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By ESPN Staff
Jul 14, 2006

Ivory Coast's Meite poised to join Bolton

Bolton have signed Ivory Coast defender Abdoulaye Meite from Marseille, subject to a medical and receiving international clearance.

The 25-year-old centre-half, who played for his country in the World Cup finals in Germany, has agreed a four-year deal and will join Wanderers for an undisclosed fee.

Bolton boss Sam Allardyce said: 'Abdoulaye is a player we have been tracking for some time.

'He has all the qualities you'd expect from an international footballer who also played for one of France's top teams.

'He's young and should adapt to the intensities of the Premier League rather quickly.'

Meite, who helped Marseille knock Bolton out of the UEFA Cup last season, joins fellow summer signing Idan Tal at the Reebok Stadium.

Allardyce also hopes to sign former Manchester United midfielder Quinton Fortune if the South African can prove his fitness in training.

The manager added: 'As always, we are working very hard at bringing in new faces to the squad and I'm confident there will be some more signings before the season gets under way.'