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Last Updated: Monday, 5 January, 2004, 10:36 GMT
Bolton grab Moreno
Javi Moreno
Bolton have signed Javi Moreno on loan from Atletico Madrid until the end of the season, subject to a medical.

Moreno is leaving Spain to look for first-team football after falling out of favour at Atletico.

The 29-year-old was a prolific scorer for Alaves when that club reached the final of Uefa Cup in 2001, in which they were beaten by Liverpool.

But his career has stalled ever since his 5.5m move to AC Milan the following season.

Moreno could make his debut in the FA Cup third-round replay against Tranmere a week on Tuesday after the sides finished level on Saturday.

Bolton face Manchester United on Wednesday and then Blackburn at the weekend - but those Barclaycard Premiership games may come too soon.

It means we have to be careful regarding Javi's match fitness but hopefully he can be successful
Boton boss Sam Allardyce

With Nigerian forward Jay-Jay Okocha absent at the African Nations Cup, Bolton manager Sam Allardyce was anxious to bolster his squad for a busy fixture programme which could see Wanderers play nine games this month.

"He has only played eight matches this year for Atletico Madrid," said Bolton boss Sam Allardyce.

"It means we have to be careful regarding his match fitness but hopefully he can be successful for us."

Allardyce decided to move for Moreno because of Mario Jardel's failure to find his scoring touch.

The Brazilian was drafted in from Sporting Lisbon in the summer but has yet to hit the target in the top flight.

"Mario was here to score but hasn't managed one in the Premiership and you can't wait, " Allardyce added.




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