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Holt needs to feel valued at Norwich

ESPN staff
May 21, 2012
Grant Holt handed in a transfer request last week © Getty Images

The agent of Norwich striker Grant Holt has appeared on local radio to explain why his client handed in a transfer request late last week.

Holt, 31, netted 17 times for the Canaries this season, but asked to leave the club on Friday after 'a series of disagreements'.

Lee Payne, though, is hopeful the matter can be resolved when the two sides meet later on Monday.

"If they ever come out in the wash, I'm sure everybody will understand why he did what he did," Payne told BBC Radio Norfolk. "We have not had an argument or row with any player including Grant.

"It's been a difficult few days really. It's not a decision Grant's made overnight. It's something that's been ongoing for a little while now. He loves the club. He loves the fans. I think the fans love him. He's had a tremendous three years and he just feels it was a decision he had no other choice to make at this stage.

"It's a decision he felt he had to make and I'm standing with him 100% on it. There have been some things that have gone that we felt were not right. That's what we're going to resolve with David McNally [chief executive]. Why would he not want to stay? His family is here. He's had a fantastic time at the club.

"But things have to be done correctly and professionally and Grant feels over the last couple of months some comments have been made and things have been said that are very unfair. It's not about money. It's not all about money. Obviously money comes into the scenario - it always does.

"Players like to feel like they're being valued and being respected. There's a couple of issues Grant's not happy with and feels they need resolving."

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