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Aston Villa boss Lambert determined to continue pursuit of Norwich midfielder Hoolahan

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By Stephen Donovan

Saturday 11 January 2014

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has told of his determination to keep up his attempts to sign Norwich City attacking midfielder Wes Hoolahan, reports the Birmingham Mail.

Wes Hoolahan

Lambert has made signing a creative midfielder his priority during the January transfer window, after his side’s struggle to score goals or create many meaningful chances in recent weeks, with Villa having only won three of their last 11 Premier League outings.

Villa are currently without a playmaker, as Ashley Westwood, Fabian Delph, Karim El Ahmadi and Yacouba Sylla are all sitting midfielders, while Leandro Bacuna has often been deployed at right-back, and Lambert now sees Hoolahan as the man to possibly fill the gap.

Hoolahan was heavily involved as Lambert enjoyed great success at Norwich before moving on to Villa Park. The Irishman was a crucial figure in securing back-to-back promotions and then helping to consolidate the Canaries’ place in the Premier League.

This season, Hoolahan has been less of a regular at Carrow Road under Chris Hughton. The 31-year-old has only made five Premier League starts and has indeed failed to complete 90 minutes in any of those games.

Lambert, whose relationship with his former club has been acrimonious since his departure in 2012, was careful not to offend Norwich when asked about Hoolahan, but he told of his admiration for the player. He said: “I had Wes for three years.

“I brought him to Scotland when I was up there, so I’ve known what he’s like for years. When I was the manager at Norwich he was fantastic. He was a big player, he was excellent, but he’s Norwich’s player so there’s no point talking about him.”

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