Galatasaray announces signing of Bolton's Johan Elmander 'in principle'

Swedish striker will move at the end of his current deal at the Reebok on June 1, says Turkish club, with Bolton boss Coyle resigned to losing his star man.
Bolton looks to have lost the fight to keep star man Johan Elmander after Galatasaray claimed to have struck a deal with the striker.

A statement on the Turkish club's website revealed it had come to an agreement with the Swedish forward who will move on June 1 when his contract ends.

The statement on Friday read: "Galatasaray this morning sent a statement to IMKB (Turkish
stock market) that they agreed with Johan Elmander in principle. We'll inform the public once the final agreement is signed."

There has been no word from Bolton as yet, but manager Owen Coyle admitted last month that he would face a major struggle to try and keep the player at the club.

“When the season ends, we will certainly have one last go at trying to persuade him to sign a new contract," he said.

“But if there is a club out there in the top bracket that can offer him the lure of Champions League football, then he will do what any player would. All players crave that sort of chance.”

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