Administrators select preferred bidder for Bolton Wanderers

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The joint administrators for troubled Bolton have announced they have received a suitable offer for the club.

The identity of the prospective buyer has not yet been revealed but they have proved they have significant funding available to rescue the ailing Trotters.

Joint administrators David Rubin and Partners stipulated any parties interested in the club would need to prove they had at least £25 million available.

This test was passed by the successful bidder, who then had to submit a final offer before a deadline on Wednesday.

The interested party, who meets EFL approval, also intends to inject £1million into the club for its immediate running.

They have also proved they can finance the club for a minimum of two years and can satisfy outstanding creditors.

"I am delighted we have been able to reach a more than satisfactory outcome to this stage of the process and I am confident the preferred bidder has the ability to take Bolton Wanderers forward.

Paul Appleton, David Rubin and Partners

Bolton, who were relegated from the Sky Bet Championship last season, went into administration in May after a takeover bid by former Watford chairman Laurence Bassini collapsed.

Five parties were thought to be interested in taking over the club prior to Wednesday's deadline.

With this process still ongoing, the club have revealed they have just nine members of last season's first-team squad contracted and only 14 in total, including scholars and under-23s players.

The club will start next season in League One with a 12-point deduction as a result of going into administration.