RUMOUR MILL: Norwich City’s Wes Hoolahan poised to sign a new deal as Ricky van Wolfswinkel prepares to wave goodbye

Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan is set to sign a contract extension.  Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan is set to sign a contract extension. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
8:26 AM

Norwich City’s midfielder Wes Hoolahan is set to seal his return to the fold at Carrow Road by signing a new two-year contract keeping him at the club until 2017.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Hoolahan looked keen to leave last season after handing in a transfer request in the January transfer window following interest from Aston Villa with the Republic of Ireland international firmly out of the picture under previous boss Chris Hughton.

But the Dubliner has been a key figure in the pre-season build-up for Neil Adams with the Canaries’ chief making it clear Hoolahan is now happy and ready to play a major role in City’s Championship promotion bid.

The Sun claim on Tuesday Hoolahan’s renaissance is set to be rubber-stamped with a two-year contract extension on the table for the former Shelbourne midfielder who was approaching the final year of his current deal.

Meanwhie, Ricky van Wolfswinkel looks set to complete his move to French club St Etienne on Tuesday on an initial season-long loan with an option to buy.

Saint Etienne head coach Christophe Gaultier believes van Wolfswinkel will be a major asset after holding positive talks with the striker over the weekend and undergoing a medical at the Greens.

The Dutch international struggled to impress during the Canaries’ Premier League relegation last season after a prolific spell at Sporting Lisbon, but Gaultier is in no doubt he will prove a big hit in Ligue One.

“He played against us in a friendly, two years ago,” Gaultier told French media on Monday. “At the end of the last season we had his name in mind. He is a man who has technical quality which is just like the Dutch. There they have a good football school that makes them men.”

Norwich chief Neil Adams confirmed after Friday’s final pre-season friendly against Celta Vigo the ball is now in the striker’s court, but van Wolfswinkel would be welcomed back into the fold if the initial loan deal, with an option to buy, fell through.

Latest Norwich City stories

41 comments

  • I know i've said it before, but cant resist sharing again as I find it so funny. My mates long term missus cheated on him with an NCFC player. We all felt sorry for him and said its just the typical old story. Fancy footballer, flashes the cash and lures her in...only issue was, she cheated on him with Gary Doherty! Cant make this stuff up!

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Mattias333

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • JakartaCan, spot on there. Lambo resurrected "The Doc" and he did us proud. He wasn`t a bad ol` boi - I thought he actually made `PoS` once? There were times when he looked like a penalty waiting to happen, but he always put in maximum effort. Similarly, Lambo got some "good shifts" out of Michael Nelson, another good ol` boi. It`s back to the King Midas in Reverse scenario. Lambo made silk purses from sows` ears; Krughton made sows` ears out of silk purses. Bassong may think he`s above all that sort of thing. Or, Adams may succeed in "getting his mind right". Btw: PL also extracted some performances from Chris Martin and got Wessi motoring again. Then there was Daryl Russell. Sorry to hear Archie is being obstructive, Timbo. It never happens to me...

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Matt on the Bassong issue -- reminds me of a situation of another CB when new manager came in and decided he was not good, then due to injury he played and was 3rd in POS. The player was certain Mr Doherty and the manager was a certain Mr Lambert! Bassong cannot become a bad player overnight hence if NA not willing to try and reform him then must be something more to it than form. We are short of defenders and I would like to keep him and try and involve him more to see if any change or at least until we bolster our defensive squad. OTBC

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Wes probably most important contract signing of the summer. I can now see the team selection logic for the last 5 games of last season - presumably only players NA felt were 100% committed to NCFC at that times.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Foxtrot Oscar Archant !

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Timbo

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Matti + Brew- replied- blocked !

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Timbo

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • FyldeCan... and Alan Ball played for Blackpool! Back in the `60s I was at University with a guy from Poulton and another from Kirkham. I even played (once) in the same team as Steve Heighway!! (Sorry, a bit tenuous, that one).

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • nothings been said about surman which was in the same article,that he's supposingly going back to Bournemouth.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    tonyb

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Ha, I like that Brew! I do live in Poulton now. My formative years, i.e. the 60's, having been spent in Norfolk.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Fylde Canary

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Btw, Timbo - you`re not a Country Vicar fan now, surely? ;-)

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • The concepts of RVW being an inappropriate\inadequate player and Hughton being a dire manager are not mutually exclusive. RVW never performed, and Hughton was a dire manager. VictorM:- Tom Adeyemi was an Academy product let go by Genius. It would be ironic were we to buy him back. He`s a good lad, no doubt. Rumour has it Cardiff want to buy him. He left NCFC for free, of course. Fylde Canary - did you ever work for Poulton & Ball? ;-)

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Goss, My mate whose a QPR season ticket holder said the same thing. He gives 110% no matter who he plays for and where he is played. Plays a variety of areas so im all for it. QPR fans were sorry to see him go. Fingers crossed!

