West Ham are reportedly ready to up the ante in a final bid to land Norwich City striker Grant Holt.

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The Hammers have failed with multiple summer bids for the 31-year-old who continues to be touted with a move away from Carrow Road before the start of the season.

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady last week refused to be drawn on fresh speculation the Premier League new boys had targeted Holt to bolster their strikeforce ahead of the new campaign.

That, however, has failed to stop Goal.com yesterday claiming West Ham have now finally agreed to meet City’s reported £6m valuation, and pay Holt £40,000 per week to tempt the triple player-of-the-year to the East End.

Hammers’ co-owner David Gold has also revealed Sam Allardyce is eyeing two more recruits before the end of the transfer window after signing Jussi Jaaskelainen and Mohamed Diame.

“We’re connected with about 20 players,” he said. “What we hope to do is to maybe bring in two, three or maybe four players by the close of the window as we start off in the new season.”

Canaries’ boss Chris Hughton again stated recently he wants Holt to stay, but the Norwich boss was also linked with a move for Newcastle’s Leon Best earlier this week.

Holt’s regular League One title-winning strike partner, Chris Martin, was yesterday at the centre of a three-way Championship fight between Crystal Palace, Millwall and Burnley, according to The Sun.

Martin scored seven goals in 28 games during an extended loan spell at Selhurst Park last season after falling out of favour with previous Norwich manager Paul Lambert. Eagles’ boss Dougie Freedman has also pledged to reinvest the money banked from Sean Scannell’s weekend switch to Huddersfield. Burnley counterpart Eddie Howe is another in the market for fresh firepower after Jay Rodriguez’s multi-million pound Southampton switch.

Finally, one name that appeared to have dropped off Norwich’s transfer radar resurfaced yesterday with Leicester centre back Matt Mills’ proposed loan switch to Bolton on the verge of collapsing. Wanderers had seemingly agreed an initial £1m loan deal with a further £1m payable in 12 months to complete a permanent move, but the Daily Record believes potential suitors Celtic and Norwich could now be back in the running.

Mills is deemed surplus to requirements in the East Midlands after his bit-part role under Nigel Pearson’s command over the second half of last season.

28 comments

  • What you have to remember is we dont get a flat £6 mil we get £4 mil upfront then the other £2 mill is add on's so i dont think its the best deal we could get for him. Also i would happly sell Chris Martin now £400000 he is a wasted tallent he could be good if he wants to be but he never puts in the effort so its best to off load him now.

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    parked8

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • I agree with lordyfan.Things need to start moving, if not come the start of the season I can see us being left in the starting blocks!

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    Steve

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • I think Leon Best would be a suitable replacement. But this Holt thing is still a rumour, I won't believe anything unless it's official.

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    ImDrunky

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • I am very surprised Allardyce has only gone for the eggs,Holt,but not the bacon(Houlihan).They are both nice on their own but it is the partnership that floats the boat.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • Just give CH a chance! He is entitled to a holiday and probably wont take to bored City supporters who have nothing better to do than gossip!!!

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    dave123

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • Give CH a bit of slack here. June is probably the only month of the year when footballers and managers get to have a break. CH came on board following good work by the board in replacing PL earlier this month. I am sure CH had his hols booked months before this job ever came on the horizon. GH and all the City squad are on leave in June too, so nothing much was ever going to happen until early July. I'd say by next weekend the GH saga will be resolved. Oh ye of little faith - I still think GH will stay - so lets give him and CH time to work things out ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, June 29, 2012

  • I'd be sorry to see him go but £6m, if it was up front does look very tempting.

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    DocOhNo

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • Ethered - why ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, June 29, 2012

  • Every player has a price at which they could be bought sold, DC. Mr McN is fully aware of that, and would accept an inflated amount, to get in a good replacement. I am not convinced Leon Best is that replacement though. Perhaps one of the guys leaving the Scottish NewCo?

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    Soglio Star

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • Reckon a sum like £40,000 might talk. Shame to see the back of Holt, but we ain't got that kind of money and with £6m we could continue the young and hungry long-term squad building (which should include the ever-maturing Chris Martin, and not the definition-of-average Leon Best - why is no one talking about Darlington Nagbe? He'd love it here.)

