Transfer news: Aston Villa confirm arrival of Grant Holt on loan for remainder of season
Wigan striker Grant Holt has revealed his 'delight' at joining Aston Villa on loan for the rest of the season.
Last Updated: 16/01/14 9:25pm
Holt worked under Villa boss Paul Lambert during their time at Norwich and the two will rekindle their working relationship as the Scotsman looks for a goal boost to fire his faltering team.
Villa have scored just four goals in their last seven Premier League matches and although Holt himself has only scored twice in 21 games for Wigan this campaign, Lambert is hoping he can provide the side with a boost.
Holt will bolster Lambert's options up front which include Christian Benteke, Gabby Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann.
He is a like-for-like replacement for Libor Kozak, who suffered a broken leg in training, ending the Czech forward's season.
Lambert told Villa's website: "Losing Libor was a blow to us, obviously. 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.
"Having worked with him for three years at Norwich, I know what he can do and that's important.
"Coming back into the Premier League will rekindle that desire in him to succeed again at this level and, if he can replicate what he did in those three years at Norwich over these next few months here at Villa, then he'll make an impact, that's for sure.
"Grant's got some really strong attributes, he's someone who is tried and trusted and a player I've worked with before. We're looking at one or two other positions as well but this is good business for us and he'll be a really strong influence."
Holt said he could not turn down the chance to play in the Premier League and link up with Lambert again: "If you just look at the likes of Christian, Gabby and Andi and then the players behind them, you can see what quality is here.
"The manager is trying to build a strong base with youthful, hungry players while adding experience in there too - the likes of Ron Vlaar, Brad Guzan and Karim El Ahmadi.
"I'm just delighted to be a part of it to try and get the best out of them and, hopefully, they will also get the best out of me. It's a massive opportunity for me personally, an opportunity I couldn't turn down.
"To be able to come back into the Premier League, especially at a club as big as Villa, is fantastic and it's an opportunity for me to work with the gaffer and his staff again as well.
"He's able to get the best out of people, there's no doubt about that. I know what he wants to achieve here in the long-term and I know what he expects. I know what he expects on the training ground and I'm looking forward to working with him over the coming months to try to help things along and to consolidate the club's position.
"We all know this is a club in transition but we're making progress this season. We've got a lot of young lads at the club who are doing fantastic and I'm really delighted to be a part of it and to be able to lend a hand."
Wigan manager Uwe Rosler gave his blessing to the move.
"There is a great opportunity for him to work under his previous manager, who got the best out of him. Both parties had worked well together," he told Sky Sports News Radio.
"It was too good a chance for Grant to turn down, we wish him all the best but he is our player and we will see where we are over the summer."
It is a sentiment echoed by Wigan owner Dave Whelan who told Sky Sports News: "We'll be sorry to lose him but we can't stand in his way. The Premier League is such a magnificent league to play in and Grant has played there quite a long time with Norwich."