Keane factor could prompt new move for Wes Hoolahan

Wes Hoolahan in action  against Swansea's Leon Britton. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Wes Hoolahan in action against Swansea's Leon Britton. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Chris Lakey
Sunday, June 8, 2014
6:06 PM

Norwich City may be forgiven for thinking it’s Groundhog Day, starring Wes Hoolahan and Paul Lambert, as rumours surface of yet more interest from Aston Villa in the Canaries midfielder.

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Hoolahan was the subject of a failed bid in January and a change of management at Carrow Road has done little to keep the Irishman out of the headines, with the 32-year-old seemingly keen to sever his connections with the club.

Villa Park would appear to be his first port of call and their claims will be strengthened this week should Roy Keane be appointed as Lambert’s number two at Villa. Keane is assistant to Martin O’Neill in the Republic of Ireland set-up, and the pair of them have been quick to embrace Hoolahan’s undoubted talents.

They are currently on tour in America, but the Daily Star claim Keane’s appointment alongside Lambert will be confirmed upon their return this week – and job number one would appear to be Get Hoolahan.

There are one or two stumbling blocks: there is no doubt that City’s relationship with Villa isn’t as healthy as it perhaps once was. Plus, City are under no pressure to sell, certainly not financially.

There is little doubt that Hoolahan would have his suitors - promoted Leicester are reported to be waiting in the wings should Villa’s bid fail.

Reports claim the asking price is £2m – but that is likely to be a generous estimate.

Meanwhile, it looks like goalkeeper Declan Rudd is on his way back to City after a season-long loan with League One side Preston North End.

Rudd, 23, made 55 appearances for Preston last season, helping them into the play-offs semi-finals.

With Carlo Nash having been released, City boss Neil Adams has Rudd, last season’s number two Mark Bunn and first choice John Ruddy at his disposal – so the battle for the youngster may be to win the back-up slot.

Meanwhile, the Sunday People yesterday claimed City were interested in signing Leeds striker Ross McCormack.

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15 comments

  • Whilst we'll always be indebted to the service he has given Norwich City, I feel his best days are behind him and he struggled quite badly on the few occasions when he played last season. Happy for him to leave and any transfer fee can only be regarded as a bonus.

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    Mr Ed

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • With their joint track-record, Lambert and Keane could be billed as "The Walker Brothers". On Beebgossip, I read that Villa have signed a 32 year-old international midfielder, on a Free transfer. As much as the "free" bit evokes Ye Olde Carra Charity Shoppe, it`s ..... Joe Cole. I suppose saving Wes`s transfer fee might pay Cole`s wage expectations for nearly a whole Season? Maybe.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • Lambert and Keane working together. Don't know which one has the biggest ego. Can't see that lasting. Good luck to Wes, he doesn't owe us anything, he's given a huge amount to this club. Be a shame if he leaves under a shadow, but he doesn't want to stay, we'll never see his best form again, so best he goes.

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    Double D

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • So we all seem of the same mind regarding Hoolahan, Lambert etc - let's take their money while the going is good- providing Lambert will be entrusted to spend in view of the political environment at Villa.

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    VictorM

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • Villa in a relegation battle again next season and PL sacked or he will walk as he has done every where he has been. So if Wes wants to go good luck to him, I really can't see NA putting up with any cr**p from him or anyone else.

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    Egyptian canary

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • At his age does Wes REALLY want another season battling against relegation? Better go to Leicester then. Looking at the potential new Villa assistant manager, I wonder if the club took up references from previous employers?

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    PaulWho

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • If "job number one" for Villa is to get Hoolahan it says little for their ambitions. Seems to me the only thing Lambert looks forward to is the past. Anyway, agree with most posts, the player has fallen out of love with our club so let's get rid asap.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • Well said victor M. Wes can be brilliant one minute and infuriating the next, Lambert rarely played him for a full 9O minutes anyway and as VM has said if he wants to go so be it. I have found it difficult to forgive him for what he did at Viila Park.

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    Egyptian canary

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • In all fairness if Villa have aspirations of returning to a top 6 club I don't think this is the type of signing they should be looking at.

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    spark

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • I am sick and tired of hearing about Wes Hoolahan. He's been nothing but a bit part squad member for two years now and he doesn't even want to play for Norwich anyway. If there is a transfer fee in the wind for goodness sake get rid of him and let's hear something positive about players who are committed to Norwich.

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    VictorM

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • In other news Michael Jackson died.....

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • Quiet news night. Nothing new here....

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • Seriously? You're rehashing a story in the Daily Star. Tomorrow you'll be saying that the abominable snowman was seen wearing a Norwich shirt.

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    Dan

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • Most interesting factoid is that The Sunday People claimed that Norwich are interested in McCormack - on Saturday. Poor old Lakey`s got Archantovirus. There is no hope. Meanwhile, back at Wayne Mansion.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • Can't believe it, Carlo very nearly gets the player of the year award and they let him go. Surely one of our most astute signings. Great to see Wes on for six minutes the other night. By the time he's forty he should get a full game. Thank heavens Trappatoni's gone

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

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