Bolton Accept Bids for Eaves & Bolger

  • August 02, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton have accepted offers from Football League clubs for development squad duo Tom Eaves and Cian Bolger.

MK Dons are in pole position to sign Eaves on a permanent transfer, while Southend United are leading the chase to take Bolger to Roots Hall.

Eaves joined Wanderers from Oldham Athletic in August 2010, for an undisclosed fee which could have eventually risen as high as £1million, while Bolger moved to the Macron Stadium from Leicester City on the final day of the January 2013 transfer window for a nominal fee.

Speculation earlier this week suggested Bolger was a loan target for Southend boss Phil Brown, but a permanent deal now appears to be on the cards. The Republic of Ireland under-21 international has featured heavily during pre-season, but has failed to make a competitive first-team appearance for Dougie Freedman's side.

Eaves, meanwhile, has four senior appearances to his name, but a disappointing loan spell at Shrewsbury Town last season has put him out of Freedman's plans and a sale is most likely to be the next step in his career.

Speaking to The Bolton News about both possible exits, Freedman said: "I was astonished when I first came to the club that we had no-one out there on loan with re-sale values.

"If a young player doesn't make it, for whatever reason, I want him to go out, get a club and then also get a re-sale value for us.

"If you do your business that way, all of a sudden we'll have 15-20 boys out there who might get a move and then you can make money that way.

"I felt Cian is not going to break into the team this year. It's up to him to go and talk with them. For football reasons, I just feel it's important he goes out, gets a squad number and plays some football.

"I could send him out on loan too many times and I'm at the stage where I don't think it would do him any good.

"I'm not afraid to make decisions and I think the best thing for us is to accept the bid and then see if he wants to play week-in, week-out.

"Tom has been a little bit unlucky in that Conor Wilkinson has come right up behind him and at Conor's age, I have to give him a go.

"I can't block the system up. Tom will have a good career but he needs to get out there, play men's football, we get a re-sale value, and then Conor comes in to give it a go."

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