Hughton bids for Holt solution
Norwich boss Chris Hughton is turning his attention to resolving Grant Holt's future after handing John Ruddy a new four-year deal.
Hughton is thrilled that Ruddy is planning to remain with the club after an exceptional season last term for the Canaries on their return to the Premier League. The form of 25-year-old saw him earn a calling into the England setup, before a dislocated finger in training forced him to pull out of the travelling party for Euro 2012. However, he wasn't the only City star tipped for place in the national team, with many experts also clambering for Holt to be recognised for his efforts at the other end of the field. Hughton knows the 31-year-old is a crucial member of the Canaries squad, having scored 15 goals last season, and he made it clear on taking over from Paul Lambert that keeping hold of him was his 'main priority.' The former Birmingham and Newcastle boss has wasted little time in making his mark at Carrow Road after returning from a holiday in Florida. In addition to Ruddy, versatile Scotland defender Russell Martin and midfielder Andrew Surman have all agreed new contracts and now he is set to follow up phone conversations with Holt by persuading the former Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest hitman to stay. Holt put in a transfer request at the end of the season which was rejected by the club, but it's understood he wants the security of an extra year to his current deal.