West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has refused to be drawn into mounting speculation the Hammers are closing in on Norwich City skipper Grant Holt.

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Canaries’ chief executive David McNally used his personal Twitter account earlier this week to knock down reports City had accepted the Londoners’ latest offer for the club’s triple player-of-the-year.

Holt has been the subject of two previous bids from the Premier League new-boys after his surprise transfer request at the end of last season.

Fresh reports West Ham are now ready to meet City’s valuation led to claims of a £5.5m move for the 31-year-old – but Brady has reiterated her club will do their summer transfer business through the proper channels.

“It’s not appropriate to comment on other people’s players,” said Brady, when asked directly if Holt was on Sam Allardyce’s shopping list. “We prefer to do our business face to face with the chairmen of other clubs, and that’s what we’ll do.

“We hope to bring in a few more significant signings to improve our team and increase our chances of remaining in the Premier League and really ‘have a go’. Sam has made a very strategic plan. We have a comprehensive list of players we hope to bring in and we are working to do that.”

Evian’s £4m-rated striker Yannick Sagbo is the latest player linked with an Upton Park move, with Allardyce reportedly close to securing loan deals for Inter Milan’s Luc Castaignos and Juventus’ Eljero Elia following a trip to Italy last week.

Holt’s representative, Lee Payne, expects the striker’s future to be resolved when new Canaries’ boss Chris Hughton returns to work next week following a Florida break. Holt had also been touted with a potential reunion with Paul Lambert, but Norwich’s England keeper John Ruddy used his Twitter account to distance himself from reports he could make a Villa Park switch. Ruddy tweeted: “With regards to these rumours that everyone is tweeting me about I don’t know where they have come from, I have no desire to leave Norwich City.”

The Daily Record yesterday claimed Lambert was trailing Rangers’ Scottish international keeper Allan McGregor, who could potentially leave the ailing Ibrox club this summer.

City’s scheduled pre-season game at Celtic has been brought forward 24 hours to Tuesday, July 24 (KO 7.45pm) to avoid a clash with the Olympic football tournament taking place at Hampden Park.

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36 comments

  • It would have been worth Hodgson taking Holt for the penalties as a minimum. At least he would not have passed it to Buffon, how ever much he had been offered.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, June 25, 2012

  • Met Geoff Hurst this evening......He reckons that Grant Holt will stay at Norwich. He also thinks that Chris Hughton will do well as manager and backs both Norwich & West Ham to stay up next season. The rest of our conversation was about goal line technology...... he is all in favour, and FIFA have him down as a bit of an expert on the subject !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • Is it Villa Park that already has a stand named after Holt?? On that principle are there any 20 goal a season strikers callled Barclay, Jarrold or Rivers?

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    Pondlife

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • LOL, not sure how many more BJH puns we can do. I saw them in 1975 at Newcastle City Hall, a pleasant Sunday evening but that was all. I think they are still going, they played a rock venue near here called Z7, a unit on an industrial estate where all the oldies tour, it's like West Runton Pavillion revisited. I like to go there as I am never the oldest punter. Good to hear that Timbo will settle for a set of comedy teeth as his fee.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, June 24, 2012

  • OK if youve gotta go GO NOW go now. Join the 'rush hour' to Vanilla land,and i feel like i'm slipping in a slide zone

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, June 24, 2012

  • Ashley Young, Ashley Cole? We would have been better off with Laura Ashley.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, June 24, 2012

  • The sooner Chris Hughton gets back from his Florida break the better. Besides sorting out the Holt situation he needs to get busy in the transfer market. With Whitbread, Drury and Naughton gone, I feel distinctly nervous about our back four.

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    Flying Canary

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • PS: Barclay James Harvest- cracking band. Been a while since I've listened to any of their music. "Time Honoured Ghosts" what a brilliant title for an album. Showing my age now..LOL!

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    Timbo

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • Regretably I've never seen BJH live. I think there's now 2 different versions of the band. Seen the Moodies twice. Saw their last concert with their original line-up in the mid-70's ie: Mike Pinder still on keyboards. Truly the Binners days are now "Forever Autumn". Peace + love guys.....

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    Timbo

    Sunday, June 24, 2012

  • I agree Pondy, we conceded the midfield to whoever we were playing. Ashley Young seemed to be a liability and Milner had been practicing unsuccessfully in the barnyard. It did not look like Rooney had turned up either. To be fair, AC got some solid defensive headers in but not a lot else.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, June 25, 2012

  • Oh yes Timbo,Swiss. Holty would do well to remember "The higher you fly, the harder you fall (its) the way that it goes, so they say...". He'll be gone well before October(on). Once a player hands in a transfer request, the writing is on the wall. Let's take the 6m. One bad apple and all that..

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    canarydownunder

    Sunday, June 24, 2012

  • I am sure that "Mockingbird" could be re-writen with a canary theme.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • Met Geoff Hurst this evening......He reckons that Grant Holt will stay at Norwich. He also thinks that Chris Hughton will do well as manager and backs both Norwich & West Ham to stay up next season. The rest of our conversation was about goal line technology...... he is all in favour, and FIFA have him down as a bit of an expert on the subject !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • Pilks and Benno LePetit could not have done worse than Milner and Young. All round a typical West Brom performance. Thought Johnson immense, forwards got no service so couldn't do much

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    Pondlife

    Monday, June 25, 2012

  • LOL Pondy, or even that album "Days of future passed". Now it is "Forever Autumn, perhaps their fortunes are best described as "Ride my See-Saw".

