Seventh heaven as Holt joins Wigan

Owen Coyle and Grant Holt

Owen Coyle and Grant Holt

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GRANT Holt has become Wigan Athletic’s SEVENTH summer signing and will wear the number nine shirt.

The Norwich striker has agreed terms and passed a medical, and put pen to paper on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Manager Owen Coyle said: “This is a fantastic piece of business for us at a really good price. Grant is a proven goal-scorer at every level and he will definitely bring something new to the table that we were missing in the squad.

“There is already a great buzz about the place since the new boys have started coming through the door and this is another one that will really lift the place.

“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 may have just turned 32 but he has a proven track record.

He scored 78 goals in 167 games during his four years with the Canaries, 25 of them coming in his two seasons in the Premier League including goals in each of Norwich’s last three matches of last term.

Prior to that he also found the net with regularity for Shrewsbury, Nottingham Forest and Rochdale.