Hoolahan wants a fresh start

Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan has confirmed that he wants to leave the club to be reunited with Paul Lambert at Aston Villa.

Hoolahan had been subject to speculation and has confirmed that he has handed in a transfer request at the club.

The 31-year-old played under Lambert for three years whilst the two were at Carrow Road - and the Ireland international has spoken out about his desire to play for the Scot again.

Hoolahan told the Express and Star: "I haven't spoken to anybody at Aston Villa, but of course a move to play for Paul Lambert again would appeal to me.

"I played some of the best football of my career under him and it was Paul who converted me from a winger to playing in the hole behind the striker.

"I tried to do things sensibly and quietly because I've not been involved whatsoever. But I was told the club do not want to sell me.

"I don't really know what will happen next, hopefully there will be more conversations to resolve the matter.

"There has not been any big row or anything like that. The club know my wishes and that is as far as it has gone."

He added: "At my age, I need to be playing regular first-team football and that is not happening at Norwich.

"There have been times this season when I've not even been included in the squad and the majority of the time I have been on the bench.

"Nothing has really been explained to me. Obviously, the club signed a lot of new players in the summer and the change of formation probably doesn't suit me. I want a new challenge and a fresh start."