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Stuart Holden to trial with Burnley Bolton?

Posted on 01 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Stuart Holden, in one of his USMNT appearances

Houston Dynamo midfielder Stuart Holden is apparently close to a trial with Bolton Wanderers after a previously-reported deal with Burnley fell through. Holden was due to start training with Burnley shortly after new year’s, but was put in limbo by the move of its head coach Owen Coyle to Bolton. Mirror Football now reports Coyle’s new employer is close to a similar loan deal with Holden.

The move to the English Premiership is partly intended to buy more time for contract negotiations with the Dynamo, according to the report by My Fox Houston. The 24-year old U.S. international’s contract with Major League Soccer expired yesterday, Dec. 31.

During his trial Holden will be able to play for its reserves team. The length of the trial has not been disclosed. Holden was born in Scotland and has a U.K. passport, which removes the bureaucratic headache of having to procure working papers.

Holden has been subject of transfer rumors for some time. In November, reports linked him to Scottish Premier League clubs Rangers and Aberdeen, among others. Burnley is also said to be interested in Holden’s Dynamo teammate Ricardo Clark.

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