Owen Coyle wants to re-sign Jack Wilshere on loan from Arsenal next season. The Trotters’ boss approached Arsene Wenger earlier this week in a bid to secure the young attacking midfielder’s services for another year but looks as if he will be held to ransom by the Londoners – who are keen on bringing Gary Cahill to the Emirates.
Centre back Cahill is being chased by a host of big clubs including Manchester United and Liverpool but Coyle is stubbornly insisting that he will not form part of any package to bring in Wilshere. With little in the way of a transfer kitty at the Reebok, I expect Coyle to surrender to financial commonsense as the 24-year-old could net Bolton up to £15m.
Coyle has also accepted that more goals are required at the Reebok if Wanderers are to break into the top half of the Premiership next season – tell us something we don’t know. With skipper Kevin Davies finishing the club’s top scorer for the last two seasons with tallies of just 12 and nine, I can’t help but feel that he’s stating the bleeding obvious with this one.
Anyhow, a move for Portsmouth’s on-loan Lens striker Aruna Dindane is looking rather unlikely so Coyle might well opt to raid his former club Burnley and sign Scotland striker Steven Fletcher. He will have to move quickly, however, as Wolves have reportedly already offered £7m for the player who the Clarets will want to cash in on following their relegation to the Championship.
Elsewhere, Bolton denied rumours this week they would make a bid for Jimmy Bullard who Hull are desperate to offload as they try and dodge administration.