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Trotters move for De Ridder

31 January 2013

Bolton have signed Southampton winger Steve De Ridder on an initial one-month loan.

The 25-year-old, who is at home on either flank, joined Saints in the summer of 2011 and played a key role in their promotion to the Barclays Premier League last season.

Prior to moving to England, De Ridder played for Dutch outfit De Graafschap having started his career with Gent in his homeland Belgium.

Earlier, the Trotters completed the signing of Leicester defender Cian Bolger for an undisclosed fee.

The 20-year-old centre-back has penned a three-and-a-half-year deal at the Reebok Stadium.

A product of the Foxes' youth system, Bolger made 52 appearances across three separate loan spells with Bristol Rovers over the past three seasons.

Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman revealed the Irish youngster will not be an immediate first-team fixture.

He said: "Although he'll train with the first-team squad, Cian is one who will initially play in the development squad.

"We believe he has the potential to be knocking on the door for a regular place in the senior team in the near future."

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