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Norwich ready to sell Irish pair

Gary Doherty
Gary Doherty has lost the Norwich captaincy under Paul Lambert

Norwich City's Irish duo Wes Hoolahan and Gary Doherty could be sold before Tuesday's transfer deadline.

The winger and defender respectively were left out of the Canaries squad for Saturday's win at Hartlepool, prompting speculation about their futures.

"From Wes's point of view, he's been updated on certain things," manager Paul Lambert told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"Gary's agent's on to some certain things but you're only as good as someone wants to come in for you."

Republic of Ireland international Hoolahan, 27, has been linked with several clubs, including Crystal Palace and Leeds United, since Norwich were relegated from the Championship.

The former Shelbourne, Livingston and Blackpool man has scored twice for the club this season - against Yeovil and Sunderland in the Carling Cup.

Doherty started the season as club captain under previous manager Bryan Gunn but Lambert has not picked the centre-back for either of his first two league games in charge, handing the armband to Grant Holt.

The 28-year old joined Norwich from Tottenham in 2004 and has played 188 games for the club, scoring seven goals.


Doherty was rumoured to be interesting Watford over the weekend.

"I'm not going to push them out the door but they'll find it hard to play here. I'll go with the group of lads that's done well," said Lambert.

The City manager admits cashing in on the pair would give him more freedom to bring players in before the deadline.

"We're trying to do something at the minute, whether it happens we'll have to wait and see, it's not easy to manoeuvre people with the size of the squad but there's one or two lads I'd like to bring in," he said.

The former Colchester manager has already made his first signing for Norwich, bringing in Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster on an emergency loan.

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