Leeds United goalkeeper leaves for Bolton

Andy Lonergan.
Andy Lonergan.

BOLTON Wanderers have signed Leeds United goalkeeper Andy Lonergan for a fee believed to be about £250,000.

With Leeds signing Paddy Kenny last week they have been open to offers for their first choice keeper from last season and Bolton boss Owen Coyle followed up his early summer interest in the player with an official bid.

Ipswich and Sheffield Wednesday were also interested, but Preston-born Lonergan underwent a medical at Bolton last night.

Money from the sale of Lonergan is expected to be used straight away with Leeds boss Neil Warnock keen to push through a deal for SK Brann midfielder Rodolph Austin.

United ‘s initial bid of about £200,000 was turned down, but the Jamaican international has declared his ambition to join to Leeds.

Speaking after scoring in Sunday’s 6-2 win against Odd Grenland, Austin said: “I am 27 years now, and I think the timing is right. But it is between the clubs. If I can go to Leeds, that’s something I would like.

“I don’t know if this was my last game here, but if it was, then it was a perfect way to finish.”