O’Neill wants speedster to join him at the Stadium of Light.
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Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill will move for Aston Villa’s pacey forward Gabriel Agbonlahor – as soon as Grant Holt completes his move from Norwich to Villa Park, reports The Daily Mail.
New Villa boss Paul Lambert looks set to beat off competition from West Ham to bring unhappy Holt – his captain at Norwich – to the Midlands.
West Ham confirmed they have had a £3 million bid for the 31-year-old rejected by the Canaries but Holt, who has handed in a transfer request at Carrow Road, favours a move to link-up with Lambert once more.
The powerful forward scored 17 goals last season, finishing the second highest English scorer in the Premier League, and Lambert believes he could form a potent partnership with Darren Bent.
The move is likely to trigger a similar reunion between O’Neill and Agbonlahor, who worked together at Villa Park.
The 25-year-old front man enjoyed his best form under the charismatic Ulsterman, hitting double figures in three consecutive seasons with O’Neill. In contrast, the former England international has managed just eight goals in two seasons since the former Celtic boss’ departure.
Villa owner Randy Lerner has warned Lambert that he must sell before he can buy and the Scotsman is prepared to offset Holt’s transfer fee by agreeing to Agbonlahor’s departure.