Dutch Defender A Target?

Last updated : 17 May 2004 By Mark Heys
Michael Reiziger
Bolton Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce is said to have earmarked Barcelona full back Michael Reiziger as his next big name signing after it was revealed that the Dutch international is to leave the Nou Camp this summer.

Reiziger 31, is set to end his seven year association with the Spanish club after they signed Villarreal fullback Julian Bellitti and there is sure to be much interest in the former Ajax player with Manchester City in particular having shown a long term interest in the player.

Allardyce has a reputation for bringing in big name stars who have fallen out of favour with their clubs and has successfully lured the likes of Youri Djorkaeff, Jay-Jay Okocha and Ivan Campo to the Reebok Stadium in previous seasons.
World Cup winners Rivaldo and Bixente Lizarazu have been strongly tipped to join the club in time for next season and the potential recruitment of Reiziger would further enhance Bolton's growing reputation across Europe.