Bolton sign Iceland defender Steinsson
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English Premier League strugglers Bolton signed Iceland defender Gretar Steinsson from AZ Alkmaar for £3.5million on Wednesday.

The right-back agreed a three-and-half-year deal with Gary Megson's side as he finally completed a move to the Reebok Stadium nearly six years later than he wanted.

Steinsson, 26, had a trial with Bolton in 2002 but failed to impress then-manager Sam Allardyce enough to earn a permanent contract.

This time he got his wish and he told Bolton's website: "I'm just glad because I've been waiting a long time to come here. I was really frustrated when I didn't get a contract five and a half years ago."

Steinsson, who has won 19 Iceland caps, admitted a chat with Bolton's Icelandic striker Heidar Helguson had persuaded him now was the time to return to England.

"I spoke to Heidar last week and he told me to come. He told me I'd be crazy not to come," he said.

"I'd already made up my mind, there were just a few small things, and I said this is the club I want to play for, this is a big club for Icelandic players and it is the right time and opportunity for me in my career."