Andy Kellett: Manchester United sign Bolton defender on loan in transfer deadline day swoop

The 21-year-old wasn't exactly the calibre of player fans had been hoping for

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Manchester United managed to sign a defender last night - but rather than one of the world stars the club had been linked with throughout the window - it was 21-year-old Andy Kellett from Bolton.

United had been expected to make a move for a defender during the January window having leaked too many goals this term. Among those rumoured to be on their way to Old Trafford were Mats Hummels, Raphael Varane and Nathaniel Clyne. But it was someone with a slightly lower profile.

Kellett joins on loan until the end of the season with Reds defender Saidy Janko going in the opposite direction on the same terms.

Kellett is a product of Bolton's academy and earlier this season went on a three-month loan to Plymouth Argyle. He managed to get 15 games under his belt at the League Two side and score one goal.

He's also made four senior appearances for Bolton.


It's understood that whilst Bolton have snapped up Janko with their first team in mind, Manchester United only see Kellett as filling the void in their Under-21 team and is unlikely to be in Louis van Gaal's plans for the senior squad.