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Melbourne Heart still targeting Holt

June 1, 2013
By ESPN staff

Australian club Melbourne Heart remain interested in bringing Norwich City striker Grant Holt to the A-League.

Grant Holt celebrates after Norwich take the lead against Tottenham
PA PhotosMelbourne Heart are still chasing Grant Holt.

The Heart, who have been in the news of late through their pursuit of Holt and former Leeds and Liverpool forward Harry Kewell, have already had one official approach rejected by the Premier League club.

But after scoring eight goals in the league this season, the 32-year-old Holt is still a firm target for the Melbourne club.

"We made an approach and we always knew that it would be made public, and that with him being contracted for two more years it might be complicated," Heart chief executive Scott Munn told SBS.

"But we haven't closed the door on it as yet and will be pursuing it.

"He's a proven finisher and showed that by scoring against Manchester City on the last day of the Premier League season."

Meanwhile, the club’s chase for Kewell is still on track with Munn believing the "feeling is positive'' for the 34-year-old’s return to the A-League.

"I met with Harry, it was a good meeting and we are all on the same page," said Munn "He had flown in from the continent and was then off on holiday.

"We'll talk again when he gets back (to England) and the feeling is positive. He is also in touch with (Heart manager) John Aloisi.

"He has a personal trainer looking after his fitness program, he's just back from his stint (with Al Gharafa) in Qatar and he still has a great desire to succeed – and to succeed again in Australia next year.

"There's obviously been a lot of focus on Harry and the connection with our club and that's not surprising. He's a winner and would be a great addition to our squad."