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The 31-year-old has handed in a transfer request and remains determined to leave Carrow Road, despite the Canaries' reluctance to sell

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By Greg Stobart

West Ham will step up their pursuit of Norwich City striker Grant Holt with an improved bid of £4.2 million on Monday, Goal.com can reveal.

The Hammers have already had a £3m offer for Holt rejected as they look to bolster their strikeforce after securing promotion to the Premier League.

Norwich are believed to have set their asking price for Holt at £6m and remain deeply reluctant to sell the 31-year-old, who scored 15 Premier League goals last season.

The Canaries rejected a transfer request from Holt last month but the player remains desperate to leave the club after falling out with chief executive David McNally.

Holt, who is also attracting interest from Paul Lambert at Aston Villa, claims he was told by McNally that he did not deserve a new contract because he was too old.

West Ham are ready to double Holt’s current salary to £30,000-a-week and have been trying to open dialogue with Norwich over a move for the targetman.

Holt’s resolve to leave Carrow Road has strengthened following the appointment of Colin Calderwood as assistant to new manager Chris Hughton.
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While Hughton has made it his priority to convince Holt to stay at the club, the striker has a poor relationship with Calderwood, who he worked under when the Scot was manager of Nottingham Forest.

“Holt will never kick a ball for Norwich again,” a source told Goal.com.

West Ham remains the most likely destination for Holt, despite Lambert’s appointment as Villa manager earlier this month after he quit Norwich.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is eager to strengthen his attacking options and has made Holt his top target, with former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka also on the Londoners' radar.

Holt joined Norwich from Shrewsbury for £400,000 in July 2009 as has been voted as the club’s player of the year in all of his three seasons at Carrow Road. He played a key role in the Canaries achieving back-to-back promotions before finishing in mid-table in the Premier League last season.

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