Ever since Martin Petrov departed for Espanyol, Bolton's wing options have been lacking to say the least. Chris Eagles and Chung-Yong Lee are the only two natural wide players for Wanderers with first team experience. Gregg Wylde has never played a match for Bolton and Benik Afobe is average on a good day on the right for Bolton. In a bid to add depth and long term wide support, a This Is Bristol report says that Bolton Wanderers have joined the race to sign Albert Adomah.
Adomah is a 25-year-old winger with eight national caps for Ghana to his name since 2011. The London-born wide player quickly broke through the ranks of the Black Stars to make their 26-man squad for the 2013 African Cup of Nations (going on right now... and now). He was handed the number 10 shirt by Ghana manager James Kwessi Apiah and has started all three of their group games in the current tournament with his team reaching the next round undefeated. Adomah scored his first, and thus far only goal, for Ghana on January 13, 2013 in a 4-2 friendly win against Tunisia.
The winger signed for Bristol City in 2010 after finishing out his contract with League Two side Barnet. He has since made 112 appearances for them in those two-and-a-half years with 15 goals to his name.
Adomah gathered a lot of interest last summer and has since been drawing the same crowd with Crystal Palace looking to be the favorite to sign him. The Eagles have just lost Wilfried Zaha on a permanent basis (despite him being loaned right back to the club) to Manchester United and have been paid a reported £10 million up front for his services. Palace will be eager to permanently replace Zaha and have already bid twice for Adomah with bids (again, in the This Is Bristol report) of £1 million and £1.5 million turned down. It seems that Bristol City will not let him go for anything south of £2 million.
Which means that it would be serious money for Bolton Wanderers. Dougie Freedman's only permanent signing thus far is Craig Davies (with Cian Bolger looking to join him) and Davies only cost the club a reported £300,000. Whether the club can come up with that kind of money will remain to be seen but Adomah is certainly an ambitious target for the Trotters, something we've longed to see.