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Abdoulaye Faye has signed a permanent contract with Bolton Wanderers.

The Senegalese international had been with The Trotters on a loan deal from French side Lens.

But it emerged on Thursday that because Faye had made ten appearances for Bolton, he had activated a clause in his contract which stated that the switch should become permanent.

Wanderers boss Sam Allardyce told the club's official website: "Abdoulaye Faye has been one of the finds in The Premiership this season.

"He joined us on loan in the summer and with his sheer determination and ability he has forced his way into the team.

"He is arguably our most consistent player of the season so far and loves the physicality of The Premiership."

Faye added: "Sam Allardyce and Bolton Wanderers have given me the opportunity to resurrect my career.

"I had a difficult time in France last season which resulted in my team [Istres] being relegated from the top flight.

"To have a chance to draw a line under the past and start again in England is a chance you don't give up. The Premiership is by far the most demanding league in the world and it really suits my style.

"To now earn a permanent contract is a dream come true and for me the challenge is to continue with my progression. I'm here for the long-haul and my ambition is to be a player the fans will continue to admire."