In Brief: West Ham bid for Grant Holt; Dirk Kuyt exit 'not Brendan Rodgers' fault'; Rafael Van der Vaart wants to stay

 

West Ham bid £4m for Norwich's Holt

When Grant Holt was part of the Shrewsbury Town team beaten by Gillingham in the League Two play-off final in 2009 he can hardly imagine that three years later there would be a Premier League tug-of-war for his services.

Holt was 28 then and an up-and-down career looked destined to remain conducted in the game's shadows. Instead he finds himself the subject of a reported £4m bid from West Ham United, probable interest from Aston Villa, and with his current club Norwich City still reluctant to let him go.

There may yet be other suitors for a player who has scored 80 league goals in the last four seasons, spending one campaign in each tier of the English game. Fifteen came last season, his first in the top flight.

Despite this, Norwich, according to Holt's agent Lee Payne, told him he was "too old" for an extended contract. Payne claimed City's chief executive, David McNally, said: "You're too old so forget a third year". Payne added: "We felt we had to speak up because I've seen a lot of comments from fans giving Grant absolute pelters and it's just not fair.

"Grant loves the club and the fans have got to ask themselves: why has Paul Lambert left? Why does Grant Holt want to leave? He [Holt] has got two years left on his contract and all he really wanted – before he even spoke about money – was a third year. He wanted to finish his career at Norwich."

McNally last week said: "We have not had an argument or row with any player, including Grant."

The West Ham manager, Sam Allardyce, has never shied away from fielding older players and will believe Holt can play a similar role for the Hammers as Kevin Davies did for him at Bolton. West Ham are also expected to move for 37-year-old Jussi Jaaskelainen, who has left Bolton after 15 years, as a replacement for Rob Green who has rejected the offer of a new contract.

Allardyce may face competition for Holt from Villa who on Saturday confirmed Lambert, who resigned last week from Norwich, as their new manager, despite an ongoing dispute over whether compensation is due.

Kuyt exit 'not Rodgers' fault'

Dirk Kuyt has insisted the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager had nothing to do with his decision to join Fenerbahce. The Dutch striker has signed a three-year contract with the Turkish club. "After six years I am ready for a new challenge," Kuyt said. "[The club and supporters] I will always carry in my heart. The new coach has nothing to do with it."

Van der Vaart wants to stay at Spurs

Rafael van der Vaart admits a move to the German club Schalke is a possibility, but insists he wants to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.

The 29-year-old has been linked with a return to Germany, where his wife still works. Asked about the prospect of joining Schalke, the Dutchman said: "I don't know. Actually, I want to stay at Tottenham. But, in football, you never know."

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links