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Hoolahan and Doherty could slip out of exit door

PUBLISHED: 08:00 31 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:47 06 July 2010

Speculation is mounting that Wes Hoolahan and Gary Doherty have played their last games for Norwich City. With the transfer window closing at 5pm tomorrow, the whereabouts of the Irish internationals - who were not in the squad for the 2-0 win at Hartlepool on Saturday - has City fans guessing.

Speculation is mounting that Wes Hoolahan and Gary Doherty have played their last games for Norwich City.

With the transfer window closing at 5pm tomorrow, the whereabouts of the Irish internationals - who were not in the squad for the 2-0 win at Hartlepool on Saturday - has City fans guessing.

Hoolahan has been given just 17 minutes of League One football by manager Paul Lambert, who has also dropped Doherty and handed the skipper's armband to Grant Holt.

Swansea are said to be interested in Hoolahan, while Doherty has been linked with a loan move to Malky Mackay's Watford, after claims Lambert said he was free to leave.

It begs the question: have City seen the last of the pair?

Lambert was non-committal after the victory in the north-east.

"There are one or two little things that hopefully maybe are going to happen, but I had to pick the team that I thought would win - it's great when you win because they can't say anything to you," he said.

"Listen, you are only as good as what somebody wants to pay for you, if somebody wants to have you. It's okay agents saying, 'this is a great player, that's a great player', but unless somebody comes in you can't physically take somebody and plant them somewhere."

If Hoolahan does go, it will be for a fee that might just fund the other "little things" Lambert is trying to push through.

Lambert said Saturday's selection was a case of "horse for courses".

"It's okay having good players at a club, but you have to have a balance in your team, that's what wins you games," he said. "It's a team game. If you have got the balance then you are more difficult to beat."


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