Speculation surrounding the future of Wes Hoolahan grew again on Tuesday night – but it is understood the Canaries have not received a transfer request from the Irishman.

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National reports last week suggested Aston Villa had tabled a bid – ranging from £750,000 to £1.5m – for the 31-year-old. And those reports escalated on Tuesday as some claimed Hoolahan had handed Norwich City a transfer request earlier this week.

Villa manager and former City boss Paul Lambert made little effort to veil his search for a new ‘number 10’ following Villa’s FA Cup exit to Sheffield United at the weekend earlier the same day, Hoolahan pulled out of City’s third round tie with Fulham due to injury.

Hoolahan is contracted to City until the summer of 2015 and it is hard to imagine Lambert’s acrimonious departure from Carrow Road in June 2012 will see the Canaries board willing to sell one of its most popular playing assets to Villa.

The two clubs are still awaiting a tribunal, due next week, to resolve the summer switch of young City keeper Jed Steer to Villa Park.

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  • Figures quoted have to be a joke, when you consider the rewards for staying in the premier league. There is no doubt that we will be scrapping away near the bottom all season, and even one point earnt by a piercing Hoolahan pass could repay that £1.5 million tenfold at the end of the season.

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    DaveG

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • I think you'll find its old age and forgetfulness actually Stew.

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    ncfc boy

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • So Jed Steer's tribunal is next week! Do I smell a bit of a rat here? Is someone hoping that we might look a bit petty before that decision. Steer sits on the bench as their number 2, that's got to be worth a reasonable amount. The offer for Wes is appalling - he's a creative midfielder with a good few years left in his tank. Lambert knows he'll be unhappy with the chicken feed he's getting from CH at the moment - he's not stupid, we feel the same. But I think Lambert is looking to muddy the water before that tribunal, a crap punt like this - for a player who might look like he wants to leave - rejected out of hand, could just gain sympathy on that committee.

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    aeleven

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • johnty I think this reporting is Archant "the voice of NCFC"softening the fans up into accepting Wes will be on his way

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    leslie cater

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Should have known better than to try to gatecrash the Hughton-out gang I suppose Stew but the reference to mid-table mediocrity was so obviously tongue in cheek I'm amazed anybody failed to spot it. McNally and Bowkett know what they're doing. I've supported NC for over 50 years and IMO we are better run than than we have ever been in that time - even in the glory days of Walker and Stringer. Anyone who thinks 11th place in todays Premier league isn't success for a club with our resources needs a reality check. By all means aim higher but don't get disgruntled with 17th for now. Look at Portsmouth, Forest, Leeds, Coventry, Ipswich, Derby, Leicester etc etc. I'd rather be where we are.

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    Canary on the moon

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • So we are told by Mick Dennis that we are taking a strong stance and fighting our corner for once. AND he seems to approve of such a competitive, attacking approach for a change! Horaah! Mind you, I guess with a record of 1 draw, 3 defeats and a lost young goalkeeper to the nasty Mr Lambert, even he must be getting bored with our performance in this particular battle by now.

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    North folk

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Stew, I fear it is just not going to happen. The board has set their sights on "17th position and achieve it however you like" and that is it for this season unless they have a last minute panic and a last gasp reaction in March. I think the man is a waste of space but we just have to grin and bear it.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • If RVW is worth eight mil, then Wes should be worth at least three. Actually no, all things considered, make that ten

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • I keep worrying that I'll find a post from 'steady on' saying " Wes is going nowhere".

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • A couple of pointers if i may. Firstly, i find it bizarre that people in this day and age of the Interweb still think its the Manager that sets the opening bids, final offers etc. Anyone with a little football savvy knows this is all done by CEO etc. The manager just identifies who he wants. Not sure how its Lambert thats causing all the commotion? Secondly, bear with me here, £750k for a bit part 31 year old entering his last 18 months is a fair opening player. Yes, hes probably your best player, yes the offer seems low, but you have to take into consideration the management team of Hughton etc cannot rate him high enough to start every week. Your Directors have a Court date i believe the end of this week to settle moneys owed to PL and of course their counter claim. Just seems like they are like an only child, they dont really want the toy but wont let anyone else have it either. Thirdly, is this the same Mr Dennis that predicted Lambert would 100% not go to Villa? I believe he did. Look how that one panned out. There is no fail in this bid, we get him in great, we dont then there are better younger options that we are in for. FYI - im not keen on Hoolahan, hes not what we need at this moment in time, we have other areas to strengthen.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • …..could be nice boy!....it comes to us all!.... Along with experience, wisdom, and a desire to help others see clearly, the patently obvious!.....Pleased that you did not dispute the rest of the posting.....So I assume you must have agreed with my thoughts!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • …..When Mr Hughton was appointed manager of this club, he inherited a group of players who had just finished 11th in their first season in the premiership, and could have been higher if Lambert had had his mind on the job for the final 4 months ...What he had to do was to strengthen the team as necessary......He decided this was not going happen on his watch, and set about dismantling a team that was working together, and replacing it with his own men and his own methods....Sadly the men he has brought in are not up to the standard of those he booted out, and his methods are no better than League 1 level.....That is where this club is heading if he is allowed to continue in this role......The buck stops at your door Mr McNally. and in your own interest, and that of the Club and fans, the time is here or maybe it's already too late.... Over to You!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • To be fair McNally & Bowkett both said recently that the clubs minimum aim was to achieve "mid table mediocrity" and they are confident we will be safely there sooner rather than later. In reality midtable is realistic but why the pair chose to refer to it as mid table mediocrity is beyond me. From a fans POV it hardly gets you excited about the idea lol! I think publicly the board is doing the PC expected thing and backing him so not to send the club and fan base into further turmoil. But behind the scenes I highly suspect all is not well and the board have made it crystal clear whats expected by Mr Hughton. While staying in the league is whats vital, im sure the board expected us to be doing it alot easier. Especially with the money spent and players at the managers disposal.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Norfolk based Villa fan here - would be delighted with the signing of Hoolahan but agree that the price is far too low even at 1.5m. I think the approach is genuine as Charles N'zogbia is still out injured and still for a while yet (and will probably be moved on). As mentioned earlier, I'm sure Lambert kept him on the bench a fair bit during his time with Norwich in the Premier League - Wes should remember this if moving this way.....

