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Ian Evatt isn’t the sort of character to let things slide. 

So when the controversial James McClean claimed he had rejected a move to Bolton in favour of League One rivals Wigan Athletic, the Wanderers boss wasted little time in setting the record straight. 

“I find it very amusing,” said the straight-talking Evatt, in quotes reported by Wigan Today.  

“If that’s the case, I think he needs to communicate with his agent because he didn’t stop ringing me for three weeks after I told him no as well. 

“We were never interested in James McClean. It was his agent trying to get him to us and whether they’ve used us to try to get a better deal out of Wigan, I don’t know.” 

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Either way, there won’t be too many Bolton fans spending their Monday afternoon day-dreaming about a 32-year-old winger.

Especially when Bolton have Dapo Afolayan, a man ten years McClean’s junior who’s taking the league by storm in his favoured left-sided role.

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Will West Ham regret letting Dapo Afolayan walk away?

It was something of a surprise to see West Ham let the academy graduate leave on a free transfer this summer. Especially after Afolayan marked his Hammers debut with a goal in the FA Cup thrashing of Doncaster Rovers as recently as January.  

Perhaps David Moyes felt, with Said Benrahma, Jarrod Bowen, Pablo Fornals and more to choose from, there was simply no room for a 23-year-old ready to leave the world of short-term loan spells and academy football behind. 

And the early signs suggest Afolayan is set to make his mark in the senior game.

A brilliant long-range goal in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Oxford United was his second in four games – a fine return for a man some are labelling Harrow’s answer to Jay Jay Okocha. 

James who?

Here’s what some Bolton fans on Twitter had to say about Afolayan’s performance:

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