Newcastle United In Pole Position To Sign Bolton Striker As Owen Coyle Admits Fears

Reebok Stadium star looks to be heading to St James’ Park.

Bolton Wanderers striker Johan Elmander will sign for Newcastle United on a free transfer as manager Owen Coyle admits there is nothing he can do.

The 29-year-old’s contract expires in the summer and the Trotters have failed to agree a new deal.

The Sweden international has been enjoying his best season to date with 10 goals, five assists in 31 games.

He joined Bolton in 2008 from Toulouse for a club record £8.2million.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew sees the tall striker as the perfect replacement for Andy Carroll, who moved to Liverpool for £35million in January.

Bolton boss Coyle is still hopeful he can keep Elmander but knows it is likely he will move from the Reebok Stadium.

“At the end of the season we will have another go at trying to make sure he stays at Bolton,” Coyle told the Bolton News.

“But Johan is well within his rights to listen to what offers are out there. I would imagine he will have a few given the quality he has.

“I would love him to stay. I enjoy working with him. I think he will have some good offers.

“If there is a club out there in the top bracket that can offer the lure of Champions League, then Johan would crave that opportunity.

“But if there are clubs out there, in our bracket, we would have a fantastic chance of keeping Johan because he enjoys his football and has enjoyed working with us since we came in.”

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