Premier League outfit Bolton Wanderers have secured the signing of Middlesbrough defender David Wheater for an undisclosed fee, the club announced today.
Wheater, 23, could make his debut for Wanderers against Chelsea on Monday after signing a three-and-a-half year deal. Bolton manager Owen Coyle expressed delight at securing the services of Wheater from the Championship club.
"First and foremost we are absolutely delighted to get a player of David's quality into Bolton. The hunger that he has shown in wanting to come to the football club has been first class," Coyle said.
"There has been a lot of competition for his signature and again this shows a willingness on our behalf to invest in young players.
"The club have parted with good money to secure the services of a very talented player who has been involved with England squads before.
"We want him to be involved at that level again and to do that he will have to play well for Bolton Wanderers, however he has arrived here with a real desire to achieve that."
Wheater said joining Bolton, who Coyle has guided to seventh in the table, was an easy decision. "I met with the manager and we had a good chat about football," he said. "I had a look around the facilities and it was a really easy decision to make."