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Holt joins Aston Villa on loan from Wigan

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1/15/2014 12:27:37 PM
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BIRMINGHAM, England -- Aston Villa added to its options in attack with the arrival of forward Grant Holt on loan from Wigan until the end of the season.

Holt previously played for current Villa manager Paul Lambert while the two were at Norwich City, and after Lambert lost forward Libor Kozak to a broken leg in training, Lambert didn't hesitate to inquire about Holt.

"When I knew Grant had become available it was something I wanted to pursue quickly because he'll add strength and experience to what is still a young squad overall," Lambert said.

"Having worked with him for three years at Norwich, I know what he can do and that's important."

The 32-year-old Holt moved to Wigan from Norwich this past summer, but he has struggled to find top form with the Latics, netting only two goals in 16 appearances for the Championship side.

Holt tallied 15 goals for the Canaries in the team's first season back in the top flight in 2011-12, but that total dipped to eight goals last season, leading to a move to Wigan over the summer.

Grant Holt (Photo:  Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)
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