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Andre Moritz enters Trotters talks, no deal yet

Ben Hoskins

It's looking as though Bolton Wanderers could add another person to the squad and, surprisingly, he's not named Jermaine Beckford. Yesterday, rumors emerged (from the Mirror's Alan Nixon, of course) that the Trotters would be announcing a new, mystery signing on Tuesday. The player, not named, was currently in England and Wanderers had shown interest before. The smart money was on former Crystal Palace man, Andre Moritz, who Dougie Freedman signed for the Eagles.

A few outlets seemed to have jumped the gun early, saying that Moritz had signed already but that does not seem to be the case, at least not yet. According to a report in this morning's Bolton News, Moritz will be in discussions with the club today but no deal has been agreed and no player has been announced as of yet. Wanderers kick off against Rotherham United in their first pre-season match tonight at 7:45pm local and it will be interesting to see if anything happens ahead of that.

Moritz had played in Brazil and Turkey's top flights for a number of different teams before Dougie Freedman signed him on a one year deal from Turkish side, Mersin. Crystal Palace, who had won promotion via the play-offs last season, could not guarantee Moritz first team playing time in the Premier League and thus a new contract was not agreed upon.

Dougie Freedman spoke about the Moritz possibility just last week, saying:

"It is something we are looking at. I've worked with him before and with it being a free transfer, if it was also an acceptable wage, then it might be something we can do."