Bolton bracing themselves for interest in Lee Chung-yong

Bolton Wanderers have been unable to tie Lee Chung-yong to fresh terms and acknowledge that they have been left exposed to offers from afar.

Lee Chung-yong is currently away on Asian Cup duty and will have left the issue of his future in the hands of others.

The South Korea international has shown in the past that is a player of Premier League quality when on top of his game, with Bolton Wanderers having acquired his services during their last stint in the top-flight.

Injury struggles have seen him slip off the radar slightly since then, but an expiring contract at the Macron Stadium and a return to form in the Championship has thrust him back under the spotlight.

The Trotters acknowledge that they may have seen the last of the 26-year-old winger, with no extension agreed to a deal which will run out at the end of the season.

Neil Lennon is aware that he has been left exposed to offers from afar, with Bolton reluctant to risk losing a saleable asset for nothing in the summer.

He told the Bolton News: “No doubt about it, this will be a long month. And we have to accept we may lose him permanently, we don’t know. But we need to make reservations and make sure we do not leave ourselves short.”

Lee’s situation has been noted by top-flight suitors, with the Sunderland Echo reporting that Gus Poyet is keeping a close eye on events.

It is easy to see why, with the Opta statistics below showing how consistent he has been as a creative force this season.

  Goal AssistTotal Att AssistGoalsAccurate CrossTotal ContestAccurate PassTouchesAppearancesMins Played
Lee Chung-yong 3 35 3 8 44 728 1,275 23 1,987

Bolton will be disappointed to see Lee leave if he does move on after five-and-a-half years.

Lennon, though, is right to have contingency plans in place and will be expected to move quickly if he is forced into the January transfer market for cover on the flanks.

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