Norwich chief executive David McNally insists the club have not received any transfer requests following claims that Wes Hoolahan is seeking a move to Aston Villa. Press Association Despite newspaper reports claiming that Hoolahan has asked for a transfer, McNally insists no player has lodged a formal request to leave. He told the club’s official website, www.canaries.co.uk: “The club’s focus is on improving the squad during this transfer window. “As we have always said, no players will be sold against our will. “We have received no transfer requests this season and have no intention of releasing any of our senior players. “Our focus this January, as with every transfer window, is very much on improving the squad.” Forward Luciano Becchio is another player who is understood to be keen for a fresh start away from Carrow Road, with former club Leeds one potential destination while Sky Bet Championship rivals Blackburn and Derby are also said to be monitoring the situation. Hughton is, however, keen to further bolster his squad, with out-of-favour Everton defender John Heitinga one reported target after a potential move to West Ham fell through. Norwich head to Merseyside on Saturday looking to maintain safe distance between themselves and the bottom three. Key to the Canaries’ hopes of avoiding being dragged into a battle for survival over the second half of what has been a stop-start campaign could be the return of club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel from a toe injury. The Dutch forward completed his first full match in three months during the 1-1 FA Cup third-round draw against Fulham and could now link up with Gary Hooper to give the Norwich attack a fresh impetus after seeing a couple of goal-bound efforts saved. “It didn’t happen for him in front of goal (against Fulham) and maybe there were one or two occasions when he could have got across the keeper, but it was really important for him to get 90 minutes under his belt,” said Hughton. “We know he has missed some three months, which is a fair time to be out and it is disappointing for him after such a good start with a fine goal on the first day.” Norwich head to Goodison Park in 15th place on 20 points, a lower total than at the same stage last season. Centre-back Ryan Bennett, though, is confident Hughton’s squad – boosted by some £20million-plus summer investment – have what it takes to stay clear of trouble ahead of what will be a testing run-in against the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. “We had a few more points this time last year and I think our form from January until the end of last season wasn’t great – and we know that. But we have got games coming up now every month that we can win, and that’s something we’re going to have to do to stay in the league,” Bennett said, quoted in the Norwich Evening News. “I think everyone in the dressing room is in a positive mood and we can easily do it. You have got to be positive in every game. “Obviously Everton have been in good form this year, they have only lost two games so it will be a hard place to go to, but hopefully we can go there and put in a positive and good performance, like we did against Fulham on Saturday, and beat them.” Midfielder Leroy Fer will be available again following his one-match suspension, while Jonny Howson could make a welcome return having been sidelined since December 15 with a back problem. The Irish playmaker has seen his first-team opportunities limited under manager Chris Hughton, who took charge at Carrow Road following Paul Lambert’s departure in the summer of 2012. Hoolahan was a key member of Lambert’s squad which secured back-to-back promotions from League One to the Barclays Premier League, and there had been reports Lambert was keen to bring the 31-year-old to Villa Park in a bid to rejuvenate his team’s season.
Published on February 10, 2019 at 9:41 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Oh, how the decree of the past scribes hath been heard. For many long moons, our elders hath sent messengers enclosed with a prophecy. After a bevy of solar cycles, but alas — no glory, the Hacks would reclaim the throne through a plentiful fight. The last match brought no such contest, but it would be the bout of 2019 yond fulfilled a mark hath not been crossed since decades before the young Hacks walked this realm. For, not once, but twice in the singular solar cycle, the Hacks be’est the champions of the court.In the battle tweenst two nearest equally capable foes, the Hacks triumphed, 65-57, upon the crumbling of an ancient dynasty of Fanboys that hath not free from the bellows of futility since 2017, the year of the Schwedelson.“Back to back is the best feeling in the world. This just proves The Daily Orange is committed to excellence,” Senior Staff Writer Charlie DiSturco spoke. “All I wanted to do was have my legacy be taking home two straight chips. Easy money.”The campaign sprung upon a barter of counts yond the enlivened adversaries. Thou hath apperceived the weight yond thou instant upon a gaze upon the apprehensive marks cast on the faces of the disapproved. The Hacks hath needed a knight to protect this realm, and it was summoned in the unlikeliest of forms. Sophomore Staff Writer Danny Emerman, the youngest of thou lords thou hath started, ballasted the Hacks with a plentiful count of 26 scores — a mark not reached since 2014, the year of the Schneidman.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSusie Teuscher | Digital Design Editor“Danny Emerman was on fire all game and there was nothing the fanboys could do. He looked like a young Steph Curry out there,” DiSturco decreed. “There’s that look on his eyes where you know he’s taking complete control. You get out of his way, let him dominate and just watch as the fanboys simmer down and scour on the bench.”Upon Emerman’s triumphs, the Fanboys conjured no response. A concept thou crafted be’est to propel thou pace and trigger the orb upon the fateful cylinder. But Tyler Aki’s multitude of blunders, in which the orb not come neareth the cylinder, provest a revival be a dastardly task.Be not for the Hacks’ undertaking upon the semi-circle delineation that shall be granted for no fee, marked upon DiSturco’s 14-consecutive defects, the kingdom of scribes hath might larboarded thou court among a count much grander than 65.“I missed my first nine free throws,” Emerman spoke. “The only one that mattered was the one when they were chanting ‘No one reads your paper!’ I sunk that one.”As the dusk settled upon the kingdom, the time for a Fanboys resurrection had dwindled to less’est of measures. The Fanboys carved upon the defalcation. Seven counts below, 50 times passed south. For mere moments, time halted. Hither ye, hither ye, Fanboys. Proveth thou a plentiful opponent. But alas, the Fanboys crumbled and the Hacks hath claimed superiority.As thou enter thou Media Cup slumber, until the dawn of a new solar cycle, thou be’eth larboarded with a singular message: The Daily Orange be’est upon the throne.“The fanboys showed their true colors late in the contest, when they utilized the same free throw distraction methods of Otto’s Army,” Senior Staff Writer Billy Heyen spoke. “It was the last effort from an opposition that always shaped up to be too much talk, not enough action.”W.F. Whence is a germanificated staff sculptor for The Daily Orange, where he re-germanificated to sculpt this glistening prose.
Meanwhile last years Young Hurler of the Year Cathal Barrett is still an injury worry for the Tipp camp – the Holycross – Ballycahill player injured his shoulder last April at a training camp in Spain.Manager Eamon O’Shea is very unsure of his participation on Sunday, rating him at 50/50.Throw-in at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday is at 4 o’clock and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, Nenagh. The Premier County face Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday with John Bubbles O’Dwyer a possible doubt.The All Star winner is understood to have sustained an ankle injury during a training camp at Carton House over the weekend.The 23 year old Killenaule clubman is to undergo a scan on the injury.