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Holt reiterates his desire to leave Norwich

ESPN staff
June 1, 2012
Grant Hold is at loggerheads with the Norwich board © PA Photos

Norwich City striker Grant Holt has used Twitter to announce that he wants to leave the club.

Holt, 31, had submitted a surprise transfer request soon after the end of a season in which he finished as the East Anglians' top scorer with 15 Premier League goals.

The request was rejected and the forward, along with his agent Lee Payne, held talks with the Canaries chief executive David McNally in an attempt to resolve his differences with the club.

But on Friday club captain Holt tweeted: "I have expressed to the board and the CEO that I want to leave the football club due to disagreements. I have loved my three years at the club and it saddens me to write this."

Speaking after turning down Holt's transfer request in May, McNally said Norwich had no intention of selling Holt, who joined the club from Shrewsbury in a £400,000 deal three years ago.

He denied that the request had come as a result of stalled contract negotiations.

As the situation rumbled on, Payne said money was not the only reason for Holt asking to leave and hinted that the striker would like to resolve the situation and remain at Carrow Road.

"Why would he not want to stay? His family is here. He's had a tremendous time at the club and he is adored by lots of the fans," he said.

"But things have to be done correctly and professionally and Grant just feels over the last couple of months some comments have been made and things have been said which have been very unfair.

"If they ever come out in the wash, I'm sure everybody will understand why he did what he did. It's not all about money. Obviously money comes into the scenario it always does in football, and I think players like to feel like they are being valued and being respected.

"There are a couple of issues Grant is not happy with and I think he feels that needs resolving."

Holt, who was signed for Norwich by former manager Bryan Gunn, has won player of the year in each of his seasons at Carrow Road.

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