Queens Park Rangers and Forest chase Norwich City playmaker

Aston Villa's number one target through January could now be ready to join a Championship side after Queens Park Rangers, Nottingham Forest and Reading all take interest.

According to reports published by The Derby TelegraphNottingham Forest, Queens Park Rangers and Reading could all move for 31-year-old Wes Hoolahan in an attempt to boost their promotion chances.

Hoolahan spent the majority of the summer being chased by his former manager Paul Lambert, however, Chris Hughton's resolve outlasted Lambert's and the player remained at Carrow Road.

Speaking earlier in the month, Norwich City boss Chris Hughton made it clear he expects the Republic of Ireland international to put the disappointment of not being allowed to leave the club behind him, despite handing in a transfer request in order to force a move to relegation rivals Aston Villa.

''He's a good player. There's not doubt about that. We know what Wes brings us,'' Hughton told BBC Radio Norfolk

''I would very much expect him to knuckle down. He's a good professional and a line has been drawn under it.''

But the player's eagerness to play first team football could again become overwhelming with the loan window being open.

Since the start of the year, Hoolahan has only played one game for the club, starting in a 1-1 draw away at Crystal Palace and despite Hughton announcing he is in his plans for the rest of the season, he was once again left as an unused substitute in their shock draw with Manchester City on Saturday.

A move to any of the promotion contenders could be looked at favourably for Hoolahan as he looks to reinstate his credibility and possibly look to win a long-term contract for a side possibly playing Premier League football next season.

A move to the Championship would also mean his performances wouldn't hurt Norwich, like it would have done at Villa, which would have potentially strengthened a rival in the bottom half of the table.

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