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With Wes Hoolahan handing in a transfer request, is a deal on the horizon for Aston Villa?

Richard Heathcote

Aston Villa target and Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan has reportedly handed in a transfer request and told his teammates that he "never wants to play for Norwich again". Villa had previously been linked to a £1.5 million bid for Hoolahan and the player appears to want to join former manager Paul Lambert in Birmingham.

Other reports say that Norwich plan on rejecting the "derisory" offer from Villa and will also reject the transfer request. The report also states that Norwich will not do any deals with Villa until after the transfer tribunal over Jed Steer is completed next week.

It shouldn't be particularly surprising that Norwich aren't interested in dealing with Villa. By all accounts, Norwich aren't thrilled with the way Lambert left the club, nor are they happy with the aforementioned acquisiton of Steer. But if Hoolahan has handed in this request and does not want to play for the Canaries, it would be hard to not see this deal going through at some point.

Under Lambert, Hoolahan helped lift Norwich back the Premier League with two consecutive promotions in 2009-10 and 2010-11. But this season under Chris Hughton, Hoolahan has made just nine appearances in league play and twelve overall.