Bolton are set to complete the signing of attacking midfielder Erhun Oztumer, according to Sky Sports.

The 27-year-old midfielder is poised to become Phil Parkinson’s second signing of the summer after turning down an extended deal with League One side Walsall.

According to The Bolton News, Oztumer has attracted plenty of attention since rejecting a contract at Walsall with clubs such as Preston North End, Blackburn, Sunderland and Bradford all linked with him over the past few weeks.

But it is understood Bolton have seen off this competition to sign the talented playmaker, this will be an outstanding piece of business for the club.

Sky Sports believe that Oztumer will undergo a medical on Tuesday and sign a two-year deal with an option of a further year.

Although, he is 5ft 3ins and is the shortest player in the EFL, he his quality ability on the ball and pin point set pieces that has earned him the name ‘Turkish Messi’ from the Walsall supporters.

The midfielder has been in the PFA League One team of the year for the last two seasons, he has netted 32 goals in 95 games for the Saddlers in all competitions.

Oztumer started his career in London at Charlton, but was released at the age of 16 and spent three years playing in Turkey, featuring for Sivasspor and Anadolu Bagcilar.

He returned to England in 2012, joining non-league Dulwich Hamlet, where he went on to impressively score 60 goals in 96 appearances before being picked up by Peterborough and then sold to Walsall.

Bolton boss Phil Parkinson has been keen to bolster his attacking options after maintaining the club’s Sky Bet Championship status on the final day of last season.


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