It has to be said, Bolton’s transfer targets do not always make headline news, and rumours that they have joined the hunt for Celta Vigo’s little-known midfielder, Roberto Trashorras, would not necessarily raise too many eyebrows (in England, at least).
However, there are two important factors which do, in fact, make this one quite interesting: not only is the player in question a product of the Barcelona youth system, but in pursuing him Bolton are also pitting themselves against Athletico Madrid, one of Spain and Europe’s big boys.
The Spanish media have been covering Athletico’s interest in Trashorras for a few weeks now, and Owen Coyle’s side have today been named by Fichajes.com as the hitherto mystery bidder from the Premiership set to rival the Europa League champions for the player’s signature.
The 29 year-old is valued at 2 million Euros, which would certainly not price Bolton out of a move, and competing against top clubs in the transfer market could certainly be viewed as a positive statement on Owen Coyle’s part.
Building on the core of his squad, which has so far been very impressive this season, is exactly the sort of signal the Bolton manager should be sending to his fans and the club’s rivals, particularly if they wish to fend off interest in Johan Elmander come January.
Bolton fans, remember the days of Jay-Jay Okocha, Ivan Campo and Youri Djorkaeff?
Well, Trashorras isn’t exactly in their league… but he could be the start of something good.