Striker Grant Holt in talks with Hibs after Rochdale exit

Grant Holt (right) in action for Rochdale
Grant Holt (right) spent the end of last season with Rochdale

Former Norwich City and Wigan Athletic striker Grant Holt is training with Hibernian and could become Neil Lennon's first signing as manager.

The 35-year-old has been released by English League One club Rochdale.

Lennon told BBC Scotland: "He is in for talks. He is a player I like and I have known him for a while.

"He is the type of player I would like to bring to the club. He has great experience and a physical presence that we probably lacked a bit last year."

Lennon, who left Bolton Wanderers after their relegation from the Championship in England, took over this summer after the departure of Alan Stubbs to Rotherham United.

The Northern Irishman has returned from France, where he was a television pundit during the Euro 2016 finals.

And he is keen to add Holt as a replacement for Anthony Stokes, who has joined Blackburn Rovers at the end of his loan from Celtic, although Motherwell striker Scott McDonald is also interesting Lennon.

"He knows his way around a football pitch and he has great enthusiasm still for the game," said Lennon.

Grant Holt celebrates with Norwich
Holt's most prolific scoring spell was with Norwich, scoring 78 goals in 168 games

"People will look at his age, but he hasn't played much football over the last few years, whether that be through injury or manager's choice.

"So I think, at 35, he has got plenty in him yet. He feels that as well, so with a bit of luck, maybe we can get a deal done, but I don't know yet."

Holt began his career with Workington and also played for Halifax Town, Sorrento, Barrow, Sengkang Marine, Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest, Blackpool and Shrewsbury Town before joining Norwich.

He spent four years at Carrow Road, helping the Norfolk outfit to the Premier League, before moving to Wigan in 2013.

Holt had loan spells with Aston Villa, Huddersfield Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers before joining Rochdale in February.

He made 14 appearances, but only three starts, scoring twice for the Spotland outfit.

Former Australia striker McDonald started his second spell with Motherwell last summer and has an option to stay another year at Fir Park.

However, Lennon confirmed that the 32-year-old is also of interest to Hibs.

"Ideally, we would like to add a couple of names and, even when the European game comes around, it will not be finalised," he said.

"I'm sure there will also be a couple of players moving out the door, either on loan or permanently."

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