Rumour Mill: January 21-22 - Review

  • January 23, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton may have been in action over the weekend but that didn't stop fresh speculation from hitting the rumour mill.

On the pitch, Wanderers ran out 3-1 winners over Liverpool on Saturday evening thanks to goals from Mark Davies, Nigel Reo-Coker and Gretar Steinsson.

One absentee from that match was Trotters goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, who has been out since the turn of the year with a troublesome thigh injury picked up against Wolverhampton Wanderers on New Year's Eve.

With Adam Bogdan deputising in goal, Bolton have lost just one of their five games and that came against Manchester United at Old Trafford last week.

Bogdan's form has prompted calls from the Wanderers faithful for him to be instated as the club's permanent first choice between the posts, especially with Jaaskelainen's contract due to expire at the end of the season.

A report in the Daily Star on Sunday suggested Wanderers are willing to offer a new deal to the former Finland international, but only if he is prepared to take a 50 per cent pay cut on his current £40,000-a-week deal at the Reebok Stadium.

Jaaskelainen has always delayed contract talks in previous years and the same looks set to happen again. Whether Bogdan takes over the goalkeeping role for Owen Coyle's side remains to be seen, but with Queens Park Rangers said to be interested in signing Jaaskelainen, it appears his 14 years with the Whites could well be coming to an end one way or another in the coming months.

In more positive news for Bolton, Tim Ream could finally complete a move from New York Red Bulls on Monday afternoon.

Wanderers are understood to have agreed a fee of around £2.5million for the defender and a hearing over a work permit for the 24-year-old will take place on Monday, where Coyle will find out if a deal can be brought to fruition.

Two new rumours emerged over the weekend, with Blackpool's Matt Phillips and Al Nasr SC's Ismael Bangoura both being linked with moves to the Reebok.

First of all, reports suggest Bolton have agreed a fee with Dubai-based club Al Nasr for Bangoura, who operates as a striker.

Bangoura is currently on international duty for Guinea at the Africa Cup of Nations, but that hasn't put Coyle off a deal. Wanderers representatives are expected to fly to Africa to hold talks with the player in the hope that an agreement can be made.

The tournament is currently taking place in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, with the final due to be played on February 12th.

Another name linked with a move to Bolton is Blackpool winger Matt Phillips.

Phillips came through the ranks at Wycombe Wanderers before moving to Bloomfield Road in the summer of 2010 for a fee of £300,000.

After spending a month on loan at Sheffield United earlier in the campaign, Phillips returned to Blackpool and has scored seven goals in 14 appearances for the Tangerines this season.

He followed up a hat-trick against Barnsley on Boxing Day with another in the FA Cup third round against Fleetwood Town earlier this month.

Wanderers boss Coyle is thought to have made initial enquiries over the availability of the 20-year-old, who may well be seen as one for the future at Premier League level.

The final rumour of the weekend suggests Bolton's move for Tottenham Hotspur outcast Giovani Dos Santos may be back on.

Reports earlier in the transfer window linked Wanderers with a move for the Mexico international, who is well down the pecking order at White Hart Lane.

An £8million price tag was placed on Dos Santos, but reports on Sunday indicate he may be available for around £5million, with Wanderers keen to strike a deal with Harry Redknapp's side in the coming days as we enter the final week of the transfer window.

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