Czech defender Mares claims Bolton move

August 30, 2006

Bolton look set to wrap up a move for left-back Pavel Mares after the Zenit St Petersburg defender claimed he is due to sign a contract with the Premiership club.

Pavel Mares
Empics / NigelFrenchPavel Mares: To sign for Bolton?

The 30-year-old Czech attracted the attention of Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce when the sides played in the UEFA Cup last season and is reported to command a transfer fee of £2million.

'I'm joining Bolton,' he said. 'The contract hasn't been signed yet but I plan to sort this out before the transfer window closes.

'Bolton are one of the strongest teams in the Premiership and I'm glad to be going there.

He added in The Sun: 'Recently I've been forced to sit on the bench and I need to be playing.'