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GOSSIP: Wanderers Accept Bids For Reserve Duo

Eaves and Bolger set to leave

Jan Kruger

The BEN is reporting this morning that Bolton Wanderers have accepted bids from MK Dons and Southend United for reserve team pair Tom Eaves and Cian Bolger respectively.

Freedman told the paper:

"I was astonished when I first came to the club that we had no-one out there on loan with re-sale values," he said.

"If a young player doesn't make it, for whatever reason, I want him to go out, get a club and then also get a re-sale value for us.

"If you do your business that way, all of a sudden we'll have 15-20 boys out there who might get a move and then you can make money that way."

Both Eaves and Bolger had been on the fringes of the first team last season, though the Irishman had yet to break into the side. since joining from Leicester City in January 2013, despite often captaining the reserve team. He was sent out on loan to both Colchester United and Southend last season, though made only a brief appearance for Southend, managed by ex-Wanderer Phil Brown.

The manager went on to say:

"I felt Cian is not going to break into the team this year,"

"It's up to him to go and talk with them. For football reasons, I just feel it's important he goes out, gets a squad number and plays some football.

"I could send him out on loan too many times and I'm at the stage where I don't think it would do him any good.

"I'm not afraid to make decisions and I think the best thing for us is to accept the bid and then see if he wants to play week-in, week-out."

Eaves has suffered with the pre-season form of Freedman's own signing Conor Wilkinson, who appears to have taken the Scouser's place as back-up to first team forwards Jermaine Beckford and Craig Davies.

Eaves, who signed from Oldham Athletic in 2010 in a deal worth £1million, has made just four first team appearances, without scoring. He too has spent time out on loan at Rotherham United and Shrewsbury Town.

"Tom has been a little bit unlucky in that Conor Wilkinson has come right up behind him and at Conor's age, I have to give him a go,"

"I can't block the system up. Tom will have a good career but he needs to get out there, play men's football, we get a re-sale value, and then Conor comes in to give it a go."