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Transfer Gossip: Madine Passes Medical

Neil Lennon's first summer signing is close to completion.

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Bolton Wanderers took a step closer to acquiring their first signing of the Summer yesterday, as Gary Madine passed his medical yesterday.

The 24 year-old turned down offers from both Blackpool and Birmingham City to be Neil Lennon's replacement for Craig Davies, and fill the vacated 'athletic-tagret man' role.

News about the strikers signing has been met with some backlash from Wanderers supporters, mostly due to Madine's goal record. He only scored three goals in fifth-teen appearances whilst on loan at Blackpool last season, and he only scored 26 times in over a hundred appearances for Sheffield Wednesday. That and the fact he's spent some time behind bars, of course.

However, it does seem as if Madine will be coming to the club with a positive, determined attitude. In an interview with BBC Sheffield, Madine spoke about how he was driven by the desire to "shut some people up" and prove his doubters wrong. Also saying, when asked if he was a changed man after going to prison "I'd like to think so".

You can listen to the full interview here:

The signing of Madine is not expected to be officially announced until next month, after his contract with Wednesday has expired.