When the club officially announced yesterday that Jay Spearing was undergoing a medical at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton Wanderers fans basically began partying. The tweet, which read "Jay Spearing is set to undergo a medical this afternoon after #BWFC and Liverpool agreed a deal for his transfer," was received with an incredible amount of fan favoriting as the Trotters looked to bring back last seasons' Player of the Year.
Jay Spearing, brought in by Owen Coyle at the start of the 2012/13 season, proved to be a stable force in a chaotic Wanderers side last season. The box-to-box midfielder took no prisoners, wasn't afraid to get forward, and protected the defense as the Whites dramatically rose from the depths of the Championship to the play-off places before narrowly missing out at the end of the year.
Perhaps one of the most promising parts of Spearing's time at Bolton was the burgeoning relationship he formed with Medo Kamara in the second half of the year. The pair were a tough-tackling and formidable force in the center of the park.
In total, Jay Spearing made 39 appearances for Bolton Wanderers in all competitions last season. He spent this summer with Liverpool, participating in Steven Gerrard's testimonial match against Olympiacos and starting against Valarenga earlier in the week.
Dougie Freedman had spoken about his admiration for Spearing on countless occasions but it looked like the deal would not happen due to its financial aspects. Freedman, after initially saying that Wanderers were priced out of the player, changed his tone to "if the price is right." There haven't been any indications about the actual fee that Wanderers will pay for the Liverpool man but previous numbers ranged from £2.5 million to £1.5 million.
Jay Spearing's contract will run for 4 years
Freedman: "We've worked very hard to get Jay on board. We have to thank the board and owners." #BWFC— Official BWFC (@OfficialBWFC) August 8, 2013