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Report: Dougie to go in for out-of-contract Palace midfielder Garvan

Tom Dulat

According to a report from the Daily Mail (who, at the time of writing, used a mislabeled photo of Jonathan Williams instead of the correct one), Bolton Wanderers and Dougie Freedman are very, very interested in Crystal Palace midfielder Owen Garvan. The 25-year-old has been with Crystal Palace for three seasons and will be out of contract this summer.

Garvan, a Republic of Ireland international with U21 caps and goals in his past, has been at Crystal Palace since 2010, when he signed from Ipswich Town for a relatively small fee. In his time at Palace, Garvan has 78 appearances for the Eagles in all competitions with ten goals to his name. He is a central midfielder that tends to line up in a more advanced role, akin to that of Mark Davies.

With Davies facing at least eight more months out following a knee injury picked up against Peterborough, Bolton are lacking in central attacking options. The Trotters have no shortage of players that call the middle of the park their home, having employed Medo Kamara, Darren Pratley, Keith Andrews, Josh Vela, and Stu Holden there already this season, among other options.