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Bolton Wanderers’ Dougie Freedman makes double swoop for Cian Bolger and Steve De Ridder

By Suraj Radia

Bolton Wanderers have confirmed the signing of Leicester City youngster Cian Bolger as well as bringing in Southampton’s winger Steve De Ridder on loan.

The Foxes’s 20-year-old put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee after impressing on loan at Bristol Rovers in three spells over the past 18 months.

Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman admitted the Irish defender may have to wait for his chance in the senior squad but feels he is more than capable of making the step-up.

Freedman said: “Although he’ll train with the first team squad, Cian is one who will initially play in the development squad.

“We believe that he has the potential to be knocking on the door for a regular place in the senior team in the near future.”

Bolger was close to being joined at the Reebok by Hamilton Academical startlet Gary Fraser but the 18-year-old decided against leaving home despite passing a medical.

Meanwhile, Belgian winger De Ridder, 25, has signed on a one-month loan with the Trotters from Premier League side Southampton.

Going in the opposite direction, forward Michael O’Halloran has extended his loan at League One side Tranmere Rovers until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old forward has been on loan at Rovers since the end of November and has scored one goal in 12 games for Ronnie Moore’s side.

Elsewhere, David N’Gog is set to remain at the club despite advances from Premier League side Fulham to sign the Frenchman on loan.

The ex-Liverpool striker has only scored seven goals for the Trotters in two seasons but the Cottagers’ enquiry has been rebuffed by Bolton.

One man who will also be staying at the club is fullback Marcos Alonso after Fiorentina admitted a move for the Spaniard is looking increasingly unlikely.

The Italian club’s sporting director Daniele Prade told Sky Sports Italia: “I think it would be hard to take him right away, because Bolton are making a stand.

“If we don’t find an agreement with them, then we will do everything in June.”

Sierra Leone international Mohamed Kamara has also joined the club from Serbian side Partizan Belgrade, subject to international clearance.

The 25-year-old midfielder, commonly known as Medo, also holds Finnish citizenship and has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Championship outfit.

Freedman said: “I’ve known about Medo for a while now. Aki Riihilahti, who is a good friend of mine from when we were Crystal Palace, played with him in Finland.

“I’ve seen a lot of him and never really thought I’d have any chance of working with him. From Finland he went over to Partizan Belgrade and has certainly become a better player over the last three or four years.

“It’s the right deal for the club. He has the heart of a lion, the hunger, the desire and the right mind-set – he wants to come here and do well and I look forward to working with him.”

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