The Andre Mortiz/Bolton Wanderers saga has gone on for what feels like absolute ages but in reality, it has only been slightly more than two weeks since the rumor first emerged and just 11 days since talks between the two parties began. While other outlets were posting unsourced articles claiming that the deal was done and that Andre Moritz was "set for" a move to Bolton, the reality was that talks had come to a standstill.
Dougie Freedman had been looking at Moritz as an attacking midfielder to fill the gap left by Mark Davies' extended injury absence in addition to the Brazilian's versatility on the wings. Chris Eagles can play in that position for Wanderers, as he did in the 1-0 loss at Carlisle United but the manager certainly is not keen to play the star winger there. Speaking to the official website post-Carlisle, Dougie discussed his dilemma:
"Chris Eagles is a fantastic footballer, if I play Chris in the number ten position I feel I am taking away his crossing qualities.
"I have to be very mindful what I can take away from Chris rather than put into him and he can play three or four different roles. Chris creates and scores goals and it is somebody I am trying to work the team around and hopefully we can keep on working and getting better."
Andre Moritz could have been a perfect fit for the Trotters in that role. The Brazilian is well known for his ability to play the killer ball into the area as well as his skill in dead ball situations. At the moment though, the deal between the former Palace player and Bolton Wanderers is off. Freedman was asked by the Bolton News about the situation:
"We brought Andre in for talks and unfortunately it isn't something we could do right now in terms of wages," he said.
"He has gone home but he's a player I really like, he is a free transfer and not under contract with anyone else so I would hope somewhere down the line we could speak again."
Earlier in the day, a new rumor emerged in the Daily Star. The "piece," which in its entirety was 25 words (154 characters) long, claimed that Moritz had been offered a trial by SPL giants, Celtic. The player has however completely denied that rumor, going on his personal Twitter account to clear things up:
The news in the papers aren't true, I am not gonna trial in Celtic, it is a great club but i am not. Only having my name spoken...— Andre Moritz (@andremoritz10) July 25, 2013
...in a great club as Celtic is a honour, hopefully! You will all know my future in the next few days.— Andre Moritz (@andremoritz10) July 25, 2013