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Transfer News: Bolton Wanderers miss out on Brazilian defender

Raphael Rossi was rumoured to be a target for Wanderers

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According to Portuguese newspaper OJogo, Bolton Wanderers have missed out on the opportunity to sign former Swindon Town defender Raphael Rossi.

The article states (in a rough translation):

"Boavista are very close to announcing their next boost: they are Raphael Rossi, the 26-year-old center-back for the last three seasons in the English third division, with Swindon Town. The Italian-Brazilian, brother of Igor Rossi (ex-Marítimo), has everything agreed for a contract until 2019 and the transfer will be official as soon as the last details are resolved, which should not be late. Peterborough and Bolton were also interested, and Swindon, who was demoted, proposed the renewal, but Raphael was seduced by Boavista. Like the other reinforcements already announced - Assis, Tahar, Vítor Bruno and Alex Rodríguez - Rossi arrives at Bessa at zero cost."

26 year old Raphael Rossi has been playing in England since 2012, when he joined non-league side Whitehawk after a failed move to Brighton.

In 2013, Rossi joined Swindon Town, going on to play over 100 times for The Robins in a four year spell.

Rossi played against Wanderers twice last season, and was sent off during Wanderers' 1-0 at Swindon in October.

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On Monday night, Manchester City youngster Bersant Celina confirmed to Norwegian website Dagbladet that he will be more than likely playing for Wanderers next season. He told the paper:

"I've decided to try me in the championship series. I think this will be good for me."

When asked which club, Celina replied:

"Most likely, Bolton. There is a much better and tougher league than the Dutch, established great talent, who are not afraid to be sitting on the bench".