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Bannan Bolsters Beleaguered Bolton

Neil Lennon has strengthened his injury-stricken squad on Transfer Deadline Day, with midfielder Barry Bannan joining the club.

Barry Bannan has joined Bolton on loan until the end of the season
Barry Bannan has joined Bolton on loan until the end of the season
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Despite many fans fearing a deadline day of doom (this writer included), Bolton Wanderers have strengthened their squad by snapping up Scottish international midfielder Barry Bannan.

The Crystal Palace player, who started out with Aston Villa, has agreed a loan deal at the Macron until the end of the season despite having been linked with a move north to Celtic, the side he supported as a youngster.

Bannan, still only 25, has only figured 18 times since signing for The Eagles in 2013, and it looks likely his move to Bolton is part of the deal that has seen Chung-Yong Lee move in the opposite direction. The midfielder has always promised plenty of potential but failed to really deliver on it - indeed Ian Holloway, his manager at Blackpool, described him as "a beautiful footballer, absolutely lovely to watch."

Other confirmed business today at Bolton is the loan signing of 21-year-old midfielder Simeon Slavchev from Sporting Lisbon, bizarrely described as 'the Bulgarian Lampard' when he was linked with a move to Aston Villa in 2013. While Lennon seems to have sealed yet another midfielder in the form of 21-year-old Celtic man Filip Twardzik.

But the major news from Bolton has been the confirmation of the departure of Lee to Crystal Palace for a deal expected to be around £500,000, possibly plus add-ons. The South Korean has been joined through the exit door by Keith Andrews, who is off to MK Dons on loan, and youngster Conor Wilkinson, who has joined Oldham Athletic on loan.

While any Bolton fans watching Sky Sports' deadline day coverage will have noticed Jim White's slip of the tongue that announced Andy Kellett could be joining Manchester United on loan. This news had simple United fans losing their minds, but we expect he is actually moving across the Pennines to Sheffield United on loan.

Further incomings seem unlikely, but we'll confirm any deals if they do come through.