Hughton hopes for Holt stay

Canaries boss keen to hang on to star striker's services

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New Norwich boss Chris Hughton is hoping talismanic frontman Grant Holt can be persuaded to remain at Carrow Road.

Club captain Holt has played a starring role for the Canaries throughout their rise from League One obscurity to a place among the Premier League elite.

He led by example once again in 2011/12, with 15 top-flight goals helping Norwich to upset the odds.

Holt has, however, handed in a transfer request this summer and is being tipped to follow former boss Paul Lambert to Aston Villa.

Hughton admits addressing the striker's future will be a top priority once he settles into his new post, with it important that Norwich retain the services of their key men if they are to build towards a brighter future.

Speculation

"He's won Player of the Year for the last three seasons, so I'm conscious of what he means to this club and I would like him here."

Chris Hughton

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"I can understand the speculation and I have listened to it from further than here," he told Sky Sports News HD.

"He is a quality player, there is no doubt about that. Anybody that has got the record he's got over the last few seasons, and to score the goals that he has done last season, I don't think there would be any manager coming in that wouldn't want to keep a player of that quality.

"But I have only been through the door a few minutes and I haven't had an opportunity to speak with him. That will be one of the priorities, along with other members of the squad. I do need that opportunity to chat with him, but he's a player that's contracted to this football club.

"He's won Player of the Year for the last three seasons, so I'm conscious of what he means to this club and I would like him here."

While determined to hang on to Holt, Hughton admits he will have money to spend on strengthening the squad he has inherited from Lambert.

Budget

"We will have conversations about how we can move forward and there will be a budget to work on with bringing players in. "

Chris Hughton

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"We have had conversations, of course," he said when asked if transfer budgets had been discussed during the interview process.

"The bigger conversations will start once we get through today. I have been in for a very short period of time and other details have had to be sorted out first.

"But we will have conversations about how we can move forward and there will be a budget to work on with bringing players in.

"But that's probably not the most important thing at this moment, there is a squad of players here that have fared very well, not only last season but in the last few seasons. It's a question of getting to know them, getting to know the quality of the players, to assess where we can strengthen because this is a tough and demanding league.

"We need to see where we can strengthen and where we can make ourselves better as a team and as a squad. These are decisions that I will need to make over a period of time."