Saturday 27 December 2014

Villa closing in on Holt deal

Published 14/01/2014 | 13:12

Grant Holt is set for a move back to the Premier League
Grant Holt is set for a move back to the Premier League

Wigan striker Grant Holt is undergoing a medical at Aston Villa ahead of a possible loan move, the Sky Bet Championship club have confirmed.

The 32-year-old is in the midlands to discuss potentially reuniting with his former Norwich boss Paul Lambert at Villa Park.

Holt joined Latics from the Canaries in the summer and scored in the club's first Championship game of the season, when they routed Barnsley 4-0.

However, he has not found the net since August and current manager Uwe Rosler recently stated he was keen to move some of his higher earners off the wage bill.

Speaking on a potential move for Holt on Monday night after the 2-1 loss to Arsenal, Lambert was coy on a possible recruitment of Holt but also praised the forward.

He said: "Holty was fantastic for me at Norwich. He is a proper guy.

"I have just heard the rumours are everywhere but until something is concrete then I won't say."

Rosler stressed the move was an excellent chance for Holt to re-establish himself in the top flight, a division in which he scored eight times last season.

Speaking to Sky Sports News Radio, Rosler said: "This was a great opportunity for him to work under his previous manager when he got the best of out him. Both parties have worked very well and successfully together.

"It was too good an opportunity for Grant to turn down and we wish him all the best. He's our player and we will see how we'll do and we will see where we are in the summer."

Holt's departure would leave Latics looking light up top but Rosler is hopeful Nicky Maynard can be brought in from Cardiff to fill the void.

Maynard's deal is also likely to be a loan, and Rosler added: "We are planning a medical on him. We worked hard on this one but it's not over the line.

"He's at the stage of his career where he wants to play regular football again after his injury. He wants to prove a point to himself and also to the people.

"That's a perfect scenario for us; it matches our ambitions. We want to prove a point, we want to go up, we want to go into the play-offs and I think we can give him the platform to perform again.

"I will be patient with him because he has not played in a while. But, he's fit, he's ready to go."

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