Bolton Release Four as Johan Elmander Signs Three Year Galatasaray Deal

Owen Coyle trims his Reebok Stadium squad.

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Johan Elmander has signed a three-year deal with Turkish side Galatasaray after his release by Bolton.

The 29-year-old Sweden striker’s contract at the Reebok Stadium expired at the end of the 2010-11 season and so the Trotters will not receive a fee.

Galatasaray endured a disappointing campaign as they finished eighth in their domestic league.

Jlloyd Samuel, Joey O’Brien and Tamir Cohen have also left Bolton after the expiration of their contracts.

Boss Owen Coyle said all four players were being released for “footballing reasons”. (BBC Sport)

A run of five straight defeats scuppered Bolton’s season some what but Owen Coyle can still be proud of his Trotters squad but clearly the Scot is willing to axe some of his Reebok Stadium staff as he looks to bring in new additions this summer. One would imagine that the club wanted to keep Elmander but the Swede opted to move to Galatasaray instead, which is a tad surprising given that the Turkish side had an awful season last term, finishing in eighth spot and outside of the European qualification spots.

Elmander finished last term as Bolton’s top scorer and Coyle will have to look for alternative attacking options and Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, who made a great impact during his loan spell at the club, will be heading back to Stamford Bridge.

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