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Hughton plans Hoolahan talks

Chris Hughton is confident that Wes Hoolahan will 'knuckle down' after failing to secure a move away from Norwich City in the January transfer window.

Hoolahan has not played for Norwich since New Year's Day and saw a transfer request rejected following interest from Aston Villa.

West Brom also made a late bid for the Republic of Ireland international, who was witnessed making derogatory comments about the club to a television reporter, by the station's cameraman, last Thursday.

Hughton has yet to speak to Hoolahan since the transfer window closed, but the Norwich boss is not expecting any issues with the 31-year-old.

"The transfer window ended Friday night and it is business as usual come Monday morning, and we will train and prepare for a real tough game next Saturday," said Hughton after Norwich lost 2-1 at Cardiff at the weekend.

"Everyone knows there was a bid for him. He put in a transfer request, which we turned down.

"Wes won't be the first player at a club that has wanted to leave and it has not happened. The reality is he is a Norwich City player and the players will knuckle down, train and do all they can and want to be involved, and I expect Wes to be no different.

"I have not spoken to him, we had communication before the last couple of days, but our concentration has been on the game.

"It's normal that I will speak with players and Wes is very much a Norwich player, the window is gone, he wanted to go but I am sure he will knuckle down and do the best job he can."

Norwich welcome title contenders Manchester City to Carrow Road on Saturday and sit 15th in the Premier League table, two points outside the relegation zone.