Grant Holt could leave Norwich before Thursday’s transfer deadline if Chris Hughton is successful in his hunt for a new striker, the Guardian are reporting.

The Canaries boss is currently hunting for a new forward and has earmarked Sporting Lisbon’s Ricky Van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper of Celtic as his primary targets.

Hughton has already seen the Scottish club turn two bids of £5million and £6m down for Hooper and reports indicate it will take £8m to prise him away from Parkhead.

And the 54-year-old former Newcastle and Birmingham chief confirmed he was interested in Van Wolfswinkel in his programme notes ahead of the Saturday’s humiliating defeat to Luton in the FA Cup.

“Yes, I have seen those reports on him and there is an interest from ourselves, but how far that interest has gone from us I don’t know,” he wrote.” But certainly there is an interest.”

It has now emerged that the arrival of either player could see Holt granted permission to leave Carrow Road after he handed in a shock transfer request last spring.

The 31-year-old eventually put pen-to-paper on a new three year deal but has found his playing opportunties limited this season as he doesn’t fit Hughton’s favoured 4-5-1 formation.

Sunderland and Celtic are thought to be monitoring his situation while Aston Villa are another potential suitor given they are currently managed by Holt’s former boss Paul Lambert.

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  • P Hammond
    1 year ago

    This is utter nonsense. Holt has played every game when he has been fit. Hughton is trying to find a striker to support Holt, not to replace him.

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  • Toad
    1 year ago

    Agreed, lazy journalism just like in the summer…it’s pointless getting rid of the talisman you’re trying to support. He will smash goals in again with the right service and support.

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