Defender Agrees To Switch

Last updated : 15 June 2006 By Matt Bottom

The Ivory Coast stopper, who is currently in Germany on World Cup duty, has apparentely told Bolton boss Sam Allardyce that he will sign for his side after the Elephants' World Cup campaign.

Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce is poised to move for highly-rated England under-21 midfielder Ben Watson.

The player was regarded by former Crystal Palace boss Iain Dowie, during his time at the club, as one of the best technical players he had worked with. But despite Dowie's desire to take the player to his new club Charlton, it appears unlikely that the two clubs would do business given their ongoing legal dispute over the managerial defection.

Also, in other news, former Bolton striker Eidur Gudjohnsen's imminent move to Barcelona will lead to a £500,000 cash windfall for the Trotters, while Radhi Jaidi scored a 93rd minute equalizer for Tunisia in their opening World Cup game against Saudi Arabia.

"We were disappointed," said Jaidi. "When they scored the first goal we couldn't believe they had scored and then they did it again.

"That's one of the things that frightened us into worrying we would lose the game. We knew we could not afford to lose this game."

Jaidi, 30, said: "We didn't play our best today. It was not an impressive day for us but the positive thing is that we didn't lose this game.

"We have one point and we still have a chance in the next games and the important thing is to play and to do our best.

"We watched on TV the strong and weak points of Saudi Arabia and we know that they have a weak defence and because of that we worked on it."

"It was very important to score the equaliser," said Jaidi. "That gave us the minimum result that will allow us to continue in the tournament.

"We're a little bit disappointed to concede two goals but we will keep working and doing our best in the second and third game."