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Officially official: Craig Dawson to Bolton Wanderers is a done deal

Michael Steele

Bolton Wanderers have completed their second signing of the January transfer window with Craig Dawson now officially a Bolton Wanderers man. The move isn't permanent but will be more than enough to provide defensive help for the Trotters. The loan move will last just three months (where six months was initially speculated).

Dougie Freedman shared his thoughts in today's pre-match press conference:

"We have worked very hard on this one and he has had half a dozen teams to pick from," he said.

"I'm very pleased he's coming to us, and not I would like to point out, for money reasons.

"The kid feels this is where he would like to better himself."

"I don't think it's right for me to go and bring in five or six signings for the sake of it, try and turn things round with a quick fix.

"I feel I have to do it quietly, make sure that the signings I make improve my team and if I have to be patient then that is what I'll do.

"I have been after Craig for a few months, to be honest. And it's paid off."

Dawson has ten caps and five goals for England U21s and has not been given much of a chance at West Bromwich Albion this season, not having played in any Premier League games. He'll fight for a starting spot with Zat Knight and Tim Ream with Matt Mills and David Wheater also coming in after long injury layoffs.