Speculation again casts doubt over Holt’s future at Carrow Road

Canaries skipper Grant Holt.

Canaries skipper Grant Holt. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City fans are experiencing a sense of déjà vu as the future of striker and skipper Grant Holt again appears to be in doubt.

A year ago Holt's career at Carrow Road was at an impasse – the season had ended with the hitman handing in a shock transfer request before eventually signing a new contract in July.

Now it seems there are more doubts about Holt's position within the team, after one national newspaper suggested that only a lack of offers was preventing him from making a return to his native north of England.

The report claimed there have been inquiries for Holt from Championship teams but that Norwich 'have not received a concrete offer'.

Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace are said to be one of the interested parties, with the Sunday People claiming they have made an inquiry but that it would take £2m to persuade City to let him go – and then Palace want him as cover for the injured Glenn Murray.

Australian A-League side Melbourne Heart claim they were interested last month, but couldn't match the asking price.

Speculation regarding Holt is unlikely to go away in a hurry, especially as many fans are not convinced that he won't follow his family who have relocated to their native Carlisle – and with City boss Chris Hughton in the midst of rebuilding plans for the new season.

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Hughton has already added £8m striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon and has been heavily linked with PSV attacker Ola Toivonen – both of which simply add fuel to the speculative flames.

Meanwhile, there are also claims that Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is ready to test his former club with an offer for winger Elliott Bennett, who has just a year remaining on his contract.