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Norwich transfer update: Hoolahan wants Villa, offer for Pilkington

Wes Hoolahan remains marooned at Norwich City as a key man is supposedly subject to a bid.

The Ireland international’s situation has yet to take a step forward – having seen his official transfer request denied by his current employers earlier this week.

On Thursday the 31-year-old once more emphasised his desire to move on from Carrow Road – citing a lack of consistent minutes whilst claiming the club have offered him no explanation as to why he’s being forced to stay.

As has been previously claimed, Hoolahan confirmed his desire to reunite with ex-Canaries boss Paul Lambert at Aston Villa – though looks no closer to having his wishes fulfilled.

According to WalesOnline, Swansea have tabled a £3m offer for winger Anthony Pilkington, who has struggled for fitness since November but recently returned to the fold.

Swans chairman Huw Jenkins indicated earlier in January that that the Irishman’s injury issues left the Liberty Stadium outfit disinclined to make a bid for his services.

Even if the latest reports are to be believed, however, given Norwich’s repeated insistence that no first team players will be sold, it looks as if Pilkington’s departure is an unlikely one.

One-time Liverpool trainee Daniel Ayala has secured a permanent move to Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee after a successful loan spell under Aitor Karanka that began in October.

On the addition front, Norwich had been tipped to make a play for Stoke’s Glenn Whelan if the Potters could lure Lee Cattermole away from Sunderland. Yet Black Cats manager Gus Poyet has since downplayed reports of a £5m offer for the former England U-21 international.

And Norwich’s hunt for a central defender looks to have gone cold, as the Canaries were thought to be gearing up to make a run at Lazio’s Michael Ciani, but the situation appears yet to develop further.

The Frenchman would be the third Serie A stopper linked with Chris Hughton’s side to never arrive at Carrow Road this January, following AS Roma’s Nicolas Burdisso and Inter’s Andrea Ranocchia.

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