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Sell to Buy: The Most Likely Bolton Wanderers Departures

Lenny has to let players leave before he can recruit - but who?

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Bolton Wanderers boss Neil Lennon has been in the papers a fair bit lately, what with the opening of the January transfer window, the Northern Irishman has indicated that the club must sell before they can buy:

"The situation right now is that we haven't got any money to spend, only what we generate from selling players on.

"At the minute there hasn't been any real interest. I haven't had a call about any of the players but I'm sure that will change.

He continued:

"It will be a busy few days. If clubs don't want to let their players out we'll have to be as persuasive as we can.

"That's the area we find ourselves in.

"We have to be clever with Bosman deals, loans, then if we get a bit of money in we can try to use it wisely"

Wanderers have been linked with Celtic pair Kris Commons and Adam Matthews, along with Bradford City forward James Hanson, whilst they have also taken Dutch centre half Nick Kuipers on trial.

What of the current squad? The most likely departures, if you please:

1) Adam Bogdan

Wanderers' best goalkeeper is out of contract at the end of the season, and therefore his value diminishes daily. Previously linked with a move to Germany with Mainz, the Hungarian will not be short of suitors.

Likely value £500,000

2) David Wheater

The former England centre half has struggled with injury of late, with Matt Mills and Dorian Dervite establishing themselves as first pick in the heart of Wanderers' defence. He is a Middlesbrough-born lad and it has been reported that his old club fancy bringing him back to the North East on loan.

Likely value £buttons - but on a good wage

3) Jay Spearing

The forgotten man, Dougie Freedman's captain has been well out of favour since Lennon arrived - often failing to even make the first XI. Wouldn't be short of admirers whilst it seems that his time at Bolton has come to an end.

Likely value £1m plus a good wage

4) Medo Kamara

Another one of Dougie Freedman's favourites, the Sierra Leonian midfielder has yet to feature under Lennon as far as I can remember, and is another who faces the exit fairly sharpish.

Likely value £500,000 at best

5) Rob Hall

The squeaky-voiced southern man-child has barely been seen on the field since the arrival of Neil Lennon. Another one who fails to take any chance offered to him, he can hardly complain.

His performance against Bury in the cup earlier this season was one of the most pathetic things I've ever seen in my entire life as he hid from the ball lest he have to face a burly full-back. His recent 45 minute appearance at home to Blackburn Rovers was equally abysmal and should again mean that he won't show up any time soon.

Likely value 50p and a bag of Space Invaders

6) Neil Lennon

I don't even like writing it - but it's true.

Bolton's manager is arguably our most valuable asset at the moment and could quite easily attract the attention of a Premier League club should his good work at the club continue at the same pace. He doesn't seem like the type to leave the club without completing his project but money talks.

Likely value £2m compo