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Transfer Gossip: Bolton Wanderers rival Newcastle United for Serie B defender

Wanderers face stiff competition in the race to sign full back Cheick Keita

According to reports in The Sun and Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Bolton Wanderers are rivaling Newcastle United in the race to sign 20 year old Cheick Keita.

The article in the Sun states:

"NEWCASTLE are weighing up a deal for Mali whizkid Cheick Keita after his stunning start in Italian football.

The ex-Monaco left-back, 20, had scouts flocking to Virtus Entella in Serie B after breaking into the first team.

Bolton also watched him last week and Crystal Palace are monitoring his situation.

Juventus and Roma have been alerted to his performances and French clubs Angers and Le Havre are also willing to take him."

Here's a picture of the article in Tuttosport:

My Italian isn't great, so i dont know exactly what it says. Another site,, states Phil Parkinson is ready to make an offer for the player.

Cheick Keita has played 16 times for Virtus Entella this season.

So, how do you rate Bolton's chances of signing Keita? Let us know in the comments box below.