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, June 24, 2012

  • He clearly does not want to be a Norwich player so get rid! Last thing we need is him hanging around pre-season and disrupting things.........I fear for Holt tho because next season could very easily be Grant who???

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    dave123

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • Apparently, Mark Rivers is now playing for a pub team in Leek, Staffs. I can drive there in an hour. What should our starting offer for his transfer be.... 20 quid + a tray of Delia's pies? If they dig their heels in I'll throw in a barrel of Brewer's finest home brew...

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    Timbo

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • Grant Holt is and always will be a NCFC legend, but if he wants to go lets thank him wish him well and cash in. If he truly wants to stay lets pay him a few extra quid and keep on singing 'there's only one Grant Holt'. Either way lets get it done, otherwise there will be no winners.

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    TDB577R

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • All the articles and topics on here are history and should have had something else written by now! Our rugby team did well and our cricket team won, why we all go on holiday?

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    blackdog2

    Monday, June 25, 2012

  • If we were offered the choice between Andy Carroll, Danny Wellbeck or Grant Holt to wear the Canaries' No 9 shirt next season, what would be the selection of the Archant readers? An absolute travesty that Grant was left behind.

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    Kent Anglian

    Monday, June 25, 2012

  • Where's Brew? Are you on holiday with our friends from South of the border?

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    blackdog2

    Monday, June 25, 2012

  • Well .....I'm motivated only by my love of the club Swiss so I'll settle for a set of genuine reproduction Iwan Roberts comedy false teeth (delight your family + surprise your friends by fooling them into thinking you've had your front teeth knocked out .......)..

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    Timbo

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • I would be inclined to stop fretting and wait for the signed, sealed and gone if and when it ever happens (which I believe won't)!! This emotional blackmail has been going on far too long in my book. And the only loser here will be Holt, if he decides to leave; joining another club won't necessarily work in his favour I'm afraid.

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    Canarygirl

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • 1p5wich fans are more likely to go for Moody Blues that BJH. They will forever be "On the threshold of a dream" but never quite corssing it

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    Pondlife

    Sunday, June 24, 2012

  • OK Timbo, but as his agent, what's your slice of the pie?

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • Indeed Swiss. And "Suicide" could be the song 1p5wich Down run out to next season ..." A club, called 'The Loser'...".

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    Timbo

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • No news then. Lee Payne is a fairly regular commenter in the press and has a long relationship with Sam Allardyce. Here is an exert from a 2006 interview in the Guardian, "I've dealt with Sam Allardyce and he was very professional. There was never a question of him wanting to be "looked after". I've done deals with Harry Redknapp, too - I helped take Svetoslav Todorov to West Ham and then Portsmouth - and, again, he was a joy to work with. There was never a question of a bung. But sadly, some agents give us all a bad name". He claims to have discovered Jussi Jaaskelainen at a small club in Finland but after five years had him pinched by agent Peter Harrison who was subsequently disgraced and bankrupt, though in turn Harrison blames other agents for slow, quirky and expensive deals and all sorts of "bungs". What ever happened to a fair day's pay for a fair day's work.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • karren brady's name being mentioned without the shot of that hottie..a shame, anyway, if holty wants to go, and he does, lets be thankful for the service he has given us. i was just wondering, can yakubu do us a turn?

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    lordyfan

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • JC you are spot on and City should ask for the full amount up front,none of this a bit now and the rest if the goals don't dry up which they could as he will be a known quantity second time around.

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    Sherbert

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • If Holt wants out, then get the max that can be got. A new day dawns, maybe a cliche, but thats life.

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    FIGGIS

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • No Norwich fan wants him to leave. But it seems, alas, to be only heading one way. And if so, facts are that he's a whole-hearted, 15-goal Premier league striker who has scored against world-class defenders in the top teams, and now also has the top-flight experience that teams coming up desperately need. Whatever his age, whatever his supposed (untrue) lack of mobility, those facts alone should make his price £8m or above. Anything less would be a travesty.

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    Johannesburg Chris

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • They should have taken Holt.

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, June 24, 2012

  • Just put him on the market for £6m cash on delivery, not add on etc.. Then CH should get his cheque book out and show some muscle in the transfer market. Danny Graham could fill Holt's boots. Then again,give him 25k a week and he might stay. OTBC

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    Tone the moan

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • Hey pondlife we could bring back Mark Rivers, get Stuart Jarrold to to the commentary and Barclay hmmm James Harvest to provide the pre match entertainment.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • OK if youve gotta go GO NOW go now. Join the 'rush hour' to Vanilla land,and i feel like i'm slipping in a slide zone

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, June 24, 2012

  • yes pondlife the HOLTE end i lived behind their ground on yew tree road. Always remained a canary tho OTBC

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    lordyfan

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

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