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    BrooksterMax .

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Not a regular contributor, but I do read on occasions. Seems to me, that there are an awful lot of people out there that will take any thread and then distort it to have a go at CH. Now, some of this criticism is justified, a lot of it is not. Some things, injuries at critical times etc have made his team selections, and line ups difficult to fathom and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Some of the vitriol is completely out of order though. The point I am trying to make is, there are some people out there who are so anti CH they will go to any lengths to have a nasty little go. I went to the Hull away game. and yes it was dire. but before the game had even kicked off there was a group of louts, I wont call them fans, directly in front of me and they were chanting terrible abuse at CH. Entitled to their opinion you might argue,. Until one of them, mid way through the first half turned to me and asked the question. How are PALACE getting on. Turns out that he is an ardent Eagles fan and was only there with some of his mates for a day out so they could stir up a bit of trouble. Seems to me that there is more than a bit of that from some of the posters on these boards.

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    Rodders

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • This kind of reporting is doing nothing except playing into the handsof the enemies in the gutter press. Wes is arguably one of our best players and will be needed in the second half of the season Not for sale sorry!

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    johnty

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • …..could be nice boy!....it comes to us all!.... Along with experience, wisdom, and a desire to help others see clearly, the patently obvious!.....Pleased that you did not dispute the rest of the posting.....So I assume you must have agreed with my thoughts!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Stew, I fear it is just not going to happen. The board has set their sights on "17th position and achieve it however you like" and that is it for this season unless they have a last minute panic and a last gasp reaction in March. I think the man is a waste of space but we just have to grin and bear it.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Well, this is getting even more interesting. I hope Wes remembers it wasn't only Hughton that used him sparingly at Carrow Road.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • £750k is a bit insulting, if that is genuinely the offer. It smacks more of an attempt to ruffle Canary feathers rather than an appropriate bid for a proven player with 18 months on his contract.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • The real problem seems to be that despite players signing extended contracts, they know they only have to throw their dummy around and clubs will let them go. I, like most supporters really hope Wes stays with us right now but I could understand why he might want away as he has been given so little time on the pitch. What does worry me more though, is our continual failure to bring in a decent target man. The need for such was obvious the minute Holt departed and we failed to resolve the problem pre season. Surely our scouts should have had a list of targets lined up ready for the window to open. Most teams would have approached their man early so that his signature was on paper by day one. Hooper and RVW really do need such a player to free them up to score goals or they too may be considering their futures.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • i say straight swop with benteke.

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    bluelight

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Oh come on Johnty, Archant aren't THAT bad! I hope Wes stays and PLAYS - at least at home.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Mid-table would be superb. I predicted 12-14th in the summer even when others were aiming higher after what was a very productive summer transfer dealings. Who knows we could still reach that target. Im neither on the side of sacking or keeping. My only concern is the success of our club and staying in this league. Like mentioned we could easily win a few games and be safely in Mid table, just as easy as we could continue our form of the last 12 months and head the other way. My worry is, do we really show signs of heading that way? The squad is capable of achieving so much more and isn't. Does that mean we get rid of the manager, does it mean we stick with him hoping we turn this corner we've been looking for for months or do we hope others do worse than we do in order to survive? I applaud those that can remain super happy but im struggling too at present because I feel like the belief has been taken away slightly. Once again does that mean I want the manager out? not my call luckily lol but I fully trust the board should they decide to cut ties just as much as I do should they feel Hughton is the right man to lead us on.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Just to correct you there Stew Lambert actually finished 12th with his Norwich side in the premier league. It was Chris Hughtons Norwich that finished 11th. But, as we all know, that position doesnt count, because it didn't fit what you wanted to happen at the end of that season. Don't ever let facts get in your way Stew.

