West Ham are in pole position to land Norwich’s wantaway striker, with Villa considering their options and looking to make younger signings.
West Ham are favourites to sign Grant Holt, as it has emerged that new Norwich boss Chris Hughton is reluctant to keep an unhappy player at Carrow Road.
The Hammers have already had an opening enquiry for Canaries hitman Holt rebuffed after his 17-goal haul last term.
Hughton vowed to fight to keep the marksman when he was unveiled last week.
But the Mirror understands that £15,000-a-week Holt is determined to leave so he can earn more cash elsewhere.
The much-travelled 31-year-old wants to secure a bumper pay deal as he approaches the twilight of his career, and his mind is made up.
Hughton has yet to speak to Holt, the current Norwich captain, but knows he is the biggest personality in the dressing room and does not want him moping around moaning about his situation in case it affects the start of the new regime.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert had been expected to bid for Holt after leaving Carrow Road for the Midlands.
But Lambert is now considering his options – Villa ideally want players younger than Holt.