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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul, 14, 2006

Bolton closing in on deal for Fortune

Bolton are close to signing former Manchester United midfielder Quinton Fortune.

The 29-year-old South African has been training with the Trotters recently and, providing he proves his fitness, manager Sam Allardyce will complete the signing.

'I am hopeful that everything will go to plan and we will sign him on a permanent basis,' Allardyce told the club's website.

Fortune was linked with moves to Celtic and Manchester City but concerns about his history of injury problems apparently put them off.

The versatile left-sided player has been training with Bolton at the club's Bad Ragaz camp in Switzerland this week.

Allardyce said: 'Quinton Fortune, without any question, would be a top player for us if he stays fit. He has had a few injuries based on his record over the past two years.

'He has done himself a real favour by committing to our training regime to prove his fitness,' he told the club's website.

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