Barely two weeks after Owen Coyle made his first signing as Wigan Athletic Manager, he today welcomes a seventh new arrival to the DW Stadium after a deal was completed to bring striker Grant Holt to the club from Norwich City for an undisclosed fee.
After completing a medical at the club on Monday, the 32-year-old put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal with Latics and it has been confirmed he will take up the number nine shirt at the DW Stradium.
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 made 154 league appearances and scored 68 goals during his time at Carrow Road, and helped the Canaries secure back-to-back promotions in his first two seasons at the club, claiming the League One title in 2010 and finishing second in the Championship the following year. He was named in the PFA Team of the Year for both campaigns and won two of his three consecutive Player of the Year awards for Norwich.
In his first season in the Premier League, making his debut in a 1-1 draw with Latics at the DW Stadium, Holt scored 15 league goals and finished the campaign as the division's second highest English goalscorer.
The Carlisle-born striker began his career at Workington, and began playing in the Football League in 2003 when signed by Sheffield Wednesday from Barrow, later playing for Rochdale, Nottingham Forest, Blackpool and Shrewsbury before joining Norwich in 2009.