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Morecambe make Bolton midfielder deadline day loan signing

Morecambe have signed Bolton Wanderers midfielder Nelson Khumbeni on loan until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old, who joins on transfer deadline day, began his career with Norwich City at U9 level before progressing through the ranks and signing a professional deal in 2021.

68 appearances later, in a variety of competitions including the U18s Premier League, Premier League 2 and the FA Youth Cup, the defensive midfielder made the move north to Bolton Wanderers in 2022 where he made his debut in a Carabao Cup victory over Salford City.

Fast forward to the current campaign, a first senior goal came as Wanderers overcame Manchester United U21s by eight goals to one in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy.

A few short weeks later, Khumbeni secured a loan move to National League side AFC Fylde where he made nine appearances in all competitions.

Speaking on his arrival at the Mazuma Mobile Stadium, he said: "I'm delighted! When I heard about the move, I just thought straight away 'jump at it!'.

"I came in and [the Gaffer] spoke with me about how he wants me to play, and how my attributes and how I am as a player can benefit the team.

"I like to say I'm more of a defensive midfielder, but I would do whatever the manager wanted me to do in order to help the team in any way, shape, or form."

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