Bolton Enter Transfer Market With Deal For Swansea City Star

Reebok Stadium welcomes Liberty Stadium hero.

Bolton Wanderers have signed Swansea City midfielder Darren Pratley on a four-year deal.

The 26-year-old was out of contract after making 199 appearances in five years for the Welsh club.

Pratley becomes Bolton’s first signing of the summer even though he recently denied he had agreed to join Bolton Wanderers.

The Londoner joined Swansea in 2006 from Fulham for £100,000 and helped the club win two promotions in five years.

New contract negotiations were put on hold last season and he lost his first-team place as Swansea chased promotion to the relegation.

The energetic midfielder scored after coming on in Swansea’s play-off semi-final second-leg victory over Nottingham Forest and played the last 35 minutes as a substitute in Swansea’s final win over Reading.

“We’re delighted to have Darren here,” Bolton manager Owen Coyle said.

“A number of clubs were interested in him and we are pleased to have secured his services.”

Meanwhile Bolton defender Gary Cahill is expected to leave the club and move to Arsenal in a £17million deal.

Coyle hopes to secure a season-long loan of an Arsenal star as part of the move with youngsters Carlos Vela and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas both targets.

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