Bolton are close to signing Roma defender Vincent Candela.

The 31-year-old former France international will join the Premier League side on a free transfer.

“I have been talking to the player for a couple of weeks now and I am pleased that we are nearly there to doing the deal,” said Bolton manager Sam Allardyce.

“In my discussions, I have been pleased with the lad’s commitment and his eagerness to be a top player for us. All he wants to do is play football.

“In light of what has happened to Nicky Hunt, with his injury, it might be a blessing in disguise that we can bring in a highly-experienced full-back to help with our injuries at the back.

“He has an outstanding pedigree in the game and has won honours at the highest level including the World Cup in 1998.

“He has not played regular football this year but is eager to impress in the Premiership.

“He can play in any position at the back and despite him being predominately right-footed he has played the majority of his career at left-back.”

Candela has made only seven league appearances this season for Luigi del Neri’s side.