Norwich City - Holt To Palace? Surely Not
UK time is: 14:37:15
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Holt To Palace? Surely Not

The Sunday People are today carrying a story suggesting that Crystal Palace want Grant Holt and have been quoted 2m for the City legend.

The infamous 'source close to the player' is quoted as saying:
"There is going to be a lot of competition to play as the No.9 next season so it probably means Grant will move on.
There`s been some interest from promoted clubs so that could be his next challenge.'

Palace are going to be short up top after Glenn Murray suffered a cruciate knee injury in the first play off game against Brighton - he will be out until the new year at the earliest after scoring 30 goals in the Championship last season.

So, would Holt choose a move to Palace? In my view this seems very unlikely.

The word 'legend' is bandied about all too often these days but in Grant Holt we have a bone fide legend at our club. He joined Norwich City when we were teetering on the edge of disaster having just been relegated to the third tier. It was widely reported that in the autumn of that season we were just weeks away from going bust. It was only a restructuring deal with our bankers that allowed us to continue in business, the same deal now also sees us debt free.

Holt was bought for a paltry 400k (which we struggled to afford at the time) raised by a club director matching money contributed by fans.

His impact was immediate, it was almost as if he said 'I'm going to the Premier League and you're coming with me' as he grabbed the club by the scruff of the neck and dragged us all with him.

His three consecutive player of the season awards showed our appreciation.

Holty is constantly being linked with a move away from Carrow Road after putting in a transfer request last summer. My thoughts are that this was all about posturing for an extra year on his contract.

Having played most of his career in the lower leagues, Holt does not have a pension nest egg as big as most other Premier League players. The transfer request was about money and he got an extra year. I for one don't begrudge it after what he has done for the club.

He will only have been earning 20k+ a week for the last couple of seasons and knows that retirement is looming. I know that sort of money is incredible to the likes of you and me but not in the Premier League - I hope I'm getting that across as I intend to.

It is also well documented that Holt's family have moved back to Carlisle after the family saw a house that they'd 'had their eye on' for several years come up for sale and they duly bought it.

Would Holt move then? Unlikely I'd say. He is unlikely to move to Palace which is even further away from Carlisle and there aren't many teams in the Championship that could afford him on those wages at that age.

The reported interest from Melbourne Heart in Australia would have to be all about money. The package would have to be sensational to tempt him to leave the country and the Premier League while he's at the top of his game.

He has just finished as the club's top scorer for the fourth successive season and despite not quite getting into double figures you can't underestimate his influence on the team and dressing room. He is a motivator and that's why he's club captain, Lambert knew it and Chris Hughton knows it.

The one move I could forsee is to Scotland as a make weight in a deal for Gary Hooper. Celtic is closer to Carlise, they could afford his wages and he would score loads of goals - cult status would again be assured.

After the release of Simeon Jackson, City only have three strikers, we will need four so surely we won't sell another. Toivonen has played most of his time at PSV as an attacking midfielder so even if he talks to us we would need another striker.

Anything is possible in football but come the end of August I think Grant Holt will still be a Norwich City player. The silly season is truly in full effect...

OTBC






Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: The Tuckster  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday June 23 2013

Time: 9:06AM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
name a single reason why anybody would want to visit or play in that crap hole.
DRAYTON GREEN
Report Abuse
23/06/2013 09:58:00

Because it not a farm in the middle of nowhere is one reason.
MelleanMcCool
Report Abuse
23/06/2013 15:16:00

You stay where you are Holty !
yellow belly
Report Abuse
23/06/2013 15:23:00

so everywhere in Norfolk is a farm ? most places in London are great. palarse is not.
DRAYTON GREEN
Report Abuse
23/06/2013 16:17:00

Ouch! MelleanMcCool, you certainly bit there. You must admit that your ground is way below par & that's being kind! Perhaps when you come to Carrow Rd this season you'll notice the difference eh?!
Tuckster
Report Abuse
23/06/2013 19:43:00

below par. what is one less than an eagle !!! it will instantly become the worse ground in premier league by a country mile ( obviously as in the country it leads to a farm ). I cannot wait to spend new years day with poor public transport and terrible local pubs until getting to wade knee deep in pi**. Lovely !
DRAYTON GREEN
Report Abuse
23/06/2013 20:33:00

have the palarse signed anybody yet ?
DRAYTON GREEN
Report Abuse
27/06/2013 20:33:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Norwich City Articles

Ruddy Wants England Return (Wednesday May 27 2015)

How Neil Won Players Over (Wednesday May 27 2015)

Dorrans To Join In 3m Deal (Wednesday May 27 2015)

Not Enough Time For A Parade (Wednesday May 27 2015)

Norwich 2 - 0 Middlesbrough (Tuesday May 26 2015)

Bitter Response From Ipswich (Tuesday May 26 2015)

Bassong Will Receive Two Medals (Tuesday May 26 2015)

Neil: I Couldn't Let My Kids Down (Tuesday May 26 2015)

Archived Norwich City Articles

List All Vital Norwich Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Steve from Oz 796
2. DRAYTON GREEN 329
3. yellow belly 319
4. FCBEARS 237
5. sminky 118
6. screaming canary 106
7. Rex 83
8. RATPACK 51
9. suffolkcanary 38
10. fanforlife 27

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Bournemouth 46 26 12 8 +53 90
2. Watford 46 27 8 11 +41 89
3. Norwich 46 25 11 10 +40 86
4. Middlesbrough 46 25 10 11 +31 85
5. Brentford 46 23 9 14 +19 78
6. Ipswich 46 22 12 12 +18 78
7. Wolves 46 22 12 12 +14 78

Breaking League News

Cherries pre-season schedule takes shape
Bournemouth : 27/05/2015 14:32:00
Cherries to hold talks with Chelsea winger?
Bournemouth : 27/05/2015 13:58:00
Crofts On Course For Pre-Season Return
Brighton : 27/05/2015 12:31:00
Bennett Going Up Or Staying Down?
Brighton : 27/05/2015 12:16:00
Ruddy Wants England Return
Norwich : 27/05/2015 12:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Wembley MOTM?
Suggested By:  Tuckster
Ruddy 5%
Whittaker 2%
Martin 0%
Bassong 10%
Olsson 2%
Tettey 7%
Howson 2%
Johnson 5%
Redmond 10%
Hoolahan 5%
Jerome 48%
Grabban 0%
Dorrans 2%
O'Neil 2%