Norwich accept Wigan bid for Grant Holt

Norwich City have accepted an offer from Wigan Athletic for striker Grant Holt.  It is now down to the front man to agree personal terms with Owen Coyle’s Championship side.

The ex-Shrewsbury Town player made a considerable contribution under Paul Lambert on the Canaries return to the top flight in the 2011-12 season.  He netted 15 times for the Norfolk side.  After Chris Hughton took over from Lambert last summer however, the 32 year old only scored eight premier league goals in the season that followed.

The Cumbrian born player spent his youth career at Carlisle United before joining Workington as an 18 year old in 1999.  Holt impressed and was rewarded with a move to Halifax Town.  Loan moves to Sorrento and Barrow eventually saw him having a spell in Singapore with Sengkang Marine.

However on his return to England Holt had to settle for two years of Northern Premier League football with a return to Barrow, even taking a part time factory job to tide him over.

Sheffield Wednesday though were impressed enough though to sign him in 2003.  The stint wasn’t overly successful with just 4 goals in over 30 appearances and the following season he dropped down a level to play with League Two side Rochdale.

His time at Rochdale was a turning point in the players career and he scored 34 times in 75 appearances for the Greater Manchester side.  In January 2006 Nottingham Forest stepped in and signed Holt for £300,000.  The 2006-07 season saw him named as the clubs player of the season.  The 2007-08 season though was less successful and on only scoring on three occasions during the course of the season; he signed on loan for Blackpool.

With 4 appearances and no goals and little time to impress at Bloomfield Road, he returned to The City Ground but it was only a brief sojourn as he then signed for Shrewsbury Town in June for £170,000.

The following season would prove a success with the hard working striker scoring 20 goals in 43 appearances and eventually securing a move to Norwich City for an undisclosed fee; believed to be in the region of £400,000.

Holt might be a journey man footballer but he has proven through his dedication to his game and his tenacity in his approach that he could well prove to be a very worthy signature for Owen Coyle who returns to management for the first time since losing his job as Bolton Wanderers manager.

His ability to lead the line with purpose could well aide The Latics as they strive for a return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.


Brian S

Brian is a sports journalist with over 5 years experience of writing on all things soccer. Resides in Dublin, Ireland.

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