LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Matt Mills of Reading celebrates with Zurab Khizanishvili after the FA Cup 5th round match sponsored by E.on between Everton and Reading at Goodison Park on March 1, 2011 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Transfer season is just about in full swing and it looks like Bolton are doing a bit more (rightly so) than dipping their feet in the pool. They're diving right in. Reports today say that Bolton Wanderers are looking to bolster their center back options as Zat Knight looks to be on the way out, leaving Tim Ream as the only fit central defender. The Trotters have supposedly bid £1.5 million for Leicester City's 6-foot-3 central defender, Matt Mills. The two teams are still a little ways off on the price as Mills is rated at about £3 million.
Despite being only 25 years old, Mills has been present in the English Championship for nine years now. Born in Leicester, he started his youth career off with Southampton before signing a professional contract with them from 2003 to 2006, making only 4 appearances for the Saints. Mills spent time on loan at Coventry City and Bournemouth, combining for 16 appearances and 3 goals in that time.
He then made a move to Manchester City where he stayed for two years, appearing only twice for them. Again, he was sent out on loan, this time to Colchester United and Doncaster Rovers from 2007 to 2008. He made 46 appearances for those two clubs and added another 3 goals to his career tally. Mills then signed a deal with Doncaster and stayed there for a season.
From 2009 to 2011, Matt Mills was a staple of the Championship Reading side that reached the quarter final of the FA Cup and the semi-final of the Championship playoff. Reading lost the FA Cup match 1-0 to Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium and the Championship playoff match 4-2 to Swansea who ended up with promotion.
Mills moved to Leicester City at the start of the 2011-2012 season after he was purchased from Reading. There, he was re-united with former Manchester City manger Sven-Göran Eriksson (ahh well).
And of course, the obligatory YouTube highlight reel: