Bolton Wanderers miss out as Alfred Finnbogason joins Olympiakos on loan

Alfred Finnbogason was a key summer target for Bolton Wanderers, reports claimed.

As reported by Real Sociedad’s official website, striker Alfred Finnbogason has sealed a season-long loan deal with Greek champions Olympiakos, subject to passing a medical.

The Iceland international only joined the La Liga side last summer following a wonderful goal scoring season in Holland, but a disappointing campaign at the Anoeta stadium ensued.

Newly-appointed boss David Moyes didn’t count on his services towards the back-end of the campaign, and this summer the Scot was happy to offload the striker in order to make space in wages.

According to the club’s local paper Diario Vasco, his destination was widely tipped to be the Championship as Bolton Wanderers made contact over the possibility of a loan deal.

Neil Lennon is in great need of adding a real goal threat to his ranks, his desperation illustrated during the previous campaign as he took on the aging Emile Heskey on a short-term deal.

However, his attempts to land Finnbogason never came to fruition and now the former Celtic boss will have to cast his eye elsewhere as the striker completes a temporary move to Greece.


The problem Lennon has at Bolton is financially the club are being handicapped, with seemingly the only funds available coming as a result of selling off a member of the first-team squad first.

The Northern Irishman worked with Norwich City’s out of favour striker Gary Hooper at Celtic, and he would represent a fine choice if the Canaries are willing to loan him out.

However, Bolton could end up being forced to seek a loan deal elsewhere, or even dip into the English lower leagues with the hope of pulling off a real coup under the noses of their rivals.

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