Former England Under-21 midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker has completed his move to Bolton Wanderers, the English Premier League club announced last night.

The 27-year-old, who began his career at Wimbledon before heading to West Ham, was a free agent since the end of last season when his contract with Aston Villa expired.

“We are delighted to have signed Nigel,” Trotters boss Owen Coyle told the club website.

“He’s got quality, drive and desire to compete at the highest level in the Premier League.”

Reo-Coker, whose form last season saw then Villa coach Gerard Houllier hand him the captain’s armband, has signed a two-year contract with Bolton.

“I spoke with the coach and he outlined his plans and how he wants the club to progress,” said Reo-Coker who was expected to play a part in Bolton’s friendly against Bury last night.

“I want to be part of that and I’m looking forward to meeting up with the lads and getting to work.”

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