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Newcastle United Wait in the Wings as Bolton Striker Considers Future

Bolton striker not under ‘any obligation’ to sign new Reebok Stadium deal and could move to St. James’ Park.

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Bolton Wanderers striker Johan Elmander admits he feels ‘no obligation’ to sign for the Trotters as he awaits for the club to offer a new contract.

The Swedish striker’s current deal expires at the end of the season meaning he could leave the club on a free in the Summer.

Speculation has been mounting that he could move elsewhere but no offers came in during the January transfer window and Owen Coyle has indicated he wants the player to stay beyond the summer.

But Newcastle United are in the market for a tall, powerful centre-forward, after losing Andy Carroll to Liverpool, and boss Alan Pardew sees the Swede as an ideal replacement. The Magpies also have injury concerns over Shola Ameobi and have to now count on Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands and Nile Ranger for fire-power.

Elmander has enjoyed his best season in England to date, scoring nine goals in 24 appearances, and being available on free makes him an attractive proposition.

The striker revealed discussions over a new contract have begun but the terms of the deal are yet to be finalised and believes the ball is firmly in Bolton’s half.

The 29-year-old is prepared to consider other options if the matter remains unresolved.

“I don’t feel any obligation towards Bolton,” Elmander told The Sun.

“They have had the chance to do something about a new deal. We’ve had dialogue but not right now.”


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