Dedryck Boyata joins Bolton on loan from Man City

Dedryck Boyata
Boyata made five Premier League starts for Manchester City last season

Bolton have signed central defender Dedryck Boyata from Manchester City on a season-long loan deal.

The 20-year-old Belgium international has found first-team opportunities limited at Etihad Stadium.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle said "To bring in a player of Dedryck's age and quality is something, as we have shown before, that we like to do.

"He is a tremendous addition. His versatility means that he can operate at centre-half and full-back."

Coyle added: "He has got pace and power and is a flexible and dynamic player."

Boyata has made 23 appearances in the last two seasons at City, but he is behind the likes of Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott and Stefan Savic in the pecking order.

Boyata said: "I am only 20 years old and I am still learning and want to improve. To come to Bolton Wanderers for a loan period is a great opportunity to do that.

"I'm really looking forward to working with the manager. I have seen how he got the best out of young players like Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge."

The move for Boyata comes on the same day that Bolton rejected a bid from Arsenal for central defender Gary Cahill.