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Norwich reject Holt transfer request

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Grant Holt has led the line for Nowich during a successful debut Premier League season © Getty Images
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Norwich City have rejected a transfer request by Grant Holt, following a season in which he scored 15 Premier League goals.

The powerful striker missed out on a place in Roy Hodgson's England squad for this summer's European Championship, despite finishing the season as the second most prolific English striker in the top flight.

Holt, who joined the Canaries from Shrewsbury in 2009, shocked his employers by handing in a transfer request on Friday, which was swiftly rejected by the Carrow Road outfit.

The 31-year-old's goalscoring abilities have been key to Norwich's resurgence - securing back-to-back promotions from League One and a comfortable first season in the Premier League which saw them finish well clear of the relegation places.

"It's a strange one. Nobody is going to look good coming out of this," former Norwich winger Darren Huckerby told BBC Radio Norfolk. "I hope it gets sorted out and I hope he stays. I hope his reputation at Norwich is not tarnished by this.

"He's had one good season in the Premier League. We've all had good seasons in the Premier League. He's been brilliant for Norwich but it's one season."

The news follows speculation involving manager Paul Lambert, who has been linked with managerial vacancies at Liverpool and Aston Villa.

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