Report: Bolton Wanderers challenge Championship rivals for La Liga hit-man Kenan Kodro

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson

Bolton Wanderers and Fulham are reportedly in the market for new forward options and it appears that Osasuna's Kenan Kodro is on their radar.


If Fulham and Bolton Wanderers want to achieve their ambitions in the Championship next season, most likely promotion and survival respectively, a reliable goals-corer would not go amiss.

Whether Osasuna forward Kenan Kodro is the man for the job, however, is another matter entirely. The Daily Mail claims that the 23-year-old, who could be available for as little as £1.5 million after Osasuna’s La Liga relegation, is a surprise target for both Fulham and Bolton this summer.

The Spanish top flight has certainly provided England’s second tier with a mixed bag of forwards in recent seasons. For every Tomer Hemed, helping Brighton to promotion, there’s an Oriol Riera, tallying one goal in 13 games for Wigan Athletic.

Brighton's Tomer Hemed scores their second goal from the penalty spotBrighton's Tomer Hemed

Therefore, it is impossible to tell for sure which side of the fence Kodro would fall. However, it is a testament to the Bosnian’s impressive performances in Spain that he emerged from Osasuna’s dismal season with his reputation enhanced.

The versatile forward netted seven goals in just 17 starts for the side with the second worst scoring record in La Liga last season. Furthermore, at 6ft 3ins, he is a useful aerial threat who could adapt to the physical rigours of the English game.

New Kod on the block

Bolton could certainly do with a new centre forward. No player in Phil Parkinson’s squad hit double figures last season despite The Trotters earning automatic promotion from League One.

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson

And it’s uncertain whether Adam Le Fondre, who helped fire them to second place after joining on loan from Cardiff City in January, will return to the Macron.

And while Fulham may have scored for fun last season, Chris Martin’s return to Derby County means they are a striker short.

Kodro is certainly a risk but, at £1.5 million, may be one worth taking.

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