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Transfer Gossip: Bolton Wanderers linked with former Huddersfield defender

A extra player in defence?

Barnet v West Bromwich Albion - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images

According to reports in The Sun, Bolton Wanderers are interested in former Huddersfield Town and Middlesbrough defender, Martin Cranie.

Wanderers also face competition from Wigan Athletic.

Cranie has spent pre-season with West Bromwich Albion, who now look set to sign Yeovil full back, Tom James, instead.

So who is Martin Cranie?

Well, the 31 year old began his career with Southampton in 2004. Cranie played twenty-five times for the South coast side in a three year stint, whilst also featuring for AFC Bournemouth and Yeovil Town in loan spells.

Cranie moved to Portsmouth in 2007 & also made his England U21 debut in the same year. Moves to QPR and Charlton Athletic on loan followed, before Cranie signed permanently for Coventry City in 2009.

It was with the Sky Blues that Cranie became a regular starter, earning him a move to Barnsley in 2012. He spent three years at Oakwell & then signed for Huddersfield Town in 2015.

During his time with the Terriers, Cranie was part of the squad that were promoted to The Premier League.

Cranie has played nearly 400 games across the top three divisions. He’s capable of playing anywhere in defence, though is most comfortable at right back.

I don’t think Wanderers need any more right backs, so maybe they see him as a backup centre back if reports are to be believed.

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