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Julio Baptista set to make sensational return to English football

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During their Premier League days, a number of legends saw Bolton Wanderers as the perfect club to spend their final few years of their career.

The likes of Ivan Campo, Jay-Jay Okocha, Youri Djorkaeff and Fernando Hierro all spent time at the Reebok Stadium at the end of an illustrious career.

And it seems there’s another veteran that is ready to follow in their footsteps and join the Trotters - despite them being in the Championship.

That man? Julio Baptista.

The Brazilian - capped 47 times for his country - has played for the likes of Sevilla, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Roma during an interesting career.

And now, according to The Sun, he is set to sign for Bolton - who are currently bottom of the Championship.

According to the report, Baptista has arrived at the club hotel after weeks of negotiations with chairman Ken Anderson.

While Bolton are currently under a transfer embargo, they hope to get the green light from the Football League to sign the free agent.

Twitter reacts

And here is how Twitter is reacting to the news:

Baptista looking for a new challenge

Last month, the 35-year-old told Sky Sports that he was looking for a new club after being released from MLS side Orlando City last November.

“I’m not finished yet,” he said.

“My agent is looking for a team so I can keep playing a little bit longer.

“Let’s see what happens. Maybe it will be Spain.

“Maybe it will be China. We will have to wait and see.”

What about Bolton?

Baptista will just be hoping to have a more successful spell than his loan stint at Arsenal. He scored just three goals in 24 league matches in north London before returning to Madrid.

However, he did once score four goals - and missed a penalty - against Liverpool at Anfield in a League Cup match during a tie they won 6-3.

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