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Bolton boss bullish over takeover deal

Neil Lennon is in optimistic mood. Credit: PA

There may be light at the end of the tunnel for Bolton's bleak financial situation, with the Sky Bet Championship club hopeful a takeover can be announced next week.

Wanderers' state was termed "increasingly perilous" by advisor Trevor Birch on Tuesday after it was revealed Neil Lennon's squad had yet to receive their wages for the month of November.

And despite fears of administration looming at the Macron Stadium, Lennon was able to provide a positive update on the crisis on Thursday morning.

I've spoken to Trevor and a few board members this morning and there seems to be some green shoots of recovery now.

There has been three, maybe four interested parties, and I think it's a case of first past the post really. Obviously there are a lot of guarantees to be made, a lot of negotiations to go on, but it's looking healthier than it was two or three days ago.

Trevor's a lot more confident now that something will get resolved. People are talking to solicitors, it's basically a question of who can come up with the money first. He seems pretty happy that something will get over the line.

The board, Trevor, are hoping to get new investors in and, hopefully, an announcement (will be) made sometime next week. That will, hopefully, ease the alarm of everyone around the place.

– Neil Lennon

Bolton in perilous financial position - Birch

Championship side Bolton are in an "increasingly perilous" financial situation according to advisor Trevor Birch.

The club failed to pay their first-team for November, it was confirmed on Monday, as owner Eddie Davies attempts to sell the Trotters.

Any hope of an imminent sale appears unlikely after Birch, hired to facilitate a takeover, confirmed none of those interested in purchasing Bolton were close to taking control from Davies, who is prepared to wipe out £185million of debt owed to him.

Trevor Birch is trying to sell the club. Credit: PA

We spoke to the players today and they remain upbeat and committed to doing all they can to help the club through this difficult time.

We're continuing to negotiate with interested parties but unfortunately no one party has demonstrated all the requisite elements needed to conclude a deal yet. The club's position is increasingly perilous and new investment is needed quickly.

We'd like to thank the fans for their continued support and all of the behind-the-scenes staff for their continued hard work in difficult circumstances.

– Trevor Birch


Man City sign midfielder then loan him to Bolton

Luke Brattan has joined Manchester City. Credit: PA

Manchester City having completed the signing of Luke Brattan on a free transfer and then immediately loaned him out to Championship side Bolton Wanderers.

The Hull-born player has spent the last five seasons playing for A-League side Brisbane Roar but left at the end of his contract.

Brattan will stay with Bolton until the start of January.


Liverpool confirm goalkeeper signing

Adam Bogdan is moving on up. Credit: PA

Liverpool have completed the signing of goalkeeper Adam Bogdan from Bolton, the club have announced.

The Hungary international will officially join the Anfield outfit on July 1 when his deal with Bolton expires.

Bogdan becomes the third player to agree terms with Liverpool after Danny Ings and James Milner.

Man United signing Valdes was final straw - keeper

Ben Amos is set to leave. Credit: PA

Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Amos admits the signing of Victor Valdes ended his career at Old Trafford.

The 24-year-old will spend a further month on loan at Bolton and expects to leave United permanently in the summer.

You could say Victor Valdes' arrival was the final nail in the coffin.

Pre-season, I was told I was number two. With the cup games, if I'd got a sniff of that, that would have made it worthwhile sticking around for.

As soon as Victor was brought in, I was essentially demoted to fourth really - you've got to move on.

– Ben Amos

Clough goal enough for Bolton against Brighton

Zach Clough is a man in-form. Credit: PA

Zach Clough ensured Bolton returned to winning ways in the Sky Bet Championship with his sixth goal of the season as they defeated Brighton 1-0.

The 19-year-old striker only made his senior debut against Wigan in the FA Cup at the start of January and in those two months Clough has become Wanderers leading scorer, overshadowing the exploits of big name signings Emile Heskey and Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Bolton's win and Brighton's first defeat in five games lifted the Lancastrians up to 17th in the table and above their Sussex visitors.

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