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The top five Bolton Wanderers players linked with top clubs

SKD to Chelsea and more

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Over the years, Bolton Wanderers have been linked with some outrageous players. From such greats like Alessandro Del Piero and Rivaldo to the not so great Leroy Lita, Wanderers fans have heard it all.

When it comes to Wanderers players being linked with other clubs, there have been some audacious links over the years.

Here are some of my favourite Wanderers players linked with top sides from England and Europe.

Kevin Davies to Chelsea - 2008

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Easily the most ridiculous of all these rumours, our very own Super Kevin Davies was once linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. The News of the World reported that then Chelsea manager Big Phil Scolari was on a limited budget to find a striker to play backup to Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.

His targets were reportedly SKD, future Wanderer Emile Heskey and then Sunderland forward Kenwyne Jones. None of the moves happened and Scolari was sacked before the end of the season.

Jussi Jääskeläinen to Arsenal/Barcelona - 2008

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Just two seasons after playing each other in the Champions League final, Arsenal and Barcelona were reportedly going head to head to sign Wanderers stopper Jussi Jääskeläinen.

Arsenal were after a replacement for Jens Lehmann, whilst Barca wanted cover for Victor Valdes. Of course, the move didn't happen, and Jussi went on to stay with Bolton for a further four years.

Fabrice Muamba to Manchester City - 2010

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Having been compared to a young Patrick Vieira, Bolton Wanderers holding midfielder Fabrice Muamba was linked with oil rich Manchester City in June 2010. At the time, Muamba had just had a solid second season as a Wanderers player. A £10 million fee was mooted, but no move came to fruition. Instead, City had to make to do with the actual Patrick Vieira and some midfielder called Yaya Toure.

Stelios to Liverpool - 2005

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After just winning the Champions League, Rafa Benitez was on the lookout for talent to bolster Liverpool's squad. The Spaniard set his sights on Greek winger Stelios. Wanderers wanted a fee of just over £2 million, a relative bargain for a European Championship winner. No solid bid was launched, and Liverpool were instead accused of trying to unsettle Stelios. Thankfully for Wanderers, Stelios stayed at the Reebok for a further three years.

Michael Ricketts to Tottenham Hotspur - 2002

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At one time, Michael Ricketts looked like a future England star. After scoring fifteen goals by February in the 2001/2002 season, Ricketts was given a call up to the England squad by Sven Goran Eriksson. A move to a bigger team looked like a certainty, and Tottenham Hotspur were the team linked. Glen Hordle reportedly eyed Ricketts as the long term successor to the aging Les Ferdinand.

Valued supposedly at £10 million, Ricketts failed to live up to hype. After not scoring another goal in the 2001/2002 season, Ricketts subsequently moved instead to Middlesbrough a year later for £3.5 million.

Notable Mentions

Alan Stubbs to Arsenal - 1995

Gary Cahill to Arsenal/Manchester City/Spurs - 2011 (Coyle you should have taken the money)

Have I missed any good rumours off the list? Let me know in the comments box below.