Ex-Crystal Palace star Andre Moritz set to wing in at Bolton Wanderers

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , chief football writer

WANDERERS are aiming to snap up yet another summer bargain after opening talks with ex-Crystal Palace winger Andre Moritz.

Dougie Freedman told The Bolton News a fortnight ago that the Brazilian ace was on his shortlist and it is understood he met with the Whites boss before last night’s friendly at Rotherham United.

Moritz already has offers from Brazil and China but is keen to work with Freedman again after spending a few months playing for him at Selhurst Park last season.

Wanderers had been lining up a move for Moritz if Palace had not been promoted to the Premier League – but the fact that he turned down a deal in the top flight has arrived as a welcome surprise.

After a summer holiday, Moritz met with Eagles boss Ian Holloway a few weeks ago to discuss a new one-year deal. But while Palace were keen to keep hold of the former Fluminese and Kayserispor star but sources close to the player have hinted that he was unhappy with the tactical approach Holloway was planning to use in the top flight.

Freedman’s more modern approach would seem to appeal, with Moritz and his representatives speaking in positive terms over a potential deal at the Reebok.

With Jermaine Beckford’s protracted move from Leicester City expected to be confirmed today, Moritz’s arrival would be Wanderers’ eighth of the summer.

And assuming that Beckford does agree a settlement with the Foxes to sign for free – it would mean that Freedman has only paid out cash for tribunal fees for Rob Hall, Hayden White and Conor Wilkinson all summer.

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