Norwich City: Canaries deny Hoolahan transfer request reports

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Norwich have denied claims from that reported Aston Villa target Wes Hoolahan has handed in a transfer request.

It was reported on Tuesday in Birmingham that Hoolahan had asked to leave Carrow Road for Villa Park, where the former Norwich boss Paul Lambert is under pressure after a bad sequence of results.

But Canaries’ chief executive David McNally has shot down the claims and insisted none of the club’s senior players will be sold this month.

He said: “The club’s focus is on improving the squad during this transfer window. As we’ve always said, no players will be sold against our will. We’ve received no transfer requests this season and have no intention of releasing any of our senior players.

“Our focus this January, as with every transfer window, is very much on improving the squad.”

Hoolahan was a regular for three seasons under Lambert as he guided Norwich City from League One to the Premier League and the midfielder continued to be a fixture in the side when Chris Hughton replaced the Scotsman after his controversial switch to Villa Park.

The 31-year-old, however, has started just five Premier League games this season and was missing at the weekend as Norwich drew 1-1 with Fulham in the third round of the FA Cup.

But Norwich manager Chris Hughton explained that the Republic of Ireland international’s absence was purely down to an injury.

“Wes at this moment is having treatment,” he said. “There has been no bid that I am aware of, absolutely not.”

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