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Puygrenier seals Bolton move
09 Jan 2009 - 14:54:41
Bolton Wanderers have made their first signing of the January transfer window after landing French defender Sebastien Puygrenier on loan.
Puygrenier, 26, has joined the Trotters on loan for the rest of the season from Zenit St Petersburg subject to international clearance.
The central defender joined Zenit last summer and was part of the side that secured a 2-1 UEFA Super Cup victory over Manchester United in Monaco in August.
The 6ft 4in Frenchman began his career with Stade Rennes before a five-year spell in Ligue 1 with AS Nancy.
"When I heard that Bolton Wanderers were interested in me, I immediately got on a flight with my agent to do the deal straight away," he told the club's official website.
"This is a big opportunity and I want to take it with both hands. I want to prove that I can play in England and hopefully I will be able to stay longer than until the end of the season.
"Bolton are a good English club and they have a good tradition with French footballers. The Reebok Stadium looks like a great place to play football and there seems to be a good ambience between the players and the staff.
"French and Russian football is different to that in England, but I believe that my background with the two different styles will help me adapt over here.
"I had a good experience when I played against Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup and so hopefully that will continue."