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Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge joins Bolton on loan

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Bolton Wanderers have signed Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge on loan until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old has made only four starts this season, with 17 substitute appearances, scoring four goals.

He said: "Bolton offer the opportunity to play regular football. It's all about helping them move up the table now, and I can't wait to get started."

Bolton boss Owen Coyle said: "Daniel is a terrific young talent and one of the most exciting strikers in the country."

Sturridge was Chelsea's top scorer in the FA Cup last season as they added the trophy to the league title.

He was initially offered to Liverpool during this transfer window as part of Chelsea's bid to sign Reds striker Fernando Torres.

Liverpool eventually got £50m for the Spanish forward, having rejected Chelsea's first offer of £35m. They also turned down Chelsea's offer of cash plus Sturridge.

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Since moving from Manchester City in 2009, Sturridge has struggled to make his mark in a Chelsea side that includes forwards Anelka, Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda and Solomon Kalou.

He has scored nine goals in the two seasons he has been at the west London club. He also has 10 caps for the England Under-21 team.

Sturridge added: "It has been a very busy and exciting day. I found out that Bolton were interested in me over the weekend and everything has happened fairly quickly.

"I spoke with the manager and he outlined what he hopes to achieve and his plans. It was an easy decision to sign, and I am looking forward to linking up with the squad on Tuesday."

Coyle insists that the arrival of Sturridge will be a huge positive for the club.

"I'm absolutely delighted to bring Daniel to the football club until the end of the season. When we were made aware that there was a chance he'd be allowed out on loan then we certainly tried to do everything we could to convince him that this would be the best place for him," he said.

"I think he's such an exciting young talent who I believe will have a very positive impact, probably similar to the impact Jack Wilshere had last year, because I believe this is a player who is capable of playing in the Chelsea team, as Jack Wilshere was capable of playing in the Arsenal team.

"Sometimes at elite clubs there's a tendency to maybe not quite be convinced because of their youth and everything else, so it gives Daniel the platform to go and show everybody what he has in his locker.

"He has attributes in abundance and I'm very excited to see him in a Bolton shirt," he added.

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Sturridge to cost Chelsea 3.5m
14 Jan 10 |  Chelsea
Chelsea sign Man City's Sturridge
03 Jul 09 |  Chelsea

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