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    ncfc boy

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • DocOhNo - did pretty well. The article on Fox got the sum total of zero posts before the first anti-Hughton post. Despite being an "apologist", I am now thankful, however, that the "majority" and the "true fans" are educating me in the evils of Hughton's ways at every available opportunity. Now, of course, some might think it would be boring and repetitive to continue to spout and shout the same old opinions day after day, week after week, irrespective of the topic of the article or the effect that may have on player and\or fan morale generally. But not me, I for one applaud the incessant posts of the Hughton-out brigade - oops, sorry, I mean "majority of true fans". If it wasn't for them, I might be able to come to a considered opinion that they may not actually be right, and that (based on our current points total) we may actually go on a bit of a run (it wouldn't take much) to move us up into the dizzy echelons of mid-table mediocrity. But no, doom and gloom is far better. Keeps everyone in their place - and, if we're really lucky, we could replace Hughton with someone who's never managed above U18 level before (e.g. Adams) - which has, incredibly (in my view), been touted on here as a good replacement. Yes, that would be the answer for sure. Good on you, the vocal "majority". But, for now, I think I will continue to hold my position in the less-vocal "minority". For what it's worth (and I appreciate very little as I am not calling for a sacking) but I believe that, if we do not sack Hughton, we will finish in 14th place this season. I am one of those who would have happily taken that at the start of the season though, so to my mind, that would be a good season. I wonder if part of the perceived problem with Hughton is that there were a number of people on these boards talking about pushing for European football this season. Then, I suppose, its more a question of allignment of expectations? Who knows, maybe I am happy to set the bar too low? Actually, yes, that must be it. We spent £27m in the summer. Let's forget that still means we have one of the least expensive squads in the league and with one of the lowest wage bills. That stuff counts for nothing. We spent £27m in the summer. Why have we not already got the league title in our pocket? Must be rubbish management. Let's sack Hughton.

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    PutneyCanary

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Going to say it again, Mr Hughton if you let WES HOOLAHAN leave this football club you know where the door is, the fans will never forgive if you sell are best player,

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    hooley14

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Regarding Hooley and Hughton only the CEO and board will decide their futures so certain fans are winding themselves up for nothing.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • …..It's called ground bait..oh nice one..... some little fish is bound to respond!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • If Wes goes and CH fails to recognise that we need a replacement with a similar amount of flair and ability in our squad then I feel he is going to lose the remainder of fans that have stuck by loyally. Having Wes has often been the difference between two sides and given us the cutting edge when otherwise we would have been going nowhere. For example when we played Palace at home this season..Is there a replacement within our reach if he does go??

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • It was something else when Dave Stringer ruled in East Anglia.

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    JDeehan

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Trickery by Villa that has backfired and put Lambert under even more pressure. I'm guessing he thought a swashbuckling raid on Norwich would raise his stock a bit with his dwindling support base at Villa. "Lambert Out!" they cry in the Holte end! Bit of a massive fail on Villas part. Wes is under contract and we won't even talk to Villa, makes it kind of hard to do business. Wes may very well want to go but I don't think Villa can afford the price we will put on him and even then we don't need the money. Clubs have the power in January.

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    ncfc boy

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Who wants to play for CH anyway? Can you see any joy or confidence in the squad? Nope...

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    JDeehan

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • It's called irony Mattias.

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    Canary on the moon

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • i say straight swop with benteke.

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    bluelight

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Not bad, 4 posts about Wes transfer before the first anti Hughton post

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • A couple of pointers if i may. Firstly, i find it bizarre that people in this day and age of the Interweb still think its the Manager that sets the opening bids, final offers etc. Anyone with a little football savvy knows this is all done by CEO etc. The manager just identifies who he wants. Not sure how its Lambert thats causing all the commotion? Secondly, bear with me here, £750k for a bit part 31 year old entering his last 18 months is a fair opening player. Yes, hes probably your best player, yes the offer seems low, but you have to take into consideration the management team of Hughton etc cannot rate him high enough to start every week. Your Directors have a Court date i believe the end of this week to settle moneys owed to PL and of course their counter claim. Just seems like they are like an only child, they dont really want the toy but wont let anyone else have it either. Thirdly, is this the same Mr Dennis that predicted Lambert would 100% not go to Villa? I believe he did. Look how that one panned out. There is no fail in this bid, we get him in great, we dont then there are better younger options that we are in for. FYI - im not keen on Hoolahan, hes not what we need at this moment in time, we have other areas to strengthen.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Spot on Trevor. People just dont get how you require players of his sorts to make chances. Yes he can be frustrating when he gives the ball away, but in giving it away he's actually trying to make that defence splitting pass which when it comes off opens a team up and creates a real chance. An more to the point its not like the rest of the team don't give it away 90% of the time (Mr Johnson im looking at you) even when under no pressure. By slowly getting rid of all the technical, passing players at this club over time I cannot see Hughtons tactics working. The only hope Hughton has of getting his lump it forward to the imaginary target man he had at Newcastle and Birmingham is by convincing Jan Koller out of retirement. ;) ! Think it will come down to who is better at playing the same awful tactic, Big Sam, Hoots or Tony Pulis as there all setting there teams out to play roughly the same way and all lacking that key element a target man for one reason or another.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • £750,000 for any player who's played in the Prem for us this season is a joke, even more so Wes. He's got the ability to change a game when he's on it.

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    Mr. Livers

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

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