Bolton Wanderers reportedly eye Pape Souare deal; Raising doubts over Jonathan Grounds' future

Bolton Wanderers' Jonathan Grounds during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Bolton Wanderers at Portman Road on September 22, 2018 in Ipswich, England.

Bolton Wanderers signed Jonathan Grounds on loan from Birmingham City.

Crystal Palace's Pape N'Diaye Souare

According to The Sun on Sunday (print edition, page 63, January 06 2019), Bolton Wanderers are eyeing a loan deal for Crystal Palace man Pape Souare on loan for the rest of the season.

The report claims the Trotters have already made an approach for the Palace left-back, placing doubts over the future of on-loan Birmingham City man Jonathan Grounds who is currently back-up at left-back.

A report in the Birmingham Mail claims Aston Villa and Bolton were keen on Souare in the summer, but Bolton instead opted to bring in Jonathan Grounds on loan to compete with Andrew Taylor.

 

Taylor’s injury earlier in the campaign offered Grounds the chance to establish himself in the first-team, but a string of disappointing performances saw him dropped from first-team duties for over two months.

Grounds has made nine Championship starts with Bolton, and amazingly they’ve only picked up one win in those nine games and scored a painfully low four goals. His last start came in the 6-0 defeat at Hull City.

Bolton Wanderers' Jonathan Grounds during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Bolton Wanderers at Portman Road on September 22, 2018 in Ipswich, England.

With Bolton reportedly revitalising their interest in Souare, it would suggest that Grounds hasn’t done enough to convince manager Phil Parkinson and his future at the club is now in question.

The 30-year-old signed a season-long loan deal at Bolton, but his Birmingham contract doesn’t expire until 2020. Souare’s arrival could leave him in limbo, with neither club seeing Grounds as a long-term option.

Bolton Wanderers' Jonathan Grounds and Blackburn Rovers' Danny Graham during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers at Macron Stadium on October 6,...

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