Belfast Telegraph

Tuncay confirms Bolton switch

Turkey striker Tuncay Sanli has confirmed his return to the Premier League with Bolton Wanderers.

The 29-year-old announced on Twitter that he had passed his medical and signed a contract, believed to be a season-long loan from Wolfsburg, although Bolton have not yet officially confirmed the deal

The former Stoke forward will not be permitted to play for Bolton, however, until he gets his work permit authorised by the Home Office and will miss Saturday's trip to newly-promoted QPR.

It represents some good news for manager Owen Coyle, who has been devastated by the loss of Tyrone Mears and Chung Yong-lee during pre-season after both sustained broken legs that will keep them out for months.

Coyle made it his priority to bring in extra firepower when he opted to release Johan Elmander at the end of last season, knowing it was highly unlikely Daniel Sturridge would repeat his successful stint on loan from Chelsea.

It leaves Coyle just requiring one more orthodox forward, in addition to continuing attempts to sign Shaun Wright-Phillips from Manchester City, whilst also trying to fend off any interest in star defender Gary Cahill during what he expects to be a frenzied final three weeks before the transfer window closes.

It is not the ideal scenario on the eve of a new season. However, given the transfer window does not close until September 1, Coyle never expected it to be any other way.

"There will be wheeling and dealing done before September 1," said the Bolton chief. "Players will be coming in and leaving at all clubs.

"We have all tried to have our business done by August 13 but it is not always possible.

"I was always a lover of the old fashioned system, when you could dip into the market when you wanted. Smaller clubs find the window more difficult if they pick up injuries along the way."


From Belfast Telegraph