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Aston Villa sign Grant Holt on loan

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Wigan Athletic striker Grant Holt has completed his loan move to Aston Villa until the end of the season, according to BBC Sport.

Holt, 32, signed for the Latics in the summer for £2million but has failed to settle, scoring just twice in 19 appearances. 

The move also sees Holt reunited with former manager Paul Lambert, who he had previously worked with at Norwich.

During his time at Carrow Road, Holt netted 78 times in 168 games in League One, the Championship and in the Premier League. The centre forward has also enjoyed spells in the lower divisions at Nottingham Forest, Rochdale and Sheffield Wednesday.

Upon completing the signing for the Villains, manager Paul Lambert expressed his confidence in his latest squad addition: "When I knew Grant had become available it was something I wanted to pursue quickly because he'll add strength and experience. Having worked with him for three years at Norwich, I know what he can do."

He added: "Coming back into the Premier League will rekindle that desire in him to succeed again at this level."

Holt's signing will certainly inject a killer instinct into Villa's attack. With Christian Benteke off form and Libor Kozak injured, Holt's experience and ability may just keep the struggling outfit up this year.

After putting pen to paper on the season-long loan deal, Holt announced how delighted he was to return to the heights of the Premier League: "To be able to come back into the Premier League, especially at a club as big as Villa, is fantastic."

"It's a massive opportunity for me personally, an opportunity I couldn't turn down," he added.

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