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Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 August 2005, 08:14 GMT 09:14 UK
Bolton complete Nakata loan deal
Japanese midfielder Hidetoshi Nakata
Bolton manager Sam Allardyce has clinched the loan signing of Japan midfielder Hidetoshi Nakata, subject to international clearance.

The 28-year-old Fiorentina star, who has played in Italy for the last six years, will move to the Reebok Stadium on a season-long loan deal.

Allardyce told Bolton's website: "I'm pleased the deal is sorted. His medical was fine and we now have a work permit.

"He is an exciting acquisition for us and will add strength to our midfield."

Allardyce added: "His focus and belief in himself and his talent will be a great addition for us in the Premiership. His focus is only to play Premiership football."

Nakata, who is widely thought to be the best player produced by Japan, said: "I am very pleased to begin a new experience in the Premier League.

"I look forward to being part of Bolton Wanderers and to start playing in a season that will be very important for the team and for myself."

Allardyce revealed that Nakata had told him "it has been his wish to play in the Premiership for a number of years".

"He wants to be a major success for us and prove he is a good, good player in the Premier League," he added.

Nakata is a very accomplished player and has got a lot of experience
Sam Allardyce

"We want to get him in amongst the lads as quickly as possible.

"We will have something like 14 nationalities in the dressing room with Nakata and five different religions. There will be a fantastic menu in the canteen!

"But, in all seriousness, I'm pretty excited about this young man."

Nakata, capped 66 times by Japan, had previously played for Roma, Parma, Perugia and Bologna.

Allardyce said he hoped to gradually introduce Nakata to the Premiership.

"Hopefully he can adapt pretty quickly and become a major success," he said.

"He is a very accomplished player and has got a lot of experience of European football as well as with the national team."

Nakata arrived in Italian football in the 1998-99 season from J-League Bellmare Hiratsuka and proved an instant success, scoring 10 goals in 33 games for Perugia.

That helped earn him a move to Roma two years later - where he won the Scudetto in 2000-01.

He then joined Parma in a big-money move and spent two-and-a-half years at the Ennio Tardini stadium before leaving for Bologna.

Although injuries limited him to 20 appearances for Fiorentina last season, he was fit enough to play for Japan in the recent Confederations Cup tournament in Germany.

News conference: Bolton's Hidetoshi Nakata


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