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Last Updated: Friday, 29 August, 2003, 12:11 GMT 13:11 UK
Thome heads to Bolton
Emerson Thome
Thome hopes to resurrect his Premiership career
Bolton have signed defender Emerson Thome from Sunderland on a one year-deal.

The Brazilian became Sunderland's record signing in August 2000 when he moved from Chelsea for 4.5m.

But given the Black Cats' dire financial problems following relegation from the Premiership, the 31-year-old was granted a free transfer.

He made nearly 50 appearances at the Stadium of Light, which yielded two goals.

Emerson is an experienced defender with a great record in the Premiership
Sam Allardyce
Bolton manager

"It's quite apparent to everybody that the strengthening of our defence is a priority," Bolton manager Sam Allardyce told the club's website.

"Emerson is an experienced defender with a great record in the Premiership.

"His arrival will add quality to our defence and freshen up the side."

Thome is one of a host of players to have left Sunderland this summer.

He follows Kevin Phillips, Thomas Sorensen, Gavin McCann, Tore Andre Flo, Jody Cradock, Bernt Haas and Claudio Reyna out of the club.

Thome has been allocated the squad number 26, but will have to wait to discover whether his transfer has been completed in time for him to go into the Bolton squad for Saturday's match with Charlton.

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