Coyle set to sign midfield duo

Bolton on verge of signing Weiss and Holden till end of season

By Ben Collins   Last updated: 25th January 2010   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Coyle set to sign midfield duo

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Bolton boss Owen Coyle has confirmed he is set to complete deals for midfielders Vladimir Weiss and Stuart Holden.

Manchester City winger Weiss made his senior debut against Bolton in the final game of last season and is looking for regular first-team action ahead of Slovakia's World Cup campaign.

The 20-year-old has made five first-team appearances for City yet has already made six international appearances for Slovakia.

Former Houston Dynamo midfielder Holden has been on trial with Wanderers and is nursing a slight thigh injury but Weiss could feature in Bolton's league clash with Burnley on Tuesday night.

Both are set to sign until the end of the season and will become Coyle's first signings since leaving Burnley for the Reebok Stadium earlier this month.

"I expect both deals to be done today," Coyle said on Monday.

"Stuart is obviously injured at the moment but with Vladimir there is just that final bit of paperwork, and then I would expect him to be in the squad (against Burnley).

Exciting

"He is a very positive player. He is a player who likes to get at full-backs, who likes to get crosses in and shots in.

"He is the type of player that I want at the football club - one that excites the fans. I also believe there is an edge to his game and a quality that will help the ones we already have."

Holden was born in Aberdeen but moved to Houston at the age of 10. He had an unsuccessful spell with Sunderland in 2005 before returning to America and establishing himself in the MLS.

The 24-year-old is free to sign until the end of the season and, if he impresses, it could open the door for Holden to make a more permanent move to Europe.

Incentive

"There is an incentive for Stuart to try to get himself in the team," Coyle added.

"He's had a little thigh knock for the last three or four days which has curtailed his training a little bit, but he did ever so well in the first week and he comes looking to push his career on.

"He has done very well in the MLS and he wants to continue that development.

"He is hungry, he has desire and he has ability, so ultimately when he's fit, it will be up to him to show us what he has got."