In the wee hours of Thursday morning, the Mirror released a new report from Alan Nixon, as they tend to quite regularly. The report claimed that Bolton Wanderers were "ready to make a £1 million move" for DR Congo striker Jeremy Bokila. The 6'2" forward has one international cap to his name and is owned by Belgian side SV Zulte Waregem, who ply their trade in the Jupiler Pro League, the country's top flight. Earlier in the day, there were unsourced Twitter rumors that the player was actually already training with the Trotters.
For Zulte Waregem, Bokila has scored just twice in 25 appearances since 2010 but has spent the whole of the last two seasons on loan. The 2011/12 season saw Bokila at Sparta Rotterdam in the Dutch second division, scoring 15 goals in 30 appearances. Last season had the 24-year-old forward at Petrolul Ploiesti, in the Romanian top flight. There, Bokila scored 16 times in 31 appearances.
According to the Mirror's report, Bolton Wanderers would be forced to sell Craig Davies in order to raise the apparent £1 million asking price. If you've been following along, you may remember the rumor of Craig Davies to Wolves, which manager Dougie Freedman vehemently denied, speaking in a BBC Radio Manchester interview:
"I have heard nothing, nobody's contacted me from Wolves. As far as I'm concerned, I'd like Craig to stay here.
"This could have been some 12 year old Wolves fan tweeting."
Then, there is Bokila's strange situation this summer. The player apparently ran away from Petrolul's training camp earlier this summer in a bid to try to sign with AC Ajaccio, Adrian Mutu's current club. The player, per Romanian journalist Emanuel Roşu, left Petrolul's camp after being recommended to Ajaccio by Mutu himself.
Corsican papers wrote yesterday that Mutu asked Ajaccio president Orsoni to sign Bokila as soon as possible. #efc #Petrolul— Emanuel Roşu (@Emishor) June 30, 2013
Striker Jeremy Bokila ran away from Petrolul's training camp. He was recommended by Mutu @ Ajaccio and wants to join the Corse club.— Emanuel Roşu (@Emishor) July 10, 2013
The player's contract situation looks questionable at best with Bokila apparently claiming that he is a free agent while Waregem are insistent that the player is theirs. Bokila and Ajaccio had apparently already discussed terms on a three year contract, per Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor.