Norwich striker poised to leave Carrow Road

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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