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Man City sign midfielder then loan him to Bolton

Luke Brattan has joined Manchester City. Credit: PA

Manchester City having completed the signing of Luke Brattan on a free transfer and then immediately loaned him out to Championship side Bolton Wanderers.

The Hull-born player has spent the last five seasons playing for A-League side Brisbane Roar but left at the end of his contract.

Brattan will stay with Bolton until the start of January.


Liverpool confirm goalkeeper signing

Adam Bogdan is moving on up. Credit: PA

Liverpool have completed the signing of goalkeeper Adam Bogdan from Bolton, the club have announced.

The Hungary international will officially join the Anfield outfit on July 1 when his deal with Bolton expires.

Bogdan becomes the third player to agree terms with Liverpool after Danny Ings and James Milner.

Man United signing Valdes was final straw - keeper

Ben Amos is set to leave. Credit: PA

Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Amos admits the signing of Victor Valdes ended his career at Old Trafford.

The 24-year-old will spend a further month on loan at Bolton and expects to leave United permanently in the summer.

You could say Victor Valdes' arrival was the final nail in the coffin.

Pre-season, I was told I was number two. With the cup games, if I'd got a sniff of that, that would have made it worthwhile sticking around for.

As soon as Victor was brought in, I was essentially demoted to fourth really - you've got to move on.

– Ben Amos

Clough goal enough for Bolton against Brighton

Zach Clough is a man in-form. Credit: PA

Zach Clough ensured Bolton returned to winning ways in the Sky Bet Championship with his sixth goal of the season as they defeated Brighton 1-0.

The 19-year-old striker only made his senior debut against Wigan in the FA Cup at the start of January and in those two months Clough has become Wanderers leading scorer, overshadowing the exploits of big name signings Emile Heskey and Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Bolton's win and Brighton's first defeat in five games lifted the Lancastrians up to 17th in the table and above their Sussex visitors.


Starting line-ups: Bolton v Liverpool

Bolton striker Heskey out for Liverpool clash

Emile Heskey will miss the chance to face his former club. Credit: Pa

Neil Lennon will be without a plethora of first-team players for their replay with Liverpool, due to a collection of injuries.

Craig Davies is the only one of Bolton's injured players who has a chance of featuring, with Darren Pratley's hamstring tear seeing him join the likes of Adam Bogdan, Emile Heskey, Marc Tierney, Mark Davies and Max Clayton on the sidelines.

Provisional squad: Lonergan, McNaughton, Dervite, Mills, Ream, Feeney, Danns, Moxey, Wheater, Hall, Trotter, Spearing, Vela, Gudjohnsen, Davies, Fitzsimons, Clough.

Bolton youngster thought Man United move was a joke

Andy Kellett could not believe that Manchester United wanted to sign him on loan for the rest of the season, before joining the Premier League club, according to Neil Lennon.

The Bolton defender thought he was returning to League Two Plymouth on loan, but will instead spend the coming months at Old Trafford.

Andy Kellett is off to Old Trafford. Credit: PA

"He hadn't got a clue. He was on his way to Plymouth. He thought I was winding him up," Bolton boss Lennon explained.

"It took a good five or 10 minutes. He wouldn't believe us. We told him to ring his father and we'd tell him, and once that happened I think it started to sink in.

"It's a great story but now he's got to knuckle down and learn."

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