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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 January, 2004, 10:55 GMT
Howey completes Bolton switch
Defender Steve Howey
Bolton manager Sam Allardyce has snapped up Leicester defender Steve Howey on a short-term contract.

The 32-year-old Howey has fallen out of favour at Leicester after joining them in the summer from Manchester City.

He could be in contention for the Trotters' trip to Charlton on Saturday.

But the former Newcastle centre-back will not be eligible to play for the Trotters in the Carling Cup final.

He is the third arrival at the Reebok during the January transfer window, following the signings of Donovan Ricketts and Javi Moreno on loan.

Bolton boss Allardyce has been anxious to strengthen his defence with Florent Laville and Ricardo Gardner long-term absentees.

Although 31-year-old Howey made only 13 appearances for Leicester, he arrives with vast experience.

He spent a decade at Newcastle before making a 2.5m switch to Manchester City in 2000.

There he help the club win promotion to the Premiership in 2002.

Howey made 103 appearances for the club, scoring 11 goals before moving to Leicester last June.

Bolton have given Howey the chance to prolong his Premiership career.

Howey daid: "I got a phone call yesterday that Bolton were interested.

"I spoke to Sam Allardyce - and given the situation at Leicester, it was a fantastic opportunity I could not pass up," he told

"I saw Bolton on TV in the Carling Cup, and the way they played against Aston Villa - especially in the first leg of their semi-final - really impressed me.

"They thoroughly deserved to go through to the final and are proving a force to be reckoned with in the Premiership.

"They have proved their critics wrong with some awesome displays throughout the campaign."

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