Adams when he has made his position known.

Hoolahan has another year left on his contract, but he may find himself in a difficult position in that City have stressed they do not need to sell any players.

Hoolahan played the full 90 minutes in Ireland’s 2-1 friendly defeat to Turkey at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin last night, setting up Stoke’s Jonathan Walters for their side’s only goal in the 78th minute.

International and club team-mate Anthony Pilkington was an unused substitute. He, like Hoolahan, did not feature under Adams in the final few games of the ill-fated Premier League season and admits his future is uncertain.

“I had a few injuries, one in particular just before Christmas which kept me out for I think 12 weeks,” said the 25 year-old, who also has one year left on his contract. “Then I got back and I was available for the rest of it but the manager, you know, had other ideas.”

Pilkington is in Ireland preparing for the Republic’s other end-of-season friendlies against Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal – when he can showcase his services.

“I am just concentrating on playing for the country and doing well through the summer, and I will have to deal with that when I get back,” he said. “Every game is a shop window and you want to do your best in every game that you play in. But I am just happy to be over here and back playing again and hopefully I can get some game time.”

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