Keith Andrews signs for Bolton Wanderers

BOLTON Wanderers have signed midfielder Keith Andrews on a three-year deal.

The Republic of Ireland international – who scored 11 goals at Ipswich Town during a five-month loan spell last season – joins on a free transfer following the expiry of his contract at West Brom.

Speaking about his latest recruit, manager Owen Coyle – whose side are back in the Championship following relegation from the top-flight – said: “We are pleased to have been able to bring in Keith early in the transfer window as there were a number of clubs interested in signing him.

“He is highly experienced both in domestic and international football and he will bring strength, competition and a goalscoring threat to our midfield.”

Having started last season out-of-favour at Blackburn Rovers, 31-year-old Andrews moved to West Brom following his loan spell at Portman Road. He made a total of 14 appearances for Roy Hodgson while at the Hawthorns, scoring Premier League goals against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sunderland.

The Blues are due to travel to Bolton on December 1, with the reverse fixture on March 16.