Coyle Lands Brazilian Striker

  • August 31, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton have completed the signing of Benfica forward Rodrigo Moreno on a season-long loan.

The 19-year-old moved to the Portuguese giants earlier in the summer, signing a five-year contract with the club. Benfica, however, have opted to send the youngster on loan in order to gain first team experience.

Moreno rejected the chance to sign for Wanderers earlier in the summer but will now link up with the squad, subject to international clearance, where he will once again team up with his former Real Madrid team-mate, Marcos Alonso.

Speaking about the deal, Bolton assistant manager Sandy Stewart admitted the club are happy to get the Brazilian's signature.

"We watched Rodrigo play alongside Marcos (Alonso) in the Real Madrid B team last season and we were obviously interested in signing the two of them," Stewart told the club's official website.

"He went to Benfica as part of the Angel di Maria deal but we still chased his signature and now we are delighted to eventually get him to our football club.

"We are looking forward to working with him and we are confident that he will bolster what is already a strong squad of players.

"He is a quick, exciting young player who can play up front and in wide positions. Hopefully the fans will really take to him.

"Like Marcos, he will take a period of time to bed in because he will be playing in a different country, but we are very confident that he will have a successful time here."

Moreno will wear the number 19 shirt at the Reebok Stadium, which was vacated by Gavin McCann in the summer, and he is expected to make his debut in the Carling Cup tie at Burnley in late September.

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