Candela to join Udinese

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Bolton Wanderers defender Vincent Candela has reportedly agreed a deal to join Udinese.

Candela linked up with The Trotters in January from Roma and made 12 appearances for Sam Allardyce's men.

He was offered a contract to stay at The Reebok Stadium to help the club on their European debut in next season's Uefa Cup.

But reports in Italy have announced that the 31-year-old has reached an accord to join Udinese for their UEFA Champions League challenge next term.

The former France international is understood to have accepted a 12-month deal from Udinese and has shunned the chance to stay in The Premiership.

Meanwhile, Udinese are still at loggerheads with coach Luciano Spalletti, who tendered his resignation earlier in the week.

Spalletti wants to quit the club, despite having a year remaining on his contract, but the Serie A outfit admit no deal has been struck.

Udinese general director Pietro Leonardi said: "We haven't found the agreement with Spalletti and so the contract is valid again."

The coach has been linked with the vacant position at Roma, while Udinese currently want Spalletti to pay up on the remainder of his contract.