Canaries stand firm on Villa target

Last Updated: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:37

Norwich boss Chris Hughton has once again reiterated Wes Hoolahan won't be allowed to join Aston Villa amid talk of a late deal.

The Republic of Ireland international has made it clear he wants to quit the Canaries and join up with former manager Paul Lambert at Villa Park, handing in a transfer request earlier this month.

Norwich turned down his request to be allowed to leave and are believed to be reluctant to sell to Villa due to the unseemly way Lambert departed Carrow Road in 2012.

Hoolahan is reportedly far from happy with the way Norwich have handled the situation and is ready to make one last attempt to push through a move before the transfer window shuts on Friday.

Reports on Tuesday indicated Villa could make a last-ditch bid for the 31-year-old but Hughton has intimated that he remains part of his first-team plans.

"Wes is a player who we have made clear to that the bid we received is not acceptable and that we are not willing to grant his transfer request," said Hughton.

"Around that will be issues like the emotional side of things and how the fans might react and we can't do anything to control that. It is not about a player wanting to go, because he is not the first and he won't be the last.

"We just have to manage the circumstances. I have to decide whether he is in the right frame of mind to be involved. It would not have been our wish for this situation to come around but we now have to deal with it.

"What I do know is that we are in a much better position to handle any requests for our players compared to a few years ago."

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