Lack of funds could scupper Bolton's move for Celtic's Kris Commons

Bolton Wanderers hoped the Neil Lennon factor would work in their favour as they pursued Celtic's Kris Commons, but the door may have opened for others.

Ronny Deila says no key men will be allowed to leave Celtic in January.

You would imagine that Player of the Year Kris Commons falls into that category, but he has found himself on the fringes of the fold at times this season.

He is also in the process of running down a contract which is due to expire at the end of the current campaign.

Celtic’s apparent reluctance to bring an end to the exit rumours has led a number of sides in England to express an interest in the Scotland international.

Bolton Wanderers have been among those leading the chase, with former Parkhead boss Neil Lennon looking to be reunited with Commons in the Championship.

The Trotters are working to a tight budget, though, and may struggle to put a deal in place if clubs such as Premier League outfit Leicester City step up their pursuit of the talented playmaker.

Lennon told the Bolton News on his transfer plans: “The situation right now is that we haven’t got any money to spend, only what we generate from selling players. At the minute there hasn’t been any real interest. I haven’t really had a phone call about any of the players but I’m sure that will change.

“I think it will be a busy few days. If clubs don’t want to let their players out we’ll have to be as persuasive as we can, I suppose. That’s the area we find ourselves in.

“We have to be clever with Bosmans, loans, then if we get a bit of money in we can try and use it wisely. I’d definitely rather players come in than go out, put it that way. We do look a little bit light at the moment in certain areas of the squad.”

While reluctant to sanction sales, Lennon may have to if he is to free up funds for Commons.

Mixing it with top-flight suitors will be difficult enough and he will have to strike early in order to see off competition from afar.

Bolton would appear to hold a trump card in the presence of their highly-rated boss, but that will count for little if they leave the door open for others to make a move.

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