Bolton raid Chelsea and Liverpool in bid for European football

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Owen Coyle has pulled off a remarkable bit of business in this transfer window and the Bolton Wanderers faithful will be pleased with their manager on Thursday morning.

Coyle has managed to convince Gael Kakuta that the Reebok Stadium is more attractive than Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea youngster will ply his trade in a Bolton shirt until January.

Like Jack Wilshere before him, Kakuta will arrive at the Reebok with a big reputation and consistent first team football could see the 20-year-old flourish next season.

The winger-cum-forward impressed in a loan move at Fulham last season and Bolton will be keen to pair him with up with strikers Kevin Davies and Ivan Klasnic in a bid to find the goals that can bring European football.

But both Davies and Klasnic will find extra competition for places with Bolton’s newest signing David N’Gog and the former Liverpool striker deserves a run in a first team.

At Liverpool N’Gog was never given his chance and while the Frenchman made 63 league appearances for the Reds and scored just nine goals, he only started 21 of those games.

Given a run in the first team N’Gog can prosper and both Davies and Klasnic will be concerned about the new arrival, and should Bolton improve on their 52 goals last season, they can expect to spend much of the season fighting for a top-half finish.

Bolton are currently the eighth favourites for relegation at 5/1 but they can consider themselves in the same category as the likes of Newcastle, Fulham, Sunderland, Stoke and Everton and the battle between those six for the final top-ten spots will be intriguing.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.