The Wes Hoolahan affair at Carrow Road has develops as the transfer window rolls on.
Norwich City confirmed on Tuesday that the Ireland international had turned in a transfer request – in the same breath swiftly rejecting his appeal to play football elsewhere.
For weeks the 31-year-old has been paired with a move to former Canaries boss Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa – a £750,000 offer having been spurned earlier this month.
Hoolahan himself had yet to divulge his own intentions but has now made them quite clear – going so far as to release a personal statement imploring his current employers to reverse the decision to force him to stay.
The situation seemingly will only grow more awkward going forward as the attacking midfielder’s desire to move on is now public. It certainly doesn’t end here and with plenty of time to go – in converted transfer window minutes – before deadline day, further developments should abound.
At the weekend a double link between Norwich and Celtic cropped up, concerning both the managerial front and the squad.
Boss Chris Hughton’s position looked tenuous at best heading into Saturday’s encounter with Hull, the club having warned him that slipping into a relegation battle wouldn’t be tolerated.
Hoops tactician Neil Lennon had been named as a potential successor but downplayed reports alleging he could take over for Hughton after the Canaries’ 1-0 victory – instead throwing his support behind the Irishman.
Robert Snodgass was tipped by the Scottish media for a switch to Parkhead in the build-up to the Hull clash, having supported Celtic as a boy in his native Glasgow.
Yet Hughton immediately rushed to quash speculation of a departure for the talismanic winger – whilst Snodgrass himself somewhat cryptically stated his focus remains on bringing success to his current employers.
Elsewhere, the Canaries look set to miss out on PSV Eindhoven striker Ola Toivonen – who also rebuffed the club’s advances during the summer – as Dutch sources have claimed the 27-year-old will join Ligue 1 outfit Rennes.
Norwich remain keen on adding a defender, however, with the latest rumours suggesting a bid may soon be made for Lazio stopper Michael Ciani.
Hughton’s men have reportedly failed twice already in offers for Serie A based centre-backs – for Inter’s Andrea Ranocchia and AS Roma’s Nicolas Burdisso – though seem keen to try once more in an effort to shore up the back line.
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