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Bolton Wanderers chasing Norwegian defender... but who?

Charlie Crowhurst

In a rumored move to boost Bolton's (admittedly much better of late) defense, there are murmurs of the Trotters chasing a Norwegian defender. What we're short on is the details. However, that won't stop us from floating a potential theory. After all, Dougie Freedman has fully jumped on the transfer market wagon in order to strengthen his squad. This potential move could come in light of the earlier striker talk and the news that Bolton may be priced out of Stephen Warnock.

The hopefuls among us would hope that Bolton Wanderers would make a move for Fulham's American-born Norwegian center half, Brede Hangeland. Despite the fact that Hangeland only has six months left on his deal, there is really no reason for the six-and-a-half-foot tall defender to want a move up north. That said, there were murmurs back in 2008 that Hangeland had completed a Bolton medical before Roy Hodgson and Fulham phoned in with a better offer down in London.

So, yeah, don't count on a Brede move.

The more likely option for Dougie Freedman and Bolton is, instead, a player that Dougie is very familiar with. The player is Jonathan Parr and he was originally brought to Crystal Palace from Aalesund by the former Eagles boss in July of 2011. At just under six feet tall, he is a shorter option than Marcos Alonso but we're told he has pace to spare.

Jonathan Parr is a left back and since moving to Selhurst Park, he has made the position pretty much his own. Parr faced stiff competition for the spot from Dean Moxey. Parr is now in the middle of his second season for Palace and has made 55 league appearances with two goals and five assists in that stretch. He was voted the club's Player of the Year following the 2011-2012 season. So far this year, he has started 22 of Crystal Palace's matches in the Championship, coming on as a substitute in the other four and thus appearing in every match so far this season.

Parr signed a three year contract upon his move to England, meaning that his current deal runs out in summer 2014.

Jonathan Parr has 18 caps for Norway's U21 team and eight caps for the senior side since 2010. A few of those senior appearances came in the European Championship qualification campaign.