Norwich City keep their powder dry on quiet transfer deadline finale

Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan failed to get his January transfer window move. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan failed to get his January transfer window move. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, February 1, 2014
6:01 AM

Norwich City refused to grant Wes Hoolahan his wish for a Carrow Road exit on Friday night after a quiet finale to the transfer window.

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The Canaries resisted any urge to bolster their own ranks following the loan arrivals of Jonas Gutierrez and Joseph Yobo, but none of the club’s senior stars were allowed to leave - with only development striker Jamar Loza extending his loan stint with League One promotion hopefuls Orient until March 8.

City announced on their official Twitter account an hour before the scheduled 11pm deadline there would be no further business in or out of the club after maintaining a hardline stance with the Irish midfielder who had a transfer request rejected last week following firm interest from Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa.

Norwich’s Premier League rivals West Brom were heavily linked with a surprise late move for the Dubliner in the closing hours of the window, but reports in the Midlands claimed the Canaries were only interested in a permanent deal rather than a loan move for the 31-year-old.

Hoolahan could still go out on loan to the Football League when the emergency loan window opens later this month should Chris Hughton decide the Republic of Ireland international no longer features in his plans after stating he wanted to cut his ties with the Canaries.

Hughton admitted he would have to weigh up whether Hoolahan was in the right frame of mind to be involved at Cardiff ahead of today’s Premier League game against the Bluebirds.

“That is something I have to decide,” he said. “Since the initial news of an enquiry (from Villa) he was in two squads.

“It was my choice to leave him out of the Newcastle squad and it is normal that you have to assess those things when you have enquiries about your players. Wes is not the first player who has been in this situation and he won’t be the last but the responsibility always rests with the club and whether it suits them or not. That is never going to change.”

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