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Holden's Bolton trial underway

Posted on 13 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Holden at MLS All Star practice ©Julie Harper

Stuart Holden has followed Owen Coyle from Burnley to Bolton Wanderers. The 24-year old Houston Dynamo and U.S. national team midfielder arrived in the U.K. shortly after new year’s for a trial with Burnley. “He trained with the Clarets ahead of their FA Cup game against MK Dons but chose not to stay with the Turf Moor club after it became clear that Coyle would be moving to the Reebok,” The Bolton News reported Jan. 13.

Holden’s first day of practice with Trotters was in all likelihood Jan. 10, judging by reports out of the U.K. and the U.S.

The news will obviously not sit well with Clarets fans, who remain without a head coach. Coyle is reportedly in pursuit of some of his former players and is apparently close to a loan deal for Manchester City’s Slovakian winger Vladimir Weiss.

Holden is still out of a contract and could be signed on a free transfer. As the holder of a U.K. passport he would not even have to deal with visa issues but could begin playing for his new club right away.

The 24-year old has been subject of transfer rumors for some time. In November, reports linked him to Scottish Premier League clubs Rangers and Aberdeen, among others. The Bolton News piece also mentioned Blackburn Rovers as a possible bidder.

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