Spearing Completes Bolton Move

  • August 09, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton have completed the transfer of Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing, who has signed a four-year deal at the Reebok Stadium.

An undisclosed fee, thought to be an initial £1million, has been exchanged, with add-ons meaning the deal could potentially rise to upwards of £2million.

Spearing spent last season on loan with Wanderers, making 39 appearances in all competitions, and was voted as the club's Player of the Year.

Deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield, Spearing was granted permission to speak to Blackburn Rovers earlier this summer after they agreed a £1.5million fee with the Reds. The 24-year-old rejected the opportunity to hold talks with the Ewood Park side, with his heart seemingly set on a permanent move to Bolton.

Fearful that Wigan Athletic boss Owen Coyle, who brought Spearing to the Reebok last summer, was about to make a move, Dougie Freedman submitted an offer earlier this week and the player passed a medical at the club's Euxton training base on Thursday evening.

Speaking about the move, Freedman said praise must go to the club's board, who made the deal possible.

"Jay wanted to come here and wanted to play for the Bolton Wanderers jersey," Freedman told the club's official website. "He brings qualities to the football club both on and off the field.

"He turned down a few other clubs to come here and he knows and likes the style of our management team.

"We really have to thank the board and owners on this one. The support we've had has been great in helping us to acquire such a fantastic young player."

Spearing has signed a four-year contract with the Trotters, which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2016/17 campaign. He has been allocated the number six shirt, which was last worn by the now retired Fabrice Muamba. Having featured for Liverpool in pre-season, he is ready to play and could make his second Bolton debut when they host Reading on Saturday afternoon.

Speaking about his permanent switch, the Liverpudlian admitted it was a big decision to leave the club he has supported all his life but he believes Bolton are going in the right direction under Freedman.

"I feel like it has been a long time coming and it has been a long pre-season for myself," Spearing told the club's official website.

"I've spoken to the manager a couple of times and he wants us to get back to the way we were performing towards the end of last season. With the players the manager has added, we now want to push on and secure a place in the Premier League.

"Last season, when the gaffer came in, things really turned around. He got his style of play right across to the lads and it was great to work with him. I want to be part of what he is building here.

"I feel okay. If there's a chance for me to play against Reading then I'll of course jump at the opportunity. It's entirely up to the manager so far.

"It was a big decision to leave Liverpool. I've got some great moments there and enjoyed every single minute of it. I'll always be a Liverpool fan, but in football terms I feel like the time is right for me to make this move."

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