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Norwich chief McNally: We can't afford to sell Holt

Norwich City chief David McNally is adamant Grant Holt is not for sale.

The striker wants to leave as Aston Villa and West Ham United circle.

McNally told the Pink 'Un: "Grant Holt, we would prefer absolutely to stay at the football club. He has been magnificent for us. The first player to win the Player of the Season trophy three years in succession, and rightly so - he was mentioned by many as a potential member of the England Euros quad this year - 70 goals in three years, 17 goals last year including 15 in the Premier League. He is not for sale - Grant Holt is not for sale."

Not at any price?

"How much will it cost me and the club to find a replacement, a centre forward with 70 goals in the next three seasons?" asked McNally. "How much would that cost?

"Players do join football clubs and players do leave football clubs, but Grant is not for sale. He has two years left on his contract and we look forward to him completing the length of his contract. There is not really a split. He has asked for a transfer, it has been denied and that is where we are, really. I am sure when we have a new manager in the new manager will pick up the day top day management of the players once again."

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