Melbourne Heart are reportedly interested in signing Norwich City captain Grant Holt.

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The Brisbane Times has reported that Heart have put in a formal request to negotiate with Holt.

The 32-year-old striker has played football in Australia before - Halfiax Town loaned Holt to Perth state league club Sorrento for one month in 2001.

There has been plenty of speculation among City fans over whether their hero will move on come the summer, especially as his wife and children are back living in Carlisle.

But Holt is adamant his personal and professional situations are not inextricably linked: “A lot of people talk about the family thing and it’s a decision that was made between me and my wife and family, and that was it.

“I’ve always said my family comes first and I don’t want to take my kids all over the country, and they are at the age where they are starting school.

“But that’s got no bearing on my football career. Only the manager and the people upstairs will know if they want me to be here next year. I’ve got my contract and we will see how it goes from there.”

Chris Hughton has insisted that Grant Holt remains a key player for Norwich City.

The City boss said: “Probably it is not my responsibility to say anything because I haven’t made any comment on that subject. What I have seen is press speculation.

“Grant is a player who signed a new contract in the summer and he has two years left. I might be wrong but I believe he started more games this season than last season so this is someone who has been right in there playing games. Anything you read or hear is speculation because for me it is not an issue.”

24 comments

  • Waclor , on a very miserable morning, u have brought a smile to my face ! Thanku.

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    Kristafa

    Thursday, May 30, 2013

  • I suppose we`ve already got RvW and Javier. I`m interested in whether Vaughan has a future with us - and we don`t have to buy him! Certainly need competion @ LB now Mad Marc is on his way. I think we`re OK for goalies.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 31, 2013

  • Kings Lynn, Wroxham? About the same level as Heart. Isn't this the club where our ex keeper (Theokalidis?) was voted best player last year?

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    rament

    Thursday, May 30, 2013

  • Unlikely to happen although he would be a marquee player and therefore not subject to salary cap. As per Harry Kewels transfer he'll get a % of gate receipts if attendances were above last seasons. Melbourne Heart have a bit of cash to spend and the A League (Aus FA) have been known to kick in cash. Frank Lowrie Billionaire owner of Westfield has been known to put his hand in his pocket to support the Aussie game as Chairman of Aus Soccer.

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    Oz Canary

    Thursday, May 30, 2013

  • According to The Guardian, we've turned down a bid for him from Melbourne.

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    chirpy

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

  • And as PL showed there are huge advantages in getting your players in early so the squad have time to work together pre-season.

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, May 30, 2013

  • It`s a little known fact , that the plane fare from the Uk to Melbourne is less then the train fare from Norwich to Carlisle . And it only takes an hour longer to get to Carlisle .

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    dragonfly

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

  • Should he stay or shouldn’t he? How many times is this going to come up over the course of the summer! Of course any deal would be dependent on city agreeing a transfer fee with Melbourne and that in itself could prove a stumbling block. I would say this move is highly unlikely, there makes no sense in him moving half way around the world while he still has 2 years to run on his contract here.

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    Gavin

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

  • He will be linked with Kings Lynn town next, Or Wroxham.

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    MBA Marine

    Thursday, May 30, 2013

  • I had to check that it wasn't April 1st.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

  • Here we go, let the summer media games begin!

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    MBA Marine

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

  • Apparently his family are already over there looking at houses and one of his children has got a bit part in Home and Away

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

  • Holt is not good enough for the Australian league..... On a more serious note, it would not surprise me that he goes on a free transfer IF he does go. I dont think the Australian league are known for thier transfer fees are they?

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    CanaryWest

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

  • On the subject of transfers , how about Aiden McGeady from Spartak Moscow . Decent player on tonight's showing , and Norwich has to be more appealing than eternally sub-zero Moscow . Nothing to say on GH , it's the same every year , unsubstantiated rumours that lead to GH leading the side out on the opening day :-)

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    mjc75

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

  • What on earth does this mean: “Probably it is not my responsibility to say anything because I haven’t made any comment on that subject." Taken to extremes, nobody would be able to say anything about any subject as they had not said anything about it before. Babies would not be allowed to learn to speak. What planet is he from?

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    waclor

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

  • Melbourne news in a Brisbane paper, who's pulling whose leg.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

  • ???...long commute to Carlisle. Why on earth would we want to sell him?

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    JMH

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

  • Richard has hit the nail on the head - does anyone have any information about any genuine transfer targets of NCFC. They were obviously seeking out players in March when they agreed to buy RVW but we have nothing since that bit of good news. They must have some ideas by now but are we to play the usuall waiting game until the last minute - probably to save a few weeks wages. Come on Hughton get on with it - we all know you are going to have to buy some players and surely the fans deserve some good news after enduring a long boring winter and the farce of the January window. The club is in a better financial position than ever before so there are no excuses left.

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    VictorM

    Thursday, May 30, 2013

  • BOR-ING! Same every year with the papers, nothing to say. We need a story about Trappotoni not selecting Hoolahan stat!!!

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

  • Totally agree Gavin. Surely this is a move for after his contract expires. Melbourne Heart sounds like an Aussie soap opera. And not a very good one.....

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

  • ???...long commute to Carlisle. Why on earth would we want to sell him?

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    JMH

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

  • To be fair, at least he didn't repeat himself too much, his predecessor would have said something about "a big big decision for the big big man".

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

  • Doubt Melb. Heart would pay the transfere fee or his wage bill and after his contract ends he will be offered !st Div.free transferes

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    goldie

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

  • Holt playing for Melbourne is as likely as Hoolahan starting a game for Republic of Ireland. So now we can put both these pointless articles to bed. Anyone know if NCFC showing genuine interest in any new players?

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, May 30, 2013

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