Twas the night after deadline day and all through the house... err, Reebok, not a creature was stirring, not even a Marvin Sordell. That is until about 1:30am GMT when the club made the signing of Marvin Sordell officially official. The England U-21 star has signed on a three-and-a-half-year deal after Watford accepted a bid from Bolton Wanderers in the neighborhood of £3.2 million.
Owen Coyle said of the signing:
"Overall, we're very pleased with all the players we have been able to bring in, as we have strengthened and added real quality signings to our squad."
Alan Nixon of the Mirror reported that Sordell's old manager at Watford, Mackay, was also in the market for him, trying to bring Sordell to Cardiff. Hit the jump for the full story.
Coyle made an inquiry for Sordell during deadline day but backed off because of the price-tag and after making background checks on the young forward.
The Premier League club had contacted former Watford manager Mackay for an honest assessment of the England Under-21 international's recent form before increasing their offer.
Mackay advised Bolton that the young forward was not yet ready for the step up, but Coyle then discovered that Cardiff had tabled a £3.2million offer for Sordell - and were whisking him to Wales for a medical.
The move is still subject to confirmation by the FA and Premier League but Sordell becomes Bolton's third transfer of this window along with Tim Ream and Ryo Miyaichi. Owen Coyle has a surplus of about £1.5 million from the sale of Gary Cahill.