Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan has reportedly been the subject of a £1.5m bid from Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa.

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The Mirror claimed on Friday evening the Villans’ had launched a move for the Canaries’ midfield schemer earlier in the day with Lambert keen to draft in experienced reinforcements in the January transfer window to help his young squad. Hoolahan was a key member of Lambert’s League One and Championship-promotion winning sides at Carrow Road and the Republic of Ireland international is a firm fans’ favourite in Norfolk.

The 31-year-old has returned to the starting line up over the festive period after a bit-part role during the earlier part of the campaign and is expected to be in Chris Hughton’s squad for Saturday’s FA Cup third round home tie against Fulham. The Dubliner signed a three-and-a-half year contract extension in December 2012 and is the club’s longest-serving player after joining from Blackpool back in 2008.

Hughton was forced to dismiss speculation surrounding firm interest from Lambert’s club only on Tuesday, when he reiterated the Canaries are not interested in selling their established stars.

“I don’t know anything about those reports,” he said. “The talk normally around this time is of players coming in and that generally is all we are interested in. You can never anticipate what deals happen in a window but our focus is on decisions we need to make regarding players coming in, certainly not going out. I expect to be busy with phone calls and watching plenty of DVDs, but we will only do anything if it’s right or within our structure. It’s making sure we cover all bases. If it is right for us in any position of the squad to strengthen to secure ourselves going into the end of the season, we will do, but we won’t bring players in for the sake of it and those are the assessments we make.”

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  • One of David Coleman's lesser known comments was 'And there's a fair old ding dong going on at Old Trafford this afternoon, Norwich winning two one'. Research reveals that Best, Law and Charlton played, a matter of relative insignificance, given that City had eleven stars on the pitch. Indeed, but can you name them? I don't think I played, but I seem to remember Don Heath and Gordon Bolland scoring. Wes would have been a bit young, but I'm sure his nemesis Tommy Byceland must have been there

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Sorry I would like to see Wes leave he is not good enough he has 2 assists in the last 2 seasons. He lose the ball to much and he is certainly to small for the premiership

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    canarybell

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • I agree that we should ask at least £5 million for Wes, after all he is a current international player. On the other hand, if I were Wes, I would be banging on the managers door and demanding to be played in his proper position in the hole or at worst as a left winger or to be let go to a manager who does appreciate just how good he can be. I hope we can keep his services but suspect we need a change in management before his talents are realised.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • One of David Coleman's lesser known comments was 'And there's a fair old ding dong going on at Old Trafford this afternoon, Norwich winning two one'. Research reveals that Best, Law and Charlton played, a matter of relative insignificance, given that City had eleven stars on the pitch. Indeed, but can you name them? I don't think I played, but I seem to remember Don Heath and Gordon Bolland scoring. Wes would have been a bit young, but I'm sure his nemesis Tommy Bryceland must have been there. Can't seem to find any verification on the internet

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Sorry for typos - I blame SamGal.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Won't get £5m for a 31 year old now matter how good. And WH is a very fine creative attacking midfielder. It baffles me why Hughton only sees him as a bit player when most people with an understanding of the needs of a PL team would have him as the pivot around which the team attacks. Should CH offload him to Lambert, who clearly understands Wes's ability, my patience will be stretched to breaking point and I'll be joining those who believe CH is out of his depth.

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    Lastsongster

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • A common trait of Mcnally's tenure is that we rarely receive a good transfer fee for departing players. Hoolahan is well under contract and comfortably has a good couple of years left in him. £5 million plus in my opinion. A key man for us still, if we ever get rid of Hughton.

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    North folk

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • This is the last piece of the jigsaw left to lose from Hughtons point of view and it is plain to see that he won't hesitate to get rid of the player. A sad thing for all City supporters but a job well done for Hughton who will then have destroyed the whole club and replaced it with the current in cohesive rubbish we have to endure week in week out.

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    VictorM

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Really, pull yourself together everyone, the solution is blatantly obvious. Give £1.5m to Lambert, tell him to pack a suitcase and come back to Norfolk. Give Chrissie a leaving card and a dvd of Tottenham's finest moments. Give Wes a pat on the head and tell him he's going to spend, in the words of Humble Pie,at least 'Thirty Days in the Hole'.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • dont want him to go though

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Agreed - we mustn't sell him. He's already proved in the few chances this season that he offers us something different, something of a high class. Also, whereas £1.5 is paltry, £5m is dreamland. A solid £2.5 for a player under contract of wes's ability and age. Remember, he can't get into a struggling team so that reduces value. BUT - we won't sell him. Look at our midfield options at the moment. Unless real quality comes in, Hughton will keep him for numbers. Maybe in the summer he'll go but not now.

