BWFC Transfer Review - Summer 2010

  • August 31, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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The transfer window slammed shut at 6pm on Tuesday evening, meaning the end of business which started at the end of last season.

Like many other clubs around the country, Bolton were active on deadline day, bringing in Rodrigo Moreno on a season-long loan from Benfica, who had signed him earlier in the summer from Real Madrid.

Following his appointment as manager in January, Owen Coyle had limited time and resources to work with, yet managed to bring the likes of Stuart Holden, Jack Wilshere and Vladimir Weiss to the club. The latter two have since returned to their parent clubs, with Weiss now on loan at Glasgow Rangers.

At the end of the campaign, Coyle decided to release Ricardo Vaz Te, Zoltan Harsanyi, Stuart McDonald and Chris Stokes, while Gavin McCann was retained on a non-contract basis. Temitope Obadeyi, Rob Lainton and Sam Sheridan were all given new deals which will see them through until next summer.

Then the real work began. Coyle's job now was to replace the departed players with better quality, but on a shoestring budget consisting mainly of free transfers and loans.

Martin Petrov and Robbie Blake were persuaded to swap Manchester City and Burnley respectively, both on free transfers, with the Wanderers boss believing the signing of Petrov would be one of the bargains of the summer.

"As far as I'm concerned he (Petrov) is probably one of the best Bosman transfers available," Coyle said on July 1st. "To try to purchase him on the market last year then it would have cost you four or five million pounds easily."

After finding appearances hard to come by since joining from Lyn Oslo in January 2006, Ali Al Habsi was given permission to join Wigan Athletic on loan for the season.

Shortly after Al Habsi's departure, Wanderers completed the signing of Real Madrid's highly-rated young prospect, Marcos Alonso, for an undisclosed fee. His arrival was soon followed by Nicky Hunt's move to Bristol City, ending a decade of service for the former England under 21 international.

Ivan Klasnic, who had spent last season on loan from French club Nantes, made his move permanent in early August. Another free transfer for the club, Klasnic signed a two-year contract, a move seen as a huge positive amongst supporters who had called for the signing of the striker the season before.

After losing 3-0 at Oldham Athletic in late July, Bolton stepped up their pursuit of 18-year-old Tom Eaves. Eaves had scored a hat-trick against Coyle's side at Boundary Park and he signed a three-year contract at the Reebok Stadium in the week prior to the start of the new season.

Chris Basham was next to leave the club. After receiving a staggered offer totalling around £1million from Blackpool, the utility player was granted permission to speak to the Seasiders and completed a move to Bloomfield Road on the eve of the new campaign. 24 hours later, Ian Holloway's side began life in the Premier League with a 4-0 victory at Wigan Athletic, with Basham being introduced as a late substitute.

Despite having a fortnight left, that looked to be it for the summer incomings at Bolton. That was until the afternoon of deadline day, when Coyle completed the signing of Moreno on loan from Benfica. Moreno, more commonly known by his first name - Rodrigo - will provide competition for Kevin Davies, Johan Elmander and summer signings Klasnic and Blake.

A deadline day loan move away for Danny Ward was expected but never came to fruition, meaning he will stay at the club for the foreseeable future, along with the likes of Danny Shittu, Andy O'Brien and Joey O'Brien.

Ward is still expected to move, with Coventry City touted as favourites for the player, but will likely have to wait until the Football League's loan window opens a week today.

Below is a list of all the incomings and outgoings at Bolton this summer:

Martin Petrov - Free transfer from Manchester City
Robbie Blake - Free transfer from Burnley
Marcos Alonso - Undisclosed fee from Real Madrid
Ivan Klasnic - Free transfer from Nantes
Tom Eaves - Undisclosed fee from Oldham Athletic
Rodrigo Moreno - Season-long loan from Benfica

Ricardo Vaz Te - Free transfer to Panionios
Zoltan Harsanyi - Free transfer to Dunajska Streda
Stuart McDonald - Released
Chris Stokes - Released
Ali Al Habsi - Season-long loan to Wigan Athletic
Nicky Hunt - Free transfer to Bristol City
Chris Basham - Undisclosed fee to Blackpool

So, what do you think about Coyle's summer dealings at Bolton? Do you think he can be a success at the club and where do you think we will finish this season? Have your say by signing up to the website and leaving your opinions on our interactive fans forum.

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