Claims that Norwich City skipper Grant Holt is unhappy over a “lucrative” new contract for one of his team-mates have been dismissed by the player and his agent.

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Setanta Sports reported yesterday that top scorer Holt, whose future at Carrow Road has been uncertain since he handed the Canaries a transfer request five weeks ago, was “irked” by Andrew Surman’s new three-year deal, described by Setanta as worth £22,000 per week.

However, the striker’s own comments on Twitter struck a different note as he congratulated Surman on his contract.

“Well done to Surs on his new deal,” he wrote. “Well deserved, done great the last two years for Norwich, great lad too.”

Holt reinforced that opinion after the Setanta story appeared, saying: “Where do these people get their information, did they not see my tweet yesterday?”

Holt’s representative, Lee Payne, backed up that view yesterday when he said: “We don’t get ourselves involved in other players’ deals.

“There is a comment on Grant’s Twitter about Andrew Surman which is very, very complimentary.”

The agent was reluctant to make any comment on Holt’s contract situation, but it appears there has been no change in the two weeks since Chris Hughton was appointed City manager.

Holt submitted a transfer request on May 18, which was rejected by the club, and he reasserted his wish to move after Paul Lambert resigned as manager.

The 31-year-old is one year into a three-year contract with City, but had been hoping for an extra year on his existing deal.

Team-mates Russell Martin and Surman have both signed new three-year deals since Hughton’s arrival.

“It is difficult to make any comment with Chris Hughton out of the country and I wouldn’t want to comment either way until Chris is back,” said Payne.

Holt, with 70 goals in three seasons for City, has been linked with newly-promoted West Ham and Lambert’s Aston Villa, with reports this week that the Hammers were prepared to make an improved bid of £5.5m.

On the day Hughton was appointed, City chairman Alan Bowkett urged Holt to rethink his transfer request.

“I think it is an opportunity for Grant and his agent to row back from a rather intractable position and have a sensible conversation with the football club,” he said at the time.

“Our door is open. We want him to stay, we want him to play for us and I think he would really enjoy playing for Chris.”

35 comments

  • One day a fourth-grade teacher asked the children what their fathers did for a living.. All the typical answers came up -- fireman, mechanic, businessman, salesman, doctor, lawyer, and so forth. However, little Johnny was being uncharacteristically quiet, so when the teacher prodded him about his father, he finally replied,' Okay...my father's an exotic dancer in a gay cabaret and takes off all his clothes in front of other men and they put money in his underwear. Sometimes, if the offer is really good, he will go home with some guy and stay with him all night for money.' The teacher, obviously shaken by this statement, hurriedly set the other children to work on some exercises and then took little Johnny aside to ask him, 'Is that really true about your father?' 'No', the boy said, 'Actually, he is Grant Holt’s Agent, but I was too embarrassed to say that in front of the class.'

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Old joke fine, DC - but still worth it! PL was on less than £22k per week, so players will not be on that. I thought Setanta had died a death, much like ITV SportsDigital, or what ever it was that collapsed.

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    Soglio Star

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • 'Holt’s representative, Lee Payne' . I bet that makes Grant feel big and tough.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • At last. Holty is going to talk with CH. Let's hope common sense prevails. OTBC

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    norfolkngood

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Nah, Jarroldr82 just look at wikipedia (Lee Payne) it quite clearly says he "represents a number of high profile footballers in England" so he is obviously 'not a low league agent'. There is more to Mr Holt than I fully appreciate!!!!

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    Lobbo

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Well, it`s only a bit o` squit to help us through the Silly Season.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Interesting, according to Wikipedia ' Lee has recently become a born again Christian and currently lives in Brazil.' Well, God bless him.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • People like Payne would still be holding bean cans with bits of string. What did people do before they were invented? Oh yes, Cave paintings! Payne wants more money for himself, as much as another year for Holt.

