Hoolahan in frame for City switch
Fresh speculation linking winger Wes Hoolahan with Norwich City suggests he may sign for the Canaries on Monday.Rumours are that Hoolahan has even had a medical with City and will sign for £250,000 after a release clause in his contract was triggered.
Fresh speculation linking winger Wes Hoolahan with Norwich City suggests he may sign for the Canaries today.
Rumours are circulating that Hoolahan has even had a medical with City and will sign for £250,000 after a release clause in his contract was triggered.
City manager Glenn Roeder is a known admirer of the Blackpool wide man, who made his international debut as an 89th minute substitute for the Republic of Ireland last Thursday in the 1-0 win over Colombia.
He will be brought in as a direct replacement for the departing Darren Huckerby, the fans' favourite who was not offered a new contract at the end of the season.
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Hoolahan, 26, impressed for the Tangerines last season as they retained their Championship status, scoring six goals and gaining admirers in the division.
Norwich are believed to be fending off Championship rivals Charlton to secure the Dublin-born ace's signature.
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And the Canaries could make it a double raid on the Lancashire club as they are still keen on the services of Latvian defender Kaspars Gorkss, who also has a release clause written into his contract.
City can also have Dundee's highly-rated midfielder Kevin McDonald - but only at the right price.
The Canaries have been heavily linked with the 19-year-old midfielder after a season of excellent performances saw him named the Dens Park outfit's player of the year and earned him a nomination as a Scottish PFA young player of the year.
And now the Dark Blues boss Alex Rae has admitted the talented Carnoustie-born player will probably leave if someone can stump up enough cash.
Dundee are still trying to bounce back from a recent spell in administration when they clocked up debts exceeding £23m, and Rae
concedes he may be forced to let McDonald go, albeit reluctantly.
“We're under no illusions about how well Kevin did for us last season,” Rae said.
“And given the financial implications for the club, were we to be offered a substantial sum of money for him we'd probably have to let Kevin go.”
“But at the moment that's all hypothetical as I'm not aware of any such offer being made to us.”
Rumours are circulating that Roeder is on the verge of making a bid of around £500,000 for the player who is also wanted by several other clubs including Scottish Premier League champions Celtic, who bid £75,000 for him in 2005, Uefa Cup finalists Rangers, promoted West Brom, Everton, Crystal Palace, Plymouth Argyle and Burnley.
So far, the Clarets have been the only club to stick their head above the parapet and make a concrete offer for McDonald who signed a new contract with the club at the start of the year, although it was flatly refused by the Scottish League Division One outfit.
The Turf Moor club bid £250,000 for McDonald.
But Dundee chairman Bob Brannan said, “We have refused an offer which does not meet our valuation.
“The deadline for transfers is three months away and we will not be rushed into doing bad business.”