Manchester City midfielder Vladimir Weiss has joined Bolton Wanderers on loan as he aims to secure his passage to the World Cup finals in the summer.
Weiss, 20, has found first-team chances hard to come by at Eastlands this season and has been restricted to just three substitute appearances in the Carling Cup and a solitary start in the FA Cup.
Despite his lack of football, Weiss is a prominent player for Slovakia and joins Bolton in an attempt to ensure that he will form part of his country's 23-man squad that makes the journey to South Africa.
The Trotters had also been linked with a loan move for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere but Owen Coyle's first signing as Bolton boss is winger Weiss. Wigan Athletic and German side Cologne had also been linked with the City youngster.
Roberto Mancini said earlier this month that he wanted Weiss to secure the regular first-team football that has so far eluded him at City.
"It is possible Vladimir will go somewhere on loan," Mancini said. "He is a good young player who is going to be important to this club in the future. But he needs to play. We have not decided where though. That will be Vladimir's choice."