Canaries knock back Holt transfer request

Norwich have rejected a shock transfer request from top-scorer Grant Holt but refused to confirm whether the striker has asked to leave the club.

Holt was the second highest English goalscorer in the Premier League behind Wayne Rooney last season scoring 15 times and bagging 17 in all-competitions.

The 31-year-old has played a key role for the Canaries during his three-years at the club since joining from Leyton Orient providing 70 goals in 130 appearances to secure back-to-back promotions from League One and the Championship

He’s finished in every season since his arrival and his form this term led to speculation that he would be part of Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2012 only to be overlooked by the new boss.

Now his future at Carrow Road seems to be in doubt after handing in a transfer request despite Norwich finishing 12th in their first top-flight campaign in seven years.

Rumours that Paul Lambert could leave East Anglia to fill the vacant managerial role at Aston Villa have allegedly unsettled Holt who has flourished under the Scot’s stewardship.

Former Canaries winger Darren Huckerby hopes the situation is resolved sooner rather than later and believes the striker may be starting to believe in his own hype after one good season in the top division.

He told BBC Radio Norfolk: “It’s a strange one. Nobody is going to look good coming out of this. I hope it gets sorted out and I hope he stays. I hope his reputation at Norwich is not tarnished by this.

“He’s had one good season in the Premier League. We’ve all had good seasons in the Premier League. He’s been brilliant for Norwich but it’s one season.”

Holt has two-years left on his current deal at Norwich and is thought to interest Villa, Sunderland and Everton who are all desperate to bolster their attacking options in the summer.