Anderson: Transfer Targets Turned Down Bolton Moves

  • February 01, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Ken Anderson has revealed 'several' players turned down deadline day moves to Bolton, instead deciding to remain at their existing clubs.

Wanderers made just one signing in the January transfer window, having secured the services of Everton starlet Callum Connolly on loan until the end of the season.

A late move for Ched Evans was also agreed with Sheffield United, only for Fleetwood Town, his current loan club, to block the arrangement in the final minutes of the window by refusing to sign paperwork which could have cut short his stay at Highbury Stadium.

In his latest column notes, posted at bwfc.co.uk, the Trotters chairman admitted he has been left frustrated by events of the past 24 hours, but retains full confidence that Phil Parkinson can guide the club to Championship safety between now and May.

"Overall, it was somewhat of a frustrating deadline day for all concerned at club as we had put in proposals at clubs for several players," Anderson said.

"Although those clubs had sanctioned the moves, the players concerned opted to stay at their clubs and fight for their places, which is completely understandable. They had also turned down interest from other Championship clubs.

"It was well documented that we were also interested in Sheffield United striker Ched Evans. Indeed, we were extremely close in bringing Ched to the University of Bolton Stadium for the rest of the season and he wanted to play for us. However, Fleetwood Town, where he was currently on loan, weren't keen on losing his services and we were unable to get the deal over the line, which was disappointing to say the least.

"Although we made it patently clear that none of our players were available for transfer, we received a number of offers which were flatly refused.

"I noted a rumour which suggested that Mark Little was a player we were looking to move on. I can categorically state that we had not received an offer for Mark and nor did we want him to leave.

"Whilst we tried to make further additions to the squad throughout January it wasn't for the lack of trying and the manager, like myself, is confident that the players we have in the squad are capable of maintaining our status in the Sky Bet Championship."

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