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Thursday, 7 February, 2002, 12:39 GMT
Bolton sign Tofting
Stig Tofting will sign for Bolton from German club Hamburg
Tofting will help Bolton's battle against relegation
Premier League strugglers Bolton have signed Danish international Stig Tofting from German club Hamburg, subject to a medical.

The powerhouse midfielder has made over 100 appearances for the Bundesliga club but has joined Bolton's bid to avoid relegation to the Nationwide League.

He will cost Bolton 250,000 and should be available for Bolton's game against West Ham this weekend.


Stig's arrival will add extra scope to our midfield department
Sam Allardyce
Tofting has 33 caps for Denmark and - with Per Frandsen out injured - will add valuable experience to the Trotters attempt to beat the drop.

"Stig's arrival will add extra scope to our midfield department," manager Sam Allardyce told the club's official website.

"He's an experienced tough tackling midfielder who has bags of experience. He will boost the team over the coming months,"

The Trotters have also been linked with French international Youri Djorkaeff, who is out of favour at his German club side Kaiserslautern.

Wanderers are interested in signing Djorkaeff and have made an offer to the forward, who is keen to play regular football to try and secure a place in France's World Cup squad.

Djorkaeff offer

But the 33-year-old has yet to inform Bolton on whether he will join them - and the Reebok outfit face competition from other Premier League teams.

"They're very interested in me, and I'm also very interested," said the Frenchman of Bolton's interest.

"But another English club however is ready to do business quickly.

"I haven't signed anything as of today, nothing's concrete. I reckon things will start moving at the beginning of next week."

Meanwhile, Djibril Diawara - sacked by Bolton last week - has criticised the club's decision.

Diawara has since been taken on loan by Corensza from Italian Serie A Torino, who held the player's registration.

He was sacked for alleged drinking sprees but has told Corriere dello Sport that he had been arrested after celebrating his birthday.

"After having given a friend a lift home I was stopped by police. It was an excuse for the Bolton directors to tear up my contract," said Diawara.

The 27-year-old from then took a swipe at the game in England.

"In England they just boot the ball upfield and run like madmen after it - in Italy they play a more geometrical game, using their heads."

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