January dealings please Coyle

Bolton boss happy with his side's activity in the transfer market

Marvin Sordell: The 20-year-old has made the move from Watford after impressing in the Championship

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Bolton manager Owen Coyle feels the club have been shrewd in the transfer market following the sale of Gary Cahill.

The centre-half joined Chelsea for a reported £7million, with two players coming into the club on a permanent basis.

The Trotters have signed 24-year-old New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream and 20-year-old Watford striker Marvin Sordell.

Ream is a United States international, having made seven appearances for his country, while Sordell has been a part of Stuart Pearce's England Under 21 outfit.

Coyle believes it has been a wise move to invest in future talent rather than signing experienced players in the transfer window.


He said: "I think we all accepted that Gary was going to go and once it was decided on the football side that it would happen, what we had to do on the business side was look to try to maximise the situation that we were in.

"In doing that, we have then reinvested that money. We have not gone and spent the money on 32 or 33-year-olds where there is very little or no resale value.

"We have tried to invest it in young players who will become assets for the football club and whose value will appreciate.

"That is opposed to a quick fix, somebody who will do you a turn for a year and then all of a sudden you are back to square one. We are not in a situation where we feel we need to be doing that.

"I always look to try to put in place a plan where you invest in youth and bring them on year by year."