Elmander looks to new challenge

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Sweden striker Johan Elmander is looking forward to a "new challenge" following his departure from Bolton.

The club's record £8.2million signing from Toulouse three years ago joins Jlloyd Samuel, Joey O'Brien, Tamir Cohen, Sam Sheridan, Maison McGeechan and Tom Eckersley in leaving the Reebok Stadium after the expiration of their contracts.

"I have had three good years at Bolton, especially the last 18 months, but the time is right for a new challenge," Elmander, who scored 12 goals last season, told "The manager [Owen Coyle] is one of the best I have worked with and he helped me re-ignite my hunger for the game."

Elmander is expected to join Galatasaray after the Turkish club last week announced they have agreed a deal in principal for the 29-year-old.

Bolton have taken up a 12-month option on Robbie Blake, while negotiations are continuing with Ricardo Gardner and Tope Obadeyi.

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