Andre explains transfer turnaround
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 28-year-old striker was all geared up for a deadline day switch from Nantes to Le Championnat rivals Lille before Bolton stepped in.
Reebok boss Sam Allardyce was set to let Michael Ricketts join Middlesbrough and swooped for Andre as a replacement at the last minute.
The move took Andre, and Lille, by complete surprise and the French club had already announced his capture when he decided to move to Bolton.
"I was thinking I was going to sign for Lille then I had Sam Allardyce on the phone asking me to come here," said Andres.
"I didn't have to think about it for long. My first choice was to come to Bolton."
Andre was then flown to England late on Friday, along with fellow Bolton new boy Florent Laville, and was signed as a Bolton player in the nick of time.
Andre has been linked with moves to England before and said that he would have crossed the English Channel earlier but for Nantes' bid.
"I wanted to come to England before but I chose Nantes because they won the Championship and played in the Champions League the year after."
Allardyce is relying heavily on his new signings to help keep the club in the top-flight, and Andre is ready for the challenge.
"I know it's not easy to come to a club and be ready straight away. But I will have to reduce the time it takes to adapt."
Andre now has to get his feet on the ground and forget the incredible turn of events that led to him moving to Bolton, and turn his attentions to performing in The Premiership.