Bolton Wanderers have confirmed the transfer of midfielder Jay Spearing from Liverpool. A note on the Championship club's website has the details:
"Jay Spearing is set to undergo a medical this afternoon after Bolton Wanderers and Liverpool agreed a deal for his transfer. Spearing spent the most recent campaign on loan with Bolton and Dougie Freedman now looks set to add the midfielder to his squad on a permanent basis."
The 24-year-old made 36 starts in the Championship last year, scoring twice and creating five goals. Bolton finished the campaign seventh with 68 points; they missed a play-off promotion spot on goal difference. Freedman's men began the 2013/14 season with a 1-1 draw away to Burnley.
Spearing graduated from the Anfield youth system but despite a total of 25 Premier League starts over the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons failed to make his mark. His time at the Reebok Stadium was more fruitful - he was named the Wanderers' and fans' Player of the Season.
The midfielder earlier revealed he spoke to Reds boss Brendan Rodgers about his future but was left unconvinced about his role in the team. And a move to Bolton was always on the card, particularly after Freedman confessed his admiration for the player early in August.
"Jay is a fantastic player, our player of the season, and available. We'll try our very best to make it happen. We've got Financial Fair Play and I've got a responsibility to this football club," he told the BBC.
The Liverpool Echo claims the Reds have received £1.75m for the sale of their player.