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Mattias333

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Despite initial reactions from some quarters, it wouldn't surprise me if Gary O'Neil ends up a fan's favourite around here. He's a dependable player with good awareness that holds the line well...

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    GossVolley

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Overall,Hughton's signings were OK-the club has already made a nice profit on Snodgrass for example.It was the way he and his like-minded staff got them to play that was the problem.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Sky Sources (Literally as its NCFC fan\presente - Simon thomas) confirm Gary O'Neil has passed his medical and set to be confirmed as a NCFC player in due course.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Mattias333

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Timbo in fairness Iwan had a horrific first season not just few months with us, however he got his head right in 2nd season (his own words) and the team created chances for him. Infact it was quite role reversal. Back then the side was making chances for a nippy poacher and try as he would, Iwan wasnt that sort of striker. Similar to how last season The back line hoofed it up to the half way line on a regular basis where you needed a Iwan-esq type player instead of RVW. Agree in part that a good striker makes his own chances, fair comment, but in the style we played last season it was impossible for any striker to make his own chances. Hooper got lucky with a speculative long range effort but other than that his chances were created for him in the area (or via multiple mistakes from the other side). RVW had chances, and wasnt brilliant by any means but certainly wasnt helped being played in a system that only made his weaknesses stand out further. It be a bit like trying to play John Ruddy at the tip of the diamond instead of Wes. He'd give it a go but it wouldnt work and he'd get slated at a result. Im not standing up for RVW either as honestly, should he stay, he wouldnt make my starting 11 anyway. Just isnt rocket science to see why it didnt work. Even a certain cult hero Grant Holt agrees ;)

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Mattias333

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Enough! Bassong has made it clear that he is not committed to a future with Norwich City and has plainly demonstrated he wants to leave, so get rid of another piece of Hughton legacy and go forward with a squad who wish to play for this Club.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Good perspective on Bassong DJ and Matt. I had no idea he was that well thought of still by our squad. Just don't like the fractiousness of it all.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    el dingo

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Tom Ademeh (excuse spelling) has put in a transfer request at Birmingham after they rejected a bid from a Chanpionship side - could that possibly be City.?

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    VictorM

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Wise words Splat ! I'm reading some of these comments in disbelief. A decent striker will create his own chances, whatever the system. Anyone remember a rather portly red headed Welsh chap called Iwan something-or-other? He had a disaster the 1st few months he was with us...even booed off one game. How soon we forget. Wonder what happened to him? I'll tell you. He knuckled down, lost weight, worked on his game + left us many years later in tears, as a Norwich City legend. RVW has made a very good living from our fans ( some of whom are on the minimum wage) + given very little in return. He'll now go on to the tippy-tappy French league, do well in a less physical environment + earn even more money. Shed no tears as Splat says. We are better off without him. Give me Laffs + the Grabber upfront any day of the week. No ill will towards RVW. Not our worst signing in terms of ability, but in terms of value for money, certainly our least cost-effective. PS: Great news about Wes ! He's returned his transfer fee a couple of times over.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Timbo

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I dont want to keep harping on about Bassong. End of the day Neil Adams does not rate him, does not want him, end of story. That much was clear the minute Adams walked in as interim manager last season as Bassong was removed and said to be injured (despite everyone inc myself at Fulham seeing he clearly wasnt). Its a puzzle really as to whether something really did happen in terms to disrespecting Adams or whether Adams just doesn't rate him. He was made Captain by Hughton because he was Player of the season the year before and head & shoulders above any other player. He was Key. So key us 'fans' were saying things like "we need to sign another centre back on Bassongs level". Now hes public enemy no1 it seems. One thing ive noticed is, hes still very popular with the rest of the squad. For example images have appeared online of him at Leroy Fer's wedding recently as well as with the other lads at the training ground posing etc. So its certainly a personal choice from Adams rather than the player doing something that the team cant support. Issue now is off loading the player. He only signed a new deal last season so I doubt highly he would be willing to waive all that money and leave for nothing & likewise I doubt highly the club would be wanting to pay him off. Nobody appears to be rushing in to sign him though, and im quite sure the club wouldn't be asking for mega money as Adams appears to just want rid of him, yet still no clubs are coming forth. Hes like a modern day Winston Bogarde. I hope it all gets sorted. I cant help but think with the right management and the captains armband burden taken away, he could still be a great player for us (like he was!!!!) but clearly it isnt as simple as that and the issue is deeper, what ever it may be. I commented a few months ago after the away supporters end of season party (following the WBA home game) and Bassong was quoted there saying he doesn't want to leave, the club do though. Writing always on the wall since then.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Mattias333

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Dingo, Bassong either needs to be in or out but seems currently in limbo. That's not where we need him!

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Good news for a change. Well done Neil Adams. Now get rid of Bassong, sign a CB and probably a RBand we're sorted.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    el dingo

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Its noted DJ. Just look (for some reason) further down the news headlines hidden in yesterdays news. Maybe Archie deemed a hot prospect youth lads loan move not interesting enough. That loan move confuses me, as they are calling it a "youth loan", rather than just a normal loan. Does that mean he cant play in the first team? Does it just mean NCFC continue to pay his wages etc...under the understanding he will play regularly. Kind of wish it was a full season loan as surely that would be more of a benefit to him and NCFC, like Darren Huckerby said. A full year away would hopefully see him leave a boy and return a man with a years experience behind him.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Mattias333

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Seems Carlton Morris has gone out on loan to Oxford. No news of that here? Good move all round I think - should really bring him on. Very happy to see Wes commit.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Ink in short supply in France. Being poised for four days seems a long time. Maybe they cant afford a pen as well. ;-) Well done Wes, you know it makes sense.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    sharky

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • 110% spot on Mellow! Such a shame. Could have been so different. Would have loved to have seen him during the Lambert era up top with a Morison or Holt in their prime doing the dirty work supplying for him in the actual box where he is lethal. They could write a book on the problems and damage Hughton caused this fine club.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Mattias333

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Yes everything was Hughton's fault and none of it was poor little Ricky's. There were several games last season when we created plenty of chances to score whilst keeping it tight at the back but our attacking players failed to take them. If they had then we would have stayed up. Hull away, Cardiff at home, Cardiff away, West Ham away and Fulham away are all examples. Might not have been pretty but those games (and the ones that we did win) suggest that the team set up wasn't the problem but the ability of our front players to take their chances was. RvW wasn't the only one at fault but he was one of the worst culprits. Too many of you seem so blinded by your hatred of Hughton that you forget the players were also massively at fault. I'm sure the millionaire RvW will be able to get over his torrid time at Norwich where he was treated soooo badly by Hughton so try not to spill too many tears for him.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    SplatTheCat

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • …..'Uncle Stew' is well pleased.....

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • How wonderful news, indeed, (and how sad that managers need so much time to discover his qualities, but better late than never, `suppose)

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Fantastic news concerning Wes and glad to see him back to his old self last Friday evening. Despite the negativity surrounding RVW I wish him well. As I've said many times before, I believe he had goals in him - just not in a squad run by Hughton.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Brewer, Tommy Bryceland and Mal Lucas? Those were the days!

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Fylde Canary

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Yes good luck RVW it is a shame that you were used by that manager in the way you were. I don't think we saw the best of you by a long, long way. Please don't look upon us as a bad club we, like most clubs make mistakes and the appointment of CH was one of those although I didn't think so at the time.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Egyptian canary

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • best of luck rvw,hope you score lots of goals with your new club

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    canarykid

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Speaks volumes for the team spirit, well done Neil and have a good season Wes.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    cutty

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Very good news regarding Wes. At this level he could be the key to our success again. We are no longer a lower half Prem team who cant risk playing a luxury player. We technically should be one of the bigger clubs, that teams try to set up for a 0-0 against so in doing that we can use a player like Wes to our benefit.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Mattias333

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Parsnip

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Good news!! Wes looks sharp again and ready to play a major part in the squad. Yippee!!

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Egyptian canary

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • You beat me to it, Lobbo! I was about to write "I bet Uncle Stew`s pleased...". That is good news. Perhaps we`ll have a new feisty midfield pairing of `little guys`. Wes Hoolahan and Gary O`Neil the new Tommy Bryceland and Mal Lucas? Any more news on O`Neil? Or has that fizzled out.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Good news about Wes. Clearly he is happy again at Norwich. I wish RvW the best of luck at St Etienne and suspect he will start scoring goals again. Both players suffered badly under Hughton's misguided tactics. Similarly, Surman is back in the fold and looking like he will make an impact this season. I don't know if Hooper will remain, but if he does I feel the best front pairing is him and Graban with Laferty used as or when we need to change things and go for more aerial power. My remaining worry, however, is central defence, which again looked shaky and vulnerable against Celta Vigo.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    malaga flier

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Come on 'Stew', let's be aving you.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Lobbo

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

loading...

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT