Coyle To Replace Elmander

  • May 21, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Owen Coyle believes the club will cope with the departure of Johan Elmander, who looks set to join Galatasaray on a free transfer.

Elmander is out of contract at the Reebok Stadium this summer and looks set to leave after failing to agree a new deal with the Trotters.

The Sweden international has scored 12 goals for Wanderers this season but Coyle believes the money that will come available in the club's wage budget will allow him to add several new players to the squad.

"If Johan goes that will free up a lot of finance because he was our record signing and on a terrific contract," Coyle said.

"That is money I can use to bring exciting young players to the club and that has to be my aim and I will do all I can to achieve it.

"Prior to us arriving I don't think anyone at Bolton would have had a half a mind to offer Johan a new contract.

"We came in and for whatever reason Johan has found his real form and shown the player he is. All of a sudden the situation swings.

"But Johan is in the last year of his contract and he's really in control of his destiny.

"Players come and go. It happens every summer. What you have to do is be forward thinking.

"You have to make sure you have targets in place that can come in and make a smooth transition, blend in with the squad.

"Who is to say I am not out there and have a couple of Bosmans lined up myself? But I am not naming any names."

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