Former Arsenal striker Julio Baptista could join Bolton

Julio Baptista scored four goals against Liverpool in a remarkable 6-3 win for Arsenal at Anfield in the League Cup
Image: Julio Baptista played 24 games for Arsenal in the 2006-07 season

Bolton Wanderers could be lining up a move for former Arsenal and Real Madrid striker Julio Baptista.

The 35-year-old has not played competitively since leaving Orlando City in November last year. His eight-month spell in MLS came to an end because of a clause in his contract which would have triggered a $1m payment.

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Baptista is a close acquaintance of Lee Anderson, son of Bolton chairman Ken Anderson, and has been training with the Under-23 side.

Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson has been impressed with his fitness and told The Bolton News: "He came in and has been training with our Under-23s, but that's it at the moment.

Former Arsenal and Real Madrid forward Julio Baptista scored a hat-trick as Brazil dismantled China in the Star Sixes tournament, this goal being the pick of the bunch

"It really has been a great bit of experience for the younger lads to train with a player of that stature and pedigree."

Baptista added to the story by taking a selfie at the Macron Stadium's hotel, teasing the words "coming soon," "get ready," and "big announcement."

#getready #comingsoon

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Wanderers flew Baptista in on Monday and he was shown around the training ground and stadium, undergoing some light testing with the medical staff.

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He has since remained with his representative at the hotel and hopes to speak with club staff on Wednesday morning to try and progress the situation.

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