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Max Clayton Joins Danish Side On Trial

Bolton Wanderers' hopes of signing Max Clayton seem to have come to an abrupt end as Clayton has reportedly joined Danish side, FC Midtjylland, on trial.

Jamie McDonald

Danish newspaper BT is reporting that FC Midtjylland have taken the 21-year-old on trial after he failed to find a new club in England.

Dougie Freedman had been hopeful of signing the versatile striker, however it appears that Clayton's trial has ended without a formal agreement to join the club.

Freedman has been a long admirer of the forward's talents, but has admitted that Crewe's asking price is putting a number of clubs off signing Clayton, which has resulted in him looking abroad for a new club.

In an interview with the club's official website a few weeks ago Freedman had revealed that the highly sort after youngster had been training with the club,

"Max is training with us; we like him,"

Despite the trial, Freedman foresaw that Clayton may have to leave the country to progress,

"We're one of a few clubs far away from Crewe's valuation. Max has spoken about going abroad. I'm gutted about that because we really want to work with him."

The young forward had tried to force a move away by failing to return for pre-season training with the rest of Crewe Alexandra's squad and has since had spells on trial with Sunderland, Wolves and Bolton, however all three have been unable to reach an agreement with Crewe over a fee for Clayton who has been at the club since he was six.

Clayton is currently out of contract having rejected Crewe's offer of a three-year deal which has been on the table since November. Despite this, due to Clayton being under 24, Crewe will receive compensation for the departure of Clayton and this has acted as a stumbling block for clubs who were thinking of signing the Cheshire born striker.

However, should he move abroad then the fee Crewe would receive would be substantially lower than if he moved to an English club.The Railwaymen have been trying cash in the maximum value from Clayton, but they may be forced to soften their stance or risk losing the starlet for no fee at all if he heads to the Superliga in Denmark.

The deal is by no means officially dead for Bolton Wanderers, although it is looking increasingly unlikely that Freedman will meet the Railwaymen's valuation for Clayton.