As reported and confirmed by BBC Sport, Bolton Wanderers have brought in former Schalke forward Chinedu Obasi on a short-term deal.
26-cap Nigeria international Obasi, who won an Olympic silver medal at the Beijing 2008 games, joins the Championship strugglers after being released by Swedish side AIK Solna at the turn of the year.
He only played the one game for AIK in their current campaign, featuring for 67 minutes and scoring in a 3rd round Europa League tie at home to Portuguese top-tier side Braga. Obasi signed for AIK from Chinese side Shenzhen FC on the last day of July 2017’s summer transfer window.
His signing then was actually a return to the Swedish club and the Allsvenskan for the dual Nigerian/German with him having left AIK for Shenzhen FC on a free transfer on the 31 January 2017, the last day of the winter transfer window. In all his spells at AIK Solna, Obasi has featured in 20 games, scoring 12 goals and providing five assists.
Obasi started out his career in his native Nigeria with junior club River Lane Enugu in 1997, before moving up through the age groups at Enugu Rangers and onwards from their Under-19s to Nigerian side JC Raiders Jos in a July 2004 free transfer.
Less than a year later, in March 2005, he was in European football with Norwegian side FK Lyn signing him. He stayed with Lyn for two seasons, featuring in 31 games (14 goals/four assists) before a big-money, £4.5 million move to TSG Hoffenheim and the German Bundesliga competition.
He played 102 games for Hoffenheim (27 goals/16 assists) before a £3.6 million move to Schalke in 2012 after a successful loan spell. He didn’t hit the heights for the German side, scoring just five goals and providing five assists in 51 appearances.
Obasi becomes the second free agent player to join the Trotters after former Sunderland defender Jan Kirchhoff signed on at the Macron Stadium.