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Whelan and Hoolahan take the News Leads

According to a couple of reports from sources, Stoke's  Glenn Whelan could sign for City if Mark Hughes signs Lee Cattermole from Sunderland.  The Irish Independant has a record for being reliable with it's football news.

Whelan a regular this season but would be most vulnerable if Cattermole was recruited. Stoke are understood to be lining up a £5m bid for his services.  Hughton is said to be in the market for a defensive midfielder, now there is a surprise.

Wes Hoolahan

The same paper carries a story on Wes Hoolahan who is at loggerheads with the club and has has a transfer request rejected.  In the article Hoolahan is quoted as saying.

"The last couple of months, I've not been playing as much as I would have liked," Hoolahan said. "I've been at Norwich for five and a half years and I have the utmost respect for the fans and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the club. But I feel my time here has now run its course and I need a new challenge.

"At my age, I need to be playing regular first-team football and that is not happening at Norwich. There have been times this season when I've not even been included in the squad and the majority of the time I have been on the bench. Nothing has really been explained to me. Obviously, the club signed a lot of new players in the summer and the change of formation probably doesn't suit me. I want a new challenge and a fresh start."

Hoolahan had hoped to leave Norwich amicably, but felt it necessary to hand in an official transfer request after talks over his future were unproductive

"It's a shame it has got to this," he said. "I tried to do things sensibly and quietly because I've not been involved whatsoever. But I was told the club do not want to sell me. I don't really know what will happen next, hopefully there will be more conversations to resolve the matter. There has not been any big row or anything like that. The club know my wishes and that is as far as it has gone."


I cannot bt help to have a certain amount of sympathy for the little feller, there have been many games this season which is crying out for that extra touch Hoolahan brings to the team, but largely this gets overlooked by Hughton as he makes some of the strangest changes to be seen.  He is the most skilfull ball player at the club, and that is according to Hughton's Assistant Caulderwood, yet  Wes has spent far too much time watching his team mates.


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