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    Soglio Star

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Where would we ever be without Twitter ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Mb According to the ad Voltarol gets rid of Payne. I think he plays for Bratislava

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    Pondlife

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Didn`t you know, Lobbo? Payne is a member of the Payne`s Poppets Dynasty. They`ve owned plantations growing chocolate covered Brazil nuts for generations. He`s based near a town called "Natal" on the coast of Brazil, just south of the equator. I think that`s where the "born-again" bit comes from. Fact. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Nice one! He was awesome v CZ. Wish I`d had a bet on Portugal now. Getting out of their group was tough, but it was the Dutch who imploded. The odds were steep, not so much so now.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Holty is a top professional and has earned everything that comes his way. He's not a lower league player now so why the low league agent. This Lee Payne seems like a mischief maker to me and is a disgrace to football and grant holt.

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    Jarroldr82

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • I once made my kids a joke Christmas present out of two cigar tins and a bit of string. "Top of the range Castellaphone". (apropos of nothing!). ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Wow MB, I didn't know that. Then why does he want to have the hassle of getting a 1 year extension on a 31yr old footballers contract in the far flung empire of Norfolk?

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    Lobbo

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Could we afford a born again Christian Ronaldo?

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    Pondlife

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Interesting, according to Wikipedia ' Lee has recently become a born again Christian and currently lives in Brazil.' Well, God bless him.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • I hope HMRC is aware of all these earnings.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • Does "Lee Payne" actually exist, or is he a front for one of Jimmy Carr's tax avoidance schemes ?

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    Timbo

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • i agree with tunsteadtiger. where is the gaffer?. what sort of company appoints new staff and then they go straight on holiday. hughton should be here sorting this out with holty, see if GH buys into his vision for the club

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    lordyfan

    Sunday, June 24, 2012

  • Now where would we be without greedy footballers and their agents!! Holt should sack Lee Payne, tell McNally how sorry he is and then get on with getting himself ready for the new season. Going to either Aston Villa or West Ham will do him no good whatsoever. Its time he realised which side his bread is buttered. He should be very thankful for the contract he has at the moment, stop whinging and get on with it!!! OTBC

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    Canarygirl

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • While Rome burns Houghton out of the country on jolly hols?

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    tunsteadtiger

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Apparently, he`s doing it as an act of born-again Christian charity, though my sources in Brazil tell me the harvest has been poor in recent years. It would seem the nuts are emerging with a faulty chocolate coating and are not of much commercial value. So Payne may be using footy agent "earnings" to support his ailing Nuts.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Little Johnny was at school this morning and the teacher asked all the children what their fathers did for a living. All the typical answers came out, fireman, policeman, salesman, chippy, captain of industry etc, Little johnny was being uncharacteristically quiet and so the teacher asked him about his father."My father is an exotic dancer in a club and takes off all his clothes in front of other men.” The teacher quickly set the other children some work and took Little johnny aside to ask him if that was really true."No" said Little Johnny, "He is Grant Holt’s Agent but I was just too embarrassed to say."

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Why doesn`t that p***k Payne go away?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • This is all silly season stuff.....the press are desperate for stories where currently non exist. According to my source Lee Payne is an agent, desperately trying to up the ante on the Grant Holt front...but this is what agents do, push stories at any journo that will print them. The probability is that things will start to move on several fronts after July 1st.

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    Algarve Canary

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Couldn't agree more Swiss. What is Hughton supposed to do, tour every bar and lapdancing club that sports journalists frequent and stop them spreading rumours? You'd need Alistair Campbell for that!

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • I'm going to get a new sticker for my front windscreen. GRANT loves LEE

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    Lobbo

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Does anyone know how I can get in contact with Lee Payne ? I have some issues with my directors and need someone who can be a real pain in the a*** to them on my behalf !

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Poor harvest due to greenhouse gases Brew? This is nuts!

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    blackdog2

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • If the £22k figure for AS is anywhere near accurate, then GH has to be worth £50k on that basis.

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    Bruce87

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • £22k per week, really, is that the going rate for a Norwich player now?

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    Lobbo

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • I can see that I will have to teach you to spill Brewer, everyone knows that there are two LLs in Pollack.

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Stories about stories about stories, it's come to that. I'm glad that Chris Hughton is on vacation, he needs to be well rested for the coming season. I was never keen on the tabloid calls for politicians to return from their holidays to sort out what ever muck the press had raked up in their absence. Been on holiday myself, three days in Dereham. Triffic.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • It's cilled “Empire Building”, Brucie!....I was tild that the more people on high incoome you can get UNDER you, the more you can be pied yourself.

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, June 22, 2012

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