Norwich City have issued a swift rejection of midfielder Wes Hoolahan's transfer request.
Despite the 31-year-old only having made five starts during this campaign, the club will not countenance the sale.
The official Norwich City website broke the news:
City can confirm Irish international midfielder Wes Hoolahan has today submitted a transfer request which has been rejected.
The Board of Norwich City has stated clearly no senior players will be sold against the Club's wishes and Hoolahan, 31, is contracted to the Club until June 2015.
The Club will make no further comment at this time.
Jake Humphrey of BT Sport shared his thoughts on Twitter:
Not surprised Wes Hoolahan's transfer request. If I was a clubs most creative player and I'd made 9 PL appearances I may do the same! #NCFC— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) January 21, 2014
Rather than shipping players out, the Irish Independent reports that Chris Hughton is focused on adding reinforcements at Carrow Road:
At the moment our concentration is on can we add to the squad? Can we improve the squad? Not on letting players go out.
We've had a few injuries, especially in midfield, and then Michael Turner will be out for a while as well.
We are trying as hard as we can [to sign players], the same as everybody else, but January is notoriously bad time to bring in players. But they also have to be right for the club.
Hughton's standpoint is admirable and it's completely understandable why the club expect Hoolahan to stay put.
The Republic of Ireland international is adept at opening up defences from his advanced midfield position, and his in-game intelligence would be manna from heaven for Lambert.
Villa have struggled this season to provide decent service into their front men, and Lambert is well aware of Hoolahan's suitability to his side.
Whilst in charge at Norwich, Lambert played a midfield diamond specifically to get the best out of the player, and he excelled in the role. Hughton appears to disagree and has only used Hoolahan sparingly.
Should Norwich sell Wes Hoolahan?
It's obvious from the player's transfer request that he sees his future elsewhere, but according to James Nursey of the Daily Mirror, Norwich Chief Executive David McNally will stand firm.
McNally and Lambert's falling-out precipitated the latter's move to Villa, and even if the club softened and sold an unhappy player before the end of the transfer window, it is highly unlikely that Hoolahan's final destination would be Villa Park.