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    MancCanary

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • I don't know whether to laugh or cry. If I was Wes, I know what I would want. Let's be perfectly honest with ourselves, who would we rather play under? I remember Adam Dury's testimonial game against Celtic - that was a great and exciting game, then PL left. I then watched us against Ajax, it was horrible. I know they were just friendlies and Chris had only just started working with our team but I'm sorry almost two years later we're still playing the same horrible football that wouldn't scare a fly or excite a baby. For the first time in over 48 years I want us to lose today, because I don't want us to have the distraction and I'm disgusted with myself (I feel dirty). For most of the time that I've supported the city our brand of football has been exciting and creative. Wes is that type of player but unfortunately we're no longer that type of team - god I'm depressed.

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    aeleven

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Interesting but not surprised. Funny how hoots can't see the talent of a player who CAN open up defences yet, a club higher up the league can? I agree with you DC I hope he doesn't go, as if we do happen to see the board make the decision needed then he would be a regular under a new regime.

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    JB

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • …...Desperation!.....Are Norwich City so desperate to take £1.500.000 to get shot of Hoolahan and his wages, that they could even consider this option?....He would have to be replaced by a new inferior player costing 3 or 4 times as much and he would demand even more wages!!!.... Conclusion must be therefore that there is a personality problem between this manager or his staff, involving Hoolahan that makes for unpleasantness in the Dressing Room!.... Allow this to go through. then consider your job done Mr Houghton....you will have destroyed Norwich City completely!!!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Thank's el dingo. I'm going to spend the day reminding myself of a cup game I watched in 1967 as a 10 year old. Old Trafford, we won 2-1 - I believe the only side to beat (the greatest ever United team) that year at Old Trafford. Unlike them, we didn't have riches of talent (except Keelan of course), but that day we were giants. I remember more of that day than all the others that year put together. Today we have riches of talent, possibly more than we've ever had before. So will someone please listen to us supporters, stand up like a giant, use the great talent we now have and not allow it to be squandered. OTBC

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    aeleven

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • It would be madness to sell Wes. All the signs from Martin O'Neill is that Wes is to become a key figure in his new Rep. of Ireland team, having been largely ignored by his predecessor, Trapattoni. £1.5 million is a paltry sum for an established international with proven tactical ability and Lambert would be getting the bargain of the century. I think that Wes will have new confidence because of his international situation and this can only be good for Norwich. I can't understand why Chris Hughton (ironically a former Irish international) does not play him more. There seems to be this myth that he is a "luxury" player who should only be used as a play maker against inferior opposition - something to do with his size - and that he does not have the stature or defensive skills to deal with the better teams. I beg to disagree with this assessment. Wes is a good player and will only get better if he retains his match fitness and sharpness.

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    Jonathan_Ray

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • One of David Coleman's lesser known comments was 'And there's a fair old d*ng d*ng going on at Old Trafford this afternoon, Norwich winning two one'. Research reveals that Best, Law and Charlton played, a matter of relative insignificance, given that City had eleven stars on the pitch. Indeed, but can you name them? I don't think I played, but I seem to remember Don Heath and Gordon Bolland scoring. Wes would have been a bit young, but I'm sure his nemesis Tommy Byceland must have been there

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Don't beat yersef up aeleven - you are not alone. I am not going today either . I have missed four home games in 25 years - but will not pay over my season cost to watch a Hughton side even ob more game than I have to.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Oh god, he is watching his DVD's again. Lost time we heard he was doing that, he was preparing for the start of his tenure and about to mastermind a 0-5 defeat against Fulham. £1.5m for Hoolahan is ridiculous.

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    North folk

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Don't beat yersef up aeleven - you are not alone. I am not going today either . I have missed four home games in 25 years - but will not pay over my season cost to watch a Hughton side even ob more game than I have to.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Sorry for typos - I blame SamGal.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Its getting critical now..dump Hughton not Hoolahan

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    Paulie

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Will it happen, probably, at more than £1.5m ,possibly. Hoolahoop has often been dropped by CH and used as a very late sub too often to count.If PL, who can be convincing can convince Wes that his future can be assured in the midlands he will go.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Given Wes's age, current situation at NCFC, relationship with Lambo - there is every reason to see that there could indeed be something in this. I hope he doesn't go, but, if he does - you'd have to wish him well.

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Sorry for typos - I blame SamGal.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

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