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Grant Holt signs for Wigan Athletic

Holt has joined Championship side Wigan Athletic (©GettyImages)
Holt has joined Championship side Wigan Athletic (©GettyImages).

Wigan Athletic have completed the signing of Norwich City captain Grant Holt.

The experienced 32-year-old striker has agreed a three-year-deal at the DW Stadium for an undisclosed fee.

The objective of an immediate return to the Premier League is firmly in Owen Coyle's mind as Holt becomes his seventh summer acquisition since taking over as Wigan manager last month.

Holt is a direct replacement for the Ivory Coast international, Arouna Koné, who followed Roberto Martinez to Everton earlier in the day.

The addition of Holt has increased Wigan's attacking options following the arrival of Marc-Antoine Fortuné from West Bromwich Albion on Friday.

Signing from Shrewsbury in 2009, Holt played a major role in helping Norwich achieve back-to-back promotions as the Canaries made their return to the Premier League in 2011, and his goals was a huge factor for Coyle to persuade the Cumbrian to join the Latics.

"Grant is a proven goalscorer at every level and he will definitely bring something new to the table that we were missing in the squad.", Coyle told the club's official website

"He's been a hero to the fans at every club he's been and I know the Norwich fans are sad to see him go, he's been one of the icons of their success in recent years. But now it's the Wigan fans' turn to enjoy him and we're all delighted he's coming on board."

Holt proved to be a favourite with the Norwich faithful by scoring 78 goals in 168 appearances during his four-year spell at Carrow Road.

His record two seasons ago put him in contention of an international call-up but England boss Roy Hodgson opted out of the decision.

Holt had to work his way up from non-league where he began at Workington, before signing for the likes of Rochdale, Nottingham Forest, Blackpool and Shrewsbury.

 

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