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Last Updated: Monday, 31 December 2007, 15:38 GMT
Bolton to sign midfielder Cohen
Tamir Cohen
Cohen is the son of former Liverpool player Avi
Bolton have agreed terms with 23-year-old Israeli midfielder Tamir Cohen, who is set to sign a two-and-half-year deal at the club.

Cohen, son of former Liverpool player Avi, has been training with Bolton for some weeks and the move is subject to international clearance.

"My dream has come true and I'm taking another step forward in my career," said Cohen, who has won three caps.

"I expect to continue my progress and justify Gary Megson's faith in me."


Cohen has been playing for Maccabi Netanya in his homeland.

"I'm really pleased to be able to add someone of Tamir's potential to our squad," said Trotters boss Gary Megson.

"He will need to get used to the demands of the Barclays Premier League like all new players but I am certain he will be a valuable asset."

Cohen began his career at Maccabi Tel Aviv and, after moving to Netanya in January, has represented Israel three times.

Meanwhile, Megson has criticised the transfer window, saying it has no place in English football.

Megson feels the two windows in January and August only serve the needs of the rich, not the poor.

He said: "The transfer window is rubbish, it is unfair and I would like to see it challenged in court.

"Look at other businesses. If a haulage company wanted a new lorry and someone said in September you cannot have one until January, you are not allowed to do those kind of things.

"Yet football clubs are told they have to do their business in a certain time, not when they would like to do it.

"It suits only a very few clubs, those at the top end of the game."

Megson expects to be busy over January as he lines up potential signings to help guide Bolton away from the bottom of the Premier League table.

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