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Transfer Gossip: Bolton Wanderers interested in former Arsenal, Real Madrid and Brazil playmaker

Julio Baptista: A Wanderer?

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According to The Sun, Bolton Wanderers are interested in signing former Arsenal, Real Madrid and Brazil international, Julio Baptista.

The article from The Sun states:

“BRAZILIAN forward Julio Baptista could make sensational return to English football with Bolton Wanderers.

The newly-promoted Championship side are in talks with the former Arsenal and Real Madrid attacker who starred for his country in the Star Sixes tournament in London this month.

The Trotters are looking to bolster their squad to establish themselves back in England’s second tier after a season in League One – and are keen to add Baptista’s experience on a short-term deal.

The 35-year-old is a free agent after his release from MLS outfit Orlando City last November and has revealed he is desperate to keep playing.

He revealed to Sky Sports at Star Sixes: “I’m not done yet, my agent is looking for a team so I can keep playing a little longer.

“Maybe it will be in Spain, or China, we will have to wait and see.”

The Lancashire side are trying to sign Osmanlispor forward Cheick Diabate who was on loan at Metz last season.

The Mali international scored eight goals in 14 appearances in Ligue 1 and is keen a switch to England.

Bolton are also in talks to sign Zach Hadji - son of former Moroccan international Mustapha who has been on trial at the Macron stadium and featuring in pre-season friendlies.”

What a Big Sam signing this would be. Now 35, Baptista has had a long and distinguished career. With 47 caps for Brazil, Baptista would bring a wealth of experience to The Macron.

Cheick Diabate, who the article also links us to, is a 29 year old Mali internationl striker, who spent eight years playing for Bordeaux.

So, would you want Julio Baptista at The Macron? Let us know in the comments box below.