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Iranian soccer star Andranik Teimourian joins English premier team Bolton Wanderers

London, Aug 30, IRNA-English Premiership team Bolton Wanderers has completed the signing of Iranian international Andranik Teimourian after the approval of his application for a work permit.

The 23-year old defensive midfielder was transferred from his Iranian club Abu Moslem after signing a two-year contract at Bolton's Reebok Stadium in northwest England on Tuesday night.

Teimourian will be the second Iranian international to play in England's top league after Karim Bagheri, whose spell at Charlton Athletic was plagued by injuries during the 2000-01 season.

Bolton's coach Sam Allardyce, who was a contender to take over the England team from Sven Goran Erikkson during the summer, said he was pleased to have signed the defensive midfielder, who played in all three of Iran's group games during the World Cup in Germany.

"He impressed a lot of people during the World Cup and I am delighted that we have beaten off a lot of competition to get his signature," Allardyce said.

"Andranik is a talented player and somebody who I believe will be able to adapt to the tough demands of the Barclays Premiership," he told the club's official website.

The signing, which was accomplished by winning 11 international caps, comes just two days before the transfer deadline in England at the end of August.

Bolton, one of the original founding members of the Football League, has been revived under Allardyce since winning promotion to the English Premiership in 2001 and qualifying to play for the UEFA cup in Europe last year for the first time in the club's history.

Teimourian's transfer comes just after the club's record pnd 8 million (dlr 15m) signing of French striker Nicolas Anelka from the Turkish side Fenerbahce.

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