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With Paddy Kenny's Leeds Move Completed, Expect Bolton To Renew Their Lonergan Pursuit

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Way back when Bolton Wanderers interest in Leeds United goalkeeper Andy Lonergan, one of the major sticking points of the potential transfer was the lack of a suitable replacement for him at Leeds. That problem has now been solved as Leeds manager Neil Warnock has signed his favorite goalkeeper, Paddy Kenny, for an astonishing fourth time.

Bolton fans can now expect a new move for Lonergan as Owen Coyle is desperate to give Adam Bogdan some competition and make him fight for that starting spot.

Speaking to the Bolton News, Owen Coyle said:

"Whoever comes in has to be at a position to challenge Adam right away. I don't want a number two goalkeeper, or a back-up, I want someone who can put pressure on Adam, and he knows that.

"Adam has really evolved and his performances for us and for Hungary last season prove that.

"But he has got the potential to be even better and he needs someone to be pushing him all the way to be the player he can be."

Coyle then confirmed the club's interest in Lonergan:

"He's a goalkeeper I've known about for many years and he played against my Burnley team for Preston in a season that he was probably the outstanding keeper in the whole Championship.

"There was a lot of interest from Everton at the time, I'm led to believe, so I know all about him but there are three or four others out there at the moment, so we'll see what the next couple of weeks brings."

Finally, Coyle was asked about young Bolton goalkeepers Jay Lynch and Rob Lainton, who were both given squad numbers last week:

"We have two terrific young goalkeepers - Rob Lainton, who had a terrible time with injuries last year and Jay Lynch, who really has outstanding potential

"It's about getting something in between the two. I need someone who knows the Championship but also has the quality to succeed at Bolton Wanderers."

Bolton's last bid for Lonergan was reportedly a good amount under Leeds' valuation of him. Bolton should have a new bid in for him sooner rather than later.