Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Norwich City chief executive David McNally says the club is in the process of building its squad – not selling off prized assets.
The Canaries chief insists the club has received no transfer requests from any members of the squad and isn’t interested in selling any of manager Chris Hughton’s senior players.
Speculation that Wes Hoolahan had served notice of his intention to leave Carrow Road to link up with former boss Paul Lambert reached fever pitch on Tuesday evening. Lambert has made no secret of the fact he is looking for “a number 10” during the January transfer window and is rumoured to have tabled a £750,000 bid for the fans’ favourite.
However, Norwich are keen to keep Hoolahan, who missed Saturday’s FA Cup tie through injury, and McNally is only interested in attracting players to Carrow Road.
“The club’s focus is on improving the squad during this transfer window,” he told the club’s official website. “As we’ve always said, no players will be sold against our will.
“We’ve received no transfer requests this season and have no intention of releasing any of our senior players.
“Our focus this January, as with every transfer window, is very much on improving the squad.”
McNally’s comments also mean that Luciano Becchio is likely to remain at City despite interest from several Championship sides.
The Argentine striker’s limited involvement since moving from Leeds last January has caught the attention of Championship clubs, Blackburn and Derby.
But City appear determined to keep Becchio, who has voiced his frustration in the past at his lack of first team action.