Liverpool youth product Jay Spearing put pen to paper today on a four-year deal with Championship promotion hopefuls Bolton Wanderers.
The tidy midfielder spent last season on loan at the Reebok Stadium, greatly impressing during his 39 appearances.
Bolton boss Dougie Freedman made the signing of Spearing a top priority after the 24-year-old did enough to win the Player of the Year award at the club.
Although noted at Anfield for his undoubted ability, he never commanded a regular place in the starting line-up for the Reds, forcing him to look elsewhere for first-team football.
Blackburn showed an interest earlier in the window, but Bolton’s local rivals pulled out once it became clear Spearing’s preference for a move to Wanderers.
Spearing becomes Freedman’s ninth summer signing as the Lancashire side attempt to regain their Premier League place having suffered relegation from the top-flight in May 2012.
The ball-playing central midfield man is eligible for selection this weekend, as Bolton get ready to host Reading at the Reebok tomorrow.