An interesting rumour appeared overnight with reports from Australian newspaper The Age suggesting that A-League club Melbourne Heart are looking to sign Norwich City striker Grant Holt. It would represent a remarkable signing by the club, as well as an unexpected departure from the club for Holt if true.
This season has been more difficult for Holt after three high-scoring seasons with The Canaries. Having finished 2011/12 on the cusp of the England squad (and a move to Aston Villa) following a 15-goal haul, club captain Holt found supplies difficult to muster throughout the season as the team relied on more pragmatic tactics under Chris Hughton.
Now 32, Holt has spoken out in the latter half of the season about the direction the club is taking. The signing of Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel suggests his regular place in the line-up may be under threat come next season. Rumours have also cropped up now and again about a move to Celtic too, which would tie in better with the family relocation back to Cumbria.
The Age reports that Melbourne Heart have made a formal request to speak to Holt, but it would take something special to prise him away from England. If he were to be made available by City, there would surely be more immediate interest closer to home. That said, Holt has experienced Asian football before, including a brief loan spell in the Perth State League with Sorrento FC in 2002. He also spent a pleasing spell in Singapore with Sengkang Marine, as we recorded here.
In their three years of existence in the A-League, Melbourne Heart have never finished higher than sixth. However the owners are looking to bolster the squad with some big-name signings. One such move looks set to be former Liverpool and Leeds United man Harry Kewell.
My thanks to Neil Sherwin for his help with this article.