With the summer transfer window opening in just a few weeks, Bolton Wanderers will be hoping to get their business done early as manager Phil Parkinson aims to mould a squad capable of surviving life back in the Championship.
However, with a transfer embargo still hanging over the cash-strapped club’s head, that is easier said than done.
Although chairman Ken Anderson has told the Bolton News that he’s hopeful the issue will be resolved sooner rather than later. The outcome of a winding-up hearing on Monday should make clear whether Bolton will be able to use the transfer market freely for the first time in two years.
On a similarly positive note, the Bolton News adds that Wanderers are due a substantial windfall from Nottingham Forest after £3 million January signing Zach Clough helped secure their Championship survival.
Therefore, the Lancashire giants can harbour hope that they will be able to actually pay transfer fees this summer after relying on loans and free-agents 12 months ago.
And this should provide a major boost to Bolton’s hopes of beating Championship opposition to the signature of Walsall talisman Erhun Oztumer this summer.
Erhun Oztumer at former club Peterborough United
HITC sources told us that Bolton were challenging Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United and Bristol City for the 5ft 3ins playmaker after he netted 15 largely spectacular goals in League One last season.
The so-called ‘Turkish Messi’ has a contract at Walsall until 2018, according to Transfermarkt, and Bolton would therefore have to put their hands in their pocket to convince the Midlands club to let him leave.
And, ironically, the deal that took Clough to Forest could help Bolton beat them to his potential replacement.