Norwich City have rejected a transfer request handed in by midfielder Wes Hoolahan, Sky Sports understands.
The 31 year old, who has been used sparingly by Canaries boss Chris Hughton so far this season, has been linked with a move to Aston Villa, which would see him link up with former boss Paul Lambert.
In an official statement released by the Norwich board, they have confirmed ‘no senior players will be sold against the clubs wishes’.
Hoolahan himself has released a statement, reiterating his desire to leave Carrow Road, whilst outlining his respect for the Norfolk club, for whom he has played for the past five and a half seasons, during which time he has won back-to-back promotions.
In his 184 league appearances for Norwich, the 31 year old has scored thirty times, while he has also been capped seven times by the Republic of Ireland, scoring his first international goal in a 2-0 friendly victory over Poland last February.