Aston Villa reportedly bid for Wes Hoolahan

Dubliner believed to be a January target for former Norwich City boss Paul Lambert

Wes Hoolahan of Norwich City (left) could be on his way to Aston Villa. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Wes Hoolahan of Norwich City (left) could be on his way to Aston Villa. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Sat, Jan 4, 2014, 14:42

Aston Villa have reportedly bid €1.8 million (£1.5m) for Norwich City’s Republic of Ireland international Wes Hoolahan.

Villa manager Paul Lambert is hoping to be reunited with attacking midfielder this January by capitalising on the Dubliner’s lack of game time at Carrow Road this season.

Hoolahan has started just five games under Chris Hughton this campaign and may be tempted by the opportunity to be reunited with former Canaries boss Lambert, under whom he averaged 32 starts a season over three years.

His absence from the squad to face Fulham in the FA Cup this afternoon (3pm) is likely to add to the uncertainty. The 31-year-old started the last two games in the league.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins, meanwhile, has confirmed the Premier League outfit have made another approach for Blackpool’s Tom Ince.

Ince was on the club’s radar during the summer, while he also turned down a big-money move to the Swans’ arch-rivals Cardiff as he was keen to remain in the North West region after becoming a father. But the Swans have now gone back in for Ince as they attempt to give boss Michael Laudrup more options.

However, Jenkins admits the ball is firmly in the court of the Seasiders, who have themselves offered the in-demand star a new deal.

Jenkins told the Daily Mail: “Tom Ince is a talented player and he is someone we are looking at. We made an approach in the summer and have done again for this window, but it is up to Blackpool. He is their player. If and when there is a possibility for him to leave, then we would be interested.”

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