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    Rogers of Norwich

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • what does the gaffer has to say about all of this?. is he still sunning himself when he should be at carra rood getting his jaw moving sorting this issue out?.

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    lordyfan

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • 6m is not a bad return for a player who is over 30 and cost us around £400,000 but I would still prefer to keep him.

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    CovCanary

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • If Holt leaves this summer - and I still don't think that he wants to leave - I wonder if CH will be casting an eye over Jordan Rhodes this summer ? He would seem a very likely replacement if GH does end up leaving.

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • @lordyfan. apparently Hughton is back from Florida, but now GH has taken his family to Centre Parc in Cumbria. We await developments either next week, or the week after when pre-season starts.

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    Mr Ed

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • How can we have a 'reported valuation' of £6m if he is not for sale ? Time for Mr. McNasty to show his teeth again.

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • Cep. You could argue GH is being loyal - he wants to stay one more year than the club is prepared to offer - so is the club being disloyal to him. Loyalty is a two way thing ask Roberts McKay,Huckerby, Whitbread etc. Teh board have been open oin saying we would not be sucked in to high cost contracts that can not be sustained; that may mean we lose out occasionally. Midfield looks strong, defence could do with a couple (is Tierney fit?) and obviously the strike force needs to be stong - but not at any cost.

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    Pondlife

    Friday, June 29, 2012

  • What would happen if West Ham did make the offer stated in this vicious little rumour and CH offered Holt the extra year he wanted? Which way would he go, I wonder?

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    CovCanary

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • What you have to remember is we dont get a flat £6 mil we get £4 mil upfront then the other £2 mill is add on's so i dont think its the best deal we could get for him. Also i would happly sell Chris Martin now £400000 he is a wasted tallent he could be good if he wants to be but he never puts in the effort so its best to off load him now.

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    parked8

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • Cepnch, that could be said about a lot of players. Loyalty in football is a very rare thing these days. We will probably never see the likes of Ryan Giggs again, for example. I would like GH to stay but if he goes then the club will move on as it has always done. Oh, and don't forget, this is only a rumour.

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    CovCanary

    Friday, June 29, 2012

  • Korey Smith signs a one year extension. Not worth a mention here? I agree with Soglio - watch the Rangers situation.

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    Pondlife

    Friday, June 29, 2012

  • Well, CH has had a nice holiday, he has advised his successor at Birmingham about the job there and apparently watcheda load of videos of Norwich.Surely a newly appointed manager of a premiership club should be sorting out his playing staff and getting involved in the transfer market to get in the obvious replacements this club needs.Well Mr,HUGHTON when are you going to start earning your keep.

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    VictorM

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • Yes, the extra salary would be very nice, but I wonder how often he'd actually play considering the other forwards at their disposal at Upton Park. Also, would he want his chldren growing up on the outskirts of London, or in a Norfolk village??

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    Mr Ed

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • Nothing will happen till CH has met with GH and I am sure that is going to happen very soon if it isn't already taking place now. I wouldn't sell GH or Chris Martin - wait till January transfer window when prices are even more inflated!!!

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • KS contract extension great news - he's going to want to fight for a place in the team and that's no bad thing. CH needs time to assess. We don't want knee-jerk management reactions. This next season is too important.

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, June 29, 2012

  • GH should remember where he started and show some loyalty. I would let him sit in the reserves. He shown what he think of NCC.

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    Cepnch

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • If Holt leaves this summer - and I still don't think that he wants to leave - I wonder if CH will be casting an eye over Jordan Rhodes this summer ? He would seem a very likely replacement if GH does end up leaving.

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • What's with all this lets castigate Chris Hughton simply because he has had the sense to enjoy a holiday with his family before taking up the reigns with City. My goodness we really are getting some rather unpleasant contributions from so called ncfc fans!!! Give the man a chance firstly to refresh, secondly to meet the squad when they are back together for pre-season and then thirdly assess the strengths an weaknesses before deciding the type of player that is needed! Seems perfectly logical to me. You're being very unkind VictorM and that is sad.

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    Canarygirl

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • Peter, don't go shouting that out too much. I like the idea that WH has gone unnoticed.

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    CovCanary

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

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