Gardner Rejects Irons Switch

  • June 17, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Ricardo Gardner has turned down the opportunity to join West Ham United and will sign a new contract at Bolton in the coming weeks.

Gardner looked set to link up with Hammers' boss Sam Allardyce after falling out of contract at the Reebok Stadium, but according to his representative, Phil Graham, the 32-year-old wants to stay at the club he has served since 1998.

"It was very tempting for Ricardo to go and play for Sam, as a former manager, and one he enjoyed a lot of success with," Graham told The Bolton News.

"But he didn't particularly want to relocate, and his family certainly didn't want to relocate.

"He loves the club and the town, and wants to see his career out at Bolton, and more importantly in the Premier League."

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