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Report: Wanderers set to sign Leicester City's Neil Danns on loan

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Matthew Lewis

Dougie Freedman has completed a loan signing in hopes of boosting his faltering Bolton Wanderers side ahead of the weekend's match at Yeovil Town. The new man in, per a report from the Bolton News, is Neil Danns of Leicester City, a central midfielder that should (hopefully) be able to push for a first team spot while putting pressure on his squad counterparts in the process.

Bolton Wanderers have struggled in the midfield particularly, after eight matches without a win to start the season. A lot of the goals that the whites have allowed have resulted from balls given up on or around the halfway line that have led the opposition to break into Bolton's area.

Danns has only made 30-some appearances for the Foxes since signing in 2011 but had spent parts of last season on loan at Bristol City and Huddersfield Town. Danns became a regular in the Terriers side in the second half of the 2012/13 campaign, featuring in 17 matches and scoring two goals.

In truth, it's not the most inspiring signing in name and perhaps it is an indication of what Bolton Wanderers have become. Many had hoped that any loan signings, at least immediately, would have been in attack or in defense, two of the areas in which Bolton are struggling the most.

Whether or not he will feature at the weekend remains to be seen. Dougie Freedman is not exactly predictable in that regard, starting some players right from the off while others sit the bench for a few weeks while they're "brought up to speed." Either way, one thing is clear: Bolton Wanderers need an injection of passion / drive / talent / goals / defense in order to kick start the season.