Bradley, Barkhuizen & players linked with Bolton Wanderers transfers so far this summer


Bolton Wanderers have already made two signings so far this summer and more are sought after the players have flown to Portugal for a pre-season training camp.

Wanderers finished last season in League One in ninth place and are seeking to mount a promotion push in earnest this campaign. The club had a successful January transfer window which is aiming to be built upon earlier this summer.

The players will soon return to pre-season training later on this week. They will then depart for a week-long training camp on the Algarve in Portugal, with their opening pre-season friendly away to Longridge Town on Tuesday, June 28.

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Wanderers are seeking quality over quantity this summer and not too many names have emerged in terms of speculation so far. However, the Whites have already made two signings with the capture of defender Jack Iredale from fellow League One side Cambridge United, as well as the return of James Trafford on loan from Manchester City.

Here, we take a look at the players linked with Wanderers so far this summer.

Conor Bradley

Wanderers have set their sights on Anfield youngster Bradley. The 18-year-old hails from Northern Ireland and has eight caps for his country at senior level.

The right-back has also played five times for Jurgen Klopp’s side across the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup. All of these appearances came last season.

A report from journalist Alan Nixon claims Wanderers are ‘first in the queue’ for Bradley’s services and that the potential move would appeal to his appeal to his parent club. That is owing to the close proximity for the Anfield club to monitor Bradley, as well as his chances of regular football.

The Liverpool Echo adds Jurgen Klopp’s side are considering the move after the approach from Wanderers.

Jack Tucker

The 22-year-old is poised to join MK Dons this summer. The defender is out of contract at the Gills, who have been relegated to League Two.

The Priestfield side is due compensation for the player, due to Tucker being under the age of 24. The Kent side says the two clubs remain in dialogue over this figure, which will go to a tribunal if an agreement can not be reached.

According to reporter Alan Nixon on his Patreon account, Reading had tried to sign the defender, while Charlton Athletic also attempted to sign the player, while Wanderers too were also among interested parties. However, the Dons have won the race for Tucker and he will join at the start of July.

James Trafford

The 19-year-old joined Wanderers from Manchester City in the January transfer window, after a loan spell at Accrington Stanley came to an end. He proved to be a hit at Ian Evatt’s side, as he became the club’s number one goalkeeper in the second half of the campaign in place of Joel Dixon.

He played 22 times for the Whites and kept clean sheets in his first four games, setting a club record in the process. He also notched two assists in League One.

Talks have been taking place between Pep Guardiola’s side and the Whites over a potential return. Trafford has previously said he will leave it to City to decide where the best place to play his football will be next season.

Trafford has since rejoined Wanderers on loan for the whole of the upcoming season to become the second signing of the summer.


Marlon Fossey

The wing-back spent part of the second half of the season on loan at Wanderers from new Premier League side Fulham. Fossey played 16 times and scored once after moving to the club at the start of January.

His loan at the Whites was cut short due to injury following a torn meniscus. He returned to his parent club to recover for the remainder of the campaign.

Like Trafford, Fossey has a year left on his deal at Craven Cottage. Wanderers and Evatt have made no secret of the fact that would like to sign the wing-back this summer.

Championship side Preston North End have been mentioned as a potential rival to Wanderers for Fossey’s services. However, LancsLive reports that although PNE has been put to the player as a potential option, there has been no interest expressed on North End’s part as of yet.

However, it now appears that Wanderers’ pursuit of Fossey has now been drawn to a close owing to Championship interest in the defender.

Conor Carty

The young Wolves forward is 20-years-old and is seeking a new club after leaving the youth team set-up at the Premier League outfit. He did not pick up a first team appearance while there.

Carty is capped at international level for the Republic of Ireland up to under-18 level. He was among one of eight players released by the Molineux side this summer.

Journalist Alan Nixon had reported on his Patreon page that Carty is poised to move to Wanderers. That has since been confirmed for the club’s B team along with Connor Stanley and Matty Grivosti.

Tom Barkhuizen

An experienced player who has departed Preston North End and has become a free agent. Tom Barkhuizen’s contract expires at the club this summer.

Ryan Lowe has opted to release the attacker, who can operate across the front three. He is now a free agent and can move on to pastures new without a transfer fee.

The 28-year-old attacker racked up more than 200 appearances for North End, scoring 38 goals during his time at the club. He joined from Morecambe in 2015 and came through the youth team ranks at Evatt’s former side Blackpool.

According to journalist Alan Nixon, Wanderers are one of three clubs seeking to make offers to Barkhuizen for his services. Newly promoted Championship side Rotherham United and relegated Derby County, who will be in League One alongside Bolton new season, are the other two.

Jack Iredale

The defender became a free agent this summer after his departure from Cambridge United, where he had been since 2020. It was reported while the season was still ongoing that Iredale had attracted the attentions of Wanderers, as well as Preston North End and Wigan Athletic.

And Iredale subsequently put pen to a paper on a three-year-deal at the University of Bolton Stadium in early May. Iredale became Bolton’s first signing of the summer little over a week after their season drew to a close.




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