Are Bolton about to pull off the surprise of the transfer window?

Bolton Wanderers forward Zach Clough has been linked with a host of clubs including Everton, Swansea City, Sheffield Wednesday and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Bolton Wanderers are closing in on arguably the biggest surprise of the January transfer window as just over five days of the market remains and Zach Clough still has not moved on.

The Trotters entered the New Year facing deep financial difficulties. Players had not been paid for a while, the club sat bottom of the Championship and departures were on the cards.

Clough is undoubtedly the club’s prized asset, and he was dubbed the most likely to leave considering his current ability, potential and huge interest in his services.

Bristol City made a bid for the player, according to the Bristol Post, while the same publication also credited Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday with a keen interest.

The 20-year-old forward has netted three Championship goals this season, and although not particularly prolific, his average of 2.6 shots and one key pass per match shows his impact in the final third.

The Owls and Wolves have both been after new strikers this month, yet for one reason or another a potential move for Clough has yet to materialise.

A recent article published by HITC illustrated the betting patterns with regards to the forward’s potential destination, and Premier League sides Everton and Swansea City headed the list.

The Swans are the most recent to be linked with making a move – the Daily Mail claiming Bolton duo Clough and Josh Vela are both on the club’s wish-list before the window shuts.

But rather remarkably, and for the first time this month, the most likely destination for Clough to be playing his football come 4 February is at the Macron Stadium.

Sky Bet’s odds on the forward moving to Swansea stand at 11/4, but the bookmakers’ price of him now remaining at Bolton beyond the transfer window stands at 4/7.

Considering where the Lancashire club were ahead of the January window, Clough staying would mark a significant achievement and be arguably the biggest surprise of the month.

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