Wigan Athletic striker Grant Holt seems destined to be playing away from the DW Stadium for the coming season, as the 33 year old was left out of Uwe Rösler’s squad for a pre-season tour of Germany.

A powerful centre-forward, Holt earned a move to Wigan in the summer of 2013 whilst they were under the management of Owen Coyle. After Coyle parted company with Wigan he was replaced by Rösler in December, who never gave Holt a chance whilst under his leadership. He was then taken on loan by Aston Villa in January for six months where he played 10 games, scoring just the once. His Wigan career so far is not much better, with Holt appearing in 16 games and netting two goals.

With Wigan having Marc-Antoine Fortuné, Martyn Waghorn, who was signed permanently in January, and new signing Oriol Riera from Osasuna, the Latics have plenty of options in attack, and Holt is clearly seen as surplus to requirements.

There would certainly be no shortage of teams who would be after Holt, with West Ham appearing as the early front runners to gain his signature. With Holt thought to be valued at just under £1 million by Wigan, he would a make a good, cheap signing for whoever decides to take up the asking price.


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