Bolton May Be Priced Out of Jutkiewicz Move

  • April 21, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman has raised doubts over Bolton's ability to sign Lukas Jutkiewicz on a permanent transfer from Middlesbrough in the summer.

Jutkiewicz was an unpopular signing when he joined Wanderers on loan from Middlesbrough in January but didn't take long to win over his doubters, going on to score six goals in 17 games so far for the Trotters.

In March, he admitted he would be happy to discuss a permanent move to the Reebok Stadium but Freedman says the club will have to be realistic when it comes to Boro's demands - as they look to recoup the £1.3million they paid Coventry City in 2012.

"Of course we'd all like to see good players come to the football club, but I can't say whether that's going to be him," Freedman told The Bolton News.

"I can say we won't be signing ready-made stars for the money we used to spend. I want to buy players with potential.

"Even if it's not Jutkiewicz, hopefully the fans can see my recruitment record - players who haven't been discovered yet, or who have gone through bad patches.

"I can still assure the fans that we'll be getting players of that type. I feel confident that I can get these players to the same levels.

"You can ask me a hundred times if we'd like to sign him - but the question should be do they want to sell? Middlesbrough will probably say 'no' now. I can't go anywhere with that.

"I have got to go through a lot of questions before I can put my hand on my heart and say to the fans 'yes, we'll be doing this'.

"When you loan them up, it's an agreement. I've said before, I'm fed up of getting players fit, ready, scoring goals and then you shake their hand and they go back and there's no asset there.

"It's disappointing but at the time Lukas came in David Ngog had been sold and we used that money to get three or four players in, who certainly contributed more than David did in my time here.

"After all that frustration with Craig Dawson last season, the loans have really helped us this year - you've seen (Liam) Feeney and then (Kevin) McNaughton do well. They get new contracts or other moves and we have to start all over again.

"That's why I'm looking to get things done on a permanent deal now."

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