TRANSFER LATEST: West Brom, Aston Villa and Newcastle chasing Norwich City’s Wes Hoolahan

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Wes Hoolahan of Norwich and Michael Carrick of Man Utd in action during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 28/12/2013 Wes Hoolahan of Norwich and Michael Carrick of Man Utd in action during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich.

Friday, January 31, 2014
4:03 PM

Aston Villa, West Brom and Newcastle are all thought to be trying to prize Wes Hoolahan away from Norwich City as the transfer window draws to a close.

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Aston Villa have already had three bids rejected for the wantaway playmaker but that hasn’t stopped another two teams in the top-flight offering to end the Irish ace’s misery at Carrow Road.

Initially West Brom’s identity was anonymous but TalkSPORT and other media have since insisted that Albion are the club who wants to sign the diminutive schemer. The Baggies are keen on taking him to the Hawthorns on a loan deal until the end of the season.

However, in the last few minutes, the Metro have broken the story that Newcastle are trying to sign Norwich’s unsettled player following the departure of Yohan Cabaye to Paris St Germain. West Brom’s James Morrison is also interesting the Magpies.

Hoolahan has become a bit-part figure under Chris Hughton and appears desperate to force a move away from Norfolk. However, his transfer request was turned down by the Canaries’ hierarchy who are determined to not let him leave.

Another player strongly linked to be on his way out of the club before the 11pm deadline is striker Luciano Becchio. Reports in the north-east suggest he looks poised to join Championship side Middlesbrough – probably on a loan deal. Anthony Pilkington has attracted the interest of Swansea City but is unlikely to be allowed to leave.

A string of names have been rumoured with a move to Norwich, many of whom have ended up elsewhere or currently in talks with other clubs. However, Ladbrokes are suggesting that City are keen on adding Newcastle United winger Gabriel Obertan to their squad, especially if Hoolahan departs.

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25 comments

  • OMG! I only typed it once, honest! :)

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    kevin

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Might not the paucity of NCFC transfer activity be deliberate in order to allow the new manager freedom to choose his preferred squad in readiness for next season's championship campaign.

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    Armchair fan

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Brew there is, unfortunately an underlying theme here that we mentioned yesterday. It certainly makes you wonder.

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    sharky

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Bmaking the evening better ,rew , a bottle of Mersea Island Native wine is making the transfer deadline inactivity more bearable.What are you and other august scribes using as an aide

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • The word is "prise", Gavin dear boy!

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    la barbe

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • So are the 'unamed club' going to buy him and loan him out to Aston Villa? PL needs to step back and let this young man get on with his life.

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    Jim

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Sell him to Newcastle. Let him have a few North-Easterly winds and see how he likes it up there.

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    CanaryWest

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Sorry sharky; my bad. I tought you had joined the small group of people who slyly suggest that any anti-Hughton feelings\opinions are rooted in a more sinister agenda, but they won`t come out and say what that is, though I think I can guess. I think your phrase `underlying theme` triggered the wrong connection. Once again, sharky, my humble and sincere apology. Pax Canaria, and please, please a good performance and at least a point on Saturday.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Di Canio???!!! I'd rather Norwich bring in a true passionate Italian when Hughton's head rolls -Gianfranco Zola! He'd definitely spice up Delia's current disastrously performing menu...

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    Fluffythomas

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • 'not allowed to leave'...'not allowed to play'...not wanting to play. .Hoolahan has got to go, wake up management and get a deal done for Wes and maybe let the money be used for another 30 loan signing.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • NCFC cant afford to let him move anywhere, he is needed at Norwich and needs to be playing again.

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    Jim

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Wow, our transfer dealing is about as exciting as our football. Our most creative player is so desperate to leave he'll say anything to make it happen (and who can blame him) and no one of any real value seems interested in joining. Maybe we should now sing "off the boil city!"

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    aeleven

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Forget new signings, we are mid table playing the Hughton way. It wont last, of course, but we still look to be another 3 weeks before another must win game to meet the "out of bottom 3" brief.. Home v Spurs, live on Sky. A 1-7 rout. Fans tearing up season tickets in Hughtons face. Delia on the pitch half time, Lets be avin yer, the sequel. Hughton sacked. Days later we appoint a foreign manager renowned for his touchline passion and love of flair players. Di Canio day is coming.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • MB I was eluding to the fact that our manager has been told to hold the rains. No Money. As you were saying yesterday. Goodness knows what your post is about. I,m lost.

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    sharky

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Is looking like the Baggies have won!

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    CANARY-CRUISE-GIRL

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Wes doesnt like us, we don't play him; he might as well go.

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    Cecil

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Why loan him out. Crazy!!!!

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    sharky

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • We all know Wes is the best and we want him to stay but our oddly thinking Manager doesn't choose to give him the starts he deserves - can't blame the poor chap for wanting to move on, perhaps the chance of playing with his old mate again. Good luck Wes. OTBC!! x

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    CANARY-CRUISE-GIRL

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • RE-reading that this wine is better than I thought

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • sharky, I wish you accusers would be explicit. It is a very serious slur, if I get your drift aright. I certainly would not like it. But it`s a very cheap and easy card to play. If that is the card you are all playing. The sly way it is being done is almost as bad as the alleged incorrectness. Slyly slur me now, if you wish. Overtly would be better.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • `Not allowed to leave`. Implies the desire but not the means. Apart from the carefully scripted platitudes uttered by Russell Martin et al, is there any real empathy between the manager and `his` players? There are warmer fish in my freezer.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • "IF" it happens, and its a big IF I'm sure it will go down well in the midlands!! :)

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    kevin

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • So all we're getting is a couple of on-loan has-beens who have not even been much?

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    Cecil

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • thats 30 plus in years.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Let him go!! He obviously doesn't want to be here and after 'reported' comments made about NCFC We don't want him! It's a pity it has come to this as he is a good player BUT I think the time is right for a parting of the ways

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    Gary Guymer

    Friday, January 31, 2014

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