Rumour Mill: Norwich City complain to Aston Villa over their pursuit of Wes Hoolahan

Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan continues to dominate the headlines. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan continues to dominate the headlines. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, January 23, 2014
11:26 PM

Wes Hoolahan’s future took another twist on Thursday after Norwich City formally complained to Aston Villa about their chase for the playmaker.

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Hoolahan’s transfer request was rejected on Tuesday, so he went public with his desire to leave Carrow Road and be reunited with Paul Lambert.

The Canaries’ wrote to Villa complaining about Lambert’s public courting of Hoolahan, despite City reiterating the player was contracted to the club and not for sale.

Villa’s reply simply acknowledged receipt of the correspondence and noted its contents.

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough were desperate to seal a £700,000 deal for Dani Ayala before his emergency loan ended on Thursday.

Ayala and Boro boss Aitor Karanka are keen on the switch, which would marginally increase Ayala’s wages. However, City are playing hardball over the fee.

Should Ayala return to Norfolk, he would still be available for another loan on Teesside for the rest of the season – as well as a loan or permanent move elsewhere.

And reports in Ireland suggested Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan is a City target – should Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole make a £5m switch to the Britannia Stadium.

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17 comments

  • It seems its the NCFC Board who are determined to keep this in the public eye. Not one word from Villa. Of course nothing will happen to Villa. What have we done exactly? Lambert answered a question aimed at him, he responded and said he was a good player but he wasnt his player so he didnt want to talk about him? Not once has he said the boy wants to come to us and we will do all we can to get him. There was no tapping up, no heads being turned. The club didnt have to inform WH of our interest. By the way, WH was told back in November he was surplus to requirements and told he could look else where. I think its rather petty but then again, i wouldnt want to sell to a rival at this stage either, regardless of who it was. I love the Villa are a tiny club remark too. Priceless. Doesnt come across as narrow minded at all.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • It would be good to hear Hoots crack a joke, eg he could even just say Elmander, and everyone's ribs would be aching from rolling around the floor. These days, I don't go to as many games as I would like, but I did go to the last Fulham game. He had to walk within ten yards of us on his way to the pavilion. Quite a few people let rip in no uncertain terms. I wasn't one of them though I sincerely want him to get his bike out of the shed. He's definitely got the hump at the moment, and probably has had for some time. He's just so blody stuck in his ways, which is why the ball keeps sticking in the mud whenever we try to play football, and as for that McNally chap saying his remit is to keep us out of the bottom three, its a bit like saying I've made sure that you've got one piece of toilet paper each And Wes? If Lambert called me up and said I know you haven't played for a bit, how do you fancy some games with us? I'd jump at the chance, even though I'm 57

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Wes to score the winner against Newcastle or at least be involved in the winner. Mark my words. Can see it coming a mile off!

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • If all else fails with Wes, I'm sure a contract will be winging its way to a certain Mr Edgar Davids.....

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    MonkeyNuts

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Now I know the world has gone mad . £5 million for Lee Cattermole !! That makes Wes worth close to £50 million .

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    mjc75

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • It's surely more personal than bad blood between two clubs, and that really needs to be put a stop to. It's unprofessional and unnecessary. People have to move on and not keep harking back to the past.

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • I wouldn't rule out Wes getting a game or two for us sometime soon as I think that CH is not all he pretends to be. Firstly he said at the AGM that he couldn't play RvW and Hooper up front together as they were too much alike (really!!) and then he goes and plays them together at Everton and subsequently Hull. Also lately he has played Wes against Man Utd, Garrido at left midfield, Josh Murphy from the bench. All this tells me that although he wants to appear stubborn and in control he has been forced to do things that normally he wouldn't countenance. If only he would do it more often and to a greater effect and with a little bit of honesty as at the moment he is not fooling many people. And Chris a smile and a joke at some of your press conferences would go a long way in your favour. You might need us all on side someday soon.

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    NICEONE

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Do agree with Monkey Nuts. Seems once again were the ones doing everything so publicly. Mr Lambert may well have spoken to Wes. We all know that goes on. Shesh, Malky Mackay admitted as much on Talksport this morning when talking about how the Gary Medal deal was done at Half time during Rio ferdinands testimonal to stop others nabbing him. Will we prove anything, of course not as while he probley has spoken to him theyve not done it in the sense that will result in punishment etc...Lambert answered the question spot on to me. Lets just hope the FA dont see us as wasting there time.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Don`t get drawn in, MonkeyNuts! Keep it friendly. This `tapping up` goes on all the time, but there`s no substantiable evidence to show it`s happened here. There did appear to be a clash of personalities between Lambo and our Chairman, Hyacinth Bowkett, but surely that should be passé now? On the `tiny club` thing, that`s no more than a standard jibe. Fact is, neither Norwich nor Villa are in the "Real Prem" at the moment. We are in the "Sub-Prem" of 11 clubs fighting for survival. As much as I admire what Soton have achieved so far, I think they`ll not be too far above the SubPrem at the end of the season. Injuries, rifts, changes at Executive level, suspending their own player etc. All I care about is Naaridge staying up!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Villa are such a tiny club, disgraceful behaviour we need to get the FA involved and get them properly punished for tapping up our staff.

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    ncfc boy

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Fair point mjc, you can see at least one reason why a £750k transfer to Villa would seem to be a bad bit of business for NCFC.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Reference Ayala, if we`re not going to use him, at least £700,000 gets back most of the £800k we reportedly paid for him. Is he not out of contract in the Summer, or did he sign an extension? We`ve let players like Martin, Lappin and Adeyemi go for zilch and Vaughan go for (reportedly) a lot less than we paid for him. So why "play hardball" over a `measly` £100k? I wonder how much longer there will continue to be "bad blood" between Villa and us

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • They'll be tapping the Murphys up next.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Mick Dennis is making interesting comments again regarding the situation if anyone cares to read his views. Usually quite accurate and factual as well. Im sure if you dont know where to read these comments a helpful google search for something like 'Mick Dennis Hoolahan Holt' will help ;) .....or you could wait for this site to publish similar things in about 3-4 weeks time lol. Makes good reading and even suggests that Hughton WANTS to play Hoolahan which puts a totally different spin and angle on things. Wonder if true, those who have slated Hoolahan and simply casted him aside will change there minds.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • You have a point there Monkey Nuts. If you're tiny, we must be microscopic, and that lot down the road, the size of an atom, but you have to admit we have the better manager, wonderful sense of irony, and a tactical approach that makes paradoxical intervention seem completely conventional. Top that one Brew!

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • It just adds fuel to the fire, nothing will happen to Villa, and Hoolahan probably more determined than ever to get away

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    Derek McDonald

    Friday, January 24, 2014

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