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Transfer Rumour: Bolton Wanderers to sign Max Clayton

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Out-of-contract Crewe Alexandra striker Max Clayton looks to be on the verge of signing with Bolton Wanderers.

Max Clayton falls down even better than Beckford!
Max Clayton falls down even better than Beckford!
Ian Walton

Highly-rated striker Max Clayton chose not to sign a three-year-deal offered to him by Crewe Alexandra this past summer.  That meant he was free to sign with other clubs.  But, Clayton is only twenty years old, so whichever club signed him had to work out a compensation deal with Crewe.  And Crewe fancy themselves a high-end place to shop.

I don't blame Crewe for wanting fair value, but Marc Iles is reporting in the Bolton News that the asking price was 1 million pounds.  Rich Sharpe has confirmed this in The Sentinel.  Nobody was paying that much for Clayton.  He has shown some promise, and is a former England Youth international, but who cares.  The transfer market will not bare deals like that.

Clayton was on trial with Bolton Wanderers this summer.  When the sides could not agree on compensation, it looked like the lad was headed to Danish side FC Midtjylland.  That has fallen through though, and Crewe have agreed an incentive-laden compensation deal with Bolton that involves substantial sell-on fees for the Railwaymen.

An official announcement should come in the next day or two.