Hoolahan revives hopes of sealing Aston Villa move

The midfielder wants to quit Norwich City this week and has resurrected hopes of being reunited with Paul Lambert after his transfer request was rejected by the Canaries last week
By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Wes Hoolahan's hopes of sealing a switch from Norwich City to Aston Villa this week have been revived, Goal understands.

The midfielder remains keen to quit Norwich despite having a transfer request rejected by the club last week.

This had appeared to dent Hoolahan’s wish for a move in the January window but Goal has learned that talks through third parties have started in recent days to prompt confidence that a deal can be brokered before Friday's deadline.

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Hoolahan, 31, wants to link up again with his former Norwich boss Paul Lambert at Villa Park but the Midlands club have been frustrated by the Canaries’ reluctance to negotiate. An opening bid of around £1 million was rejected last week.

Lambert’s attempts to sign Hoolahan, who joined Norwich from Blackpool in 2008, have been complicated by the fractious relationship between the manager’s current and former employers, dating back to his acrimonious exit from Carrow Road in 2012.

Speaking last week, Hoolahan said: "I played some of the best football of my career under him and it was Paul who converted me from a winger to playing in the hole behind the striker.

"At my age, I need to be playing regular first-team football and that is not happening at Norwich."

Chris Hughton has claimed he wants to add to his squad rather than lose anyone, while a City statement last week said "the board of Norwich has stated clearly no senior players will be sold against the club’s wishes."

Hoolahan's contract runs until the